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ARTD1096 Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design Skills

Module Overview

This module continues the work of Introduction to Fashion & Textile Design Portfolio. It is similarly contextualised by specific themes and you will be set projects to help you focus your work. In this module the subject-specific skills and context you learn will depend on the subject specialism you have chosen to explore from the choice of Fashion Design, Knitwear for Fashion, Printed Textiles and Woven Textiles. This will enable you to develop and be aware of the context and essential research, design, development and presentation skills required for a portfolio relating to a specific subject area.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to build on the discipline-specific practice-based skills that you encountered in semester one and introduce you to some of the basic concepts, techniques and practices within a chosen specialist subject; • to explore a contextual theme or topic through your discipline and specialist subject; • to enable you to begin to develop a contextual understanding of a specialist subject.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • contemporary issues in practice and theory of fashion and textiles to a basic level;
  • how to creatively integrate and exploit a variety of media, techniques, technologies and materials to realise your ideas to a basic level;
  • how to apply fashion and textile concepts, techniques, methods and processes, including the digital, in the realisation of your projects to a basic level;
  • how to evaluate and utilise presentation skills effectively in relevant contexts to a basic level.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply methods of enquiry and reflection which will enable you to critically evaluate the qualities in your work in order to relate your ideas to an intended context;
  • make independent critical judgments in the selection and use of ideas, materials, techniques and processes;
  • generate ideas through enquiry, analysis and critical reflection;
  • inform your practice by analysing and critically reflecting on contemporary issues;
  • realise your ideas to a basic level through the evaluation and selection of appropriate media and techniques.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively in a variety of verbal, written, technological and visual formats to a basic level;
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of subject specific, printed and electronic sources to inform;
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines;
  • reflect on your own work and learn from experience;
  • manage your time effectively, work to deadlines;
  • use effectively subject specific, library and digital resources, including the internet to a basic level.
  • generate ideas and solve problems independently and collaboratively to a basic level;
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • explore and exploit materials, techniques and processes, including computer assisted technologies to a basic level;
  • work and use basic and introductory machines and equipment safely in the studios and workshops;
  • apply basic practical skills effectively in the making of your work;
  • gather and organise information to inform and challenge the practical development of your work and practice to a basic level.


An important feature of this module is the way in which your involvement with your selected specialist subject makes it possible to direct and focus your learning, thinking, experimental design development and portfolio presentation. To support this process you will be involved with specialists who will introduce you to some of the background and current thinking particular to your chosen subject. Specialist workshop inductions will increase your discipline-specific skills and enable you to explore your ideas from the perspective of the subject. Depending upon which subject specialism you select you will participate in projects and workshops that introduce you to various silk-screen printing processes, woven textiles for product, various knitting techniques or introductory creative pattern cutting and construction. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. They may vary each academic year as projects and workshops focus on insights drawn from current practice in the fashion and textile design industry. During the Introduction to Fashion & Textile Design Portfolio module you will be asked to decide which pathway of your programme you wish to study in the Part 1 Semester 2 Introduction to Fashion & Textile Design Skills module and Part 2. You do not have to study the same subject in Part 2 as you did in the Introduction to Fashion & Textile Design Skills, however, once you have chosen a particular pathway for Part 2, you will study that route through Part 2 and 3 of your programme. You can also draw on advice to aid your choice of study in Part Two from your Subject Tutors, Module Convenor or Programme Leader.

Special Features

When study trips are arranged, they are optional and students with special needs may be able to participate dependent on destination. There will be an equivalent experience arranged by the Programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures in theory, history and design process • Industry insight from guest speakers • Group tutorials and discussions • One-to-one tutorials • Creative and technical workshops • Technical demonstrations • Visual presentations Learning activities include: • Creative portfolio development • Drawing and portfolio presentation workshops • Research and concept development workshops • Creative design and technical workshops • Study visits • Peer group learning • Group critiques • Self-assessment Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes In this module learning and teaching activities focus on helping you to explore a specialist subject relevant to your programme of study. Specific attention will be given to developing an understanding of the particular issues, methodologies and practices of one of your discipline’s specialist subjects. You will explore one or more projects through tutor-led and independent practice in the studio/specialist area and use your experience of workshop inductions to advance your ideas and personalise your work. This level is about establishing a foundation of relevant skills and working methods but we will expect you to explore your creativity and imagination to produce exciting and informed responses to your project ideas. Formative feedback is offered in the form of group tutorials and critiques with specialist staff and peers. This will allow you to reflect on and develop your understanding of the module, your discipline and subject, and help you review the progress of your own work and that of your peer group. Formative feedback in also offered in the form of one-to-one tutorials with specialist tutors. There will also be a focus on creating a subject-specific portfolio. This guidance will help those students who have to make an informed choice of pathway in Part 2.

Independent Study310
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Nuno Nuno books. published by the Nuno corporation (7 titles)

Nakamichi Tomoko (2012). Pattern Magic Stretch Fabrics. 

Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston (2010). Fabrics for Fashion. 

Clark, S. (2011). Textile Design. 

Melanie Bowles and Ceri Isaac (2009). Digital Textile Design. 

Tellier-Loumagne, Françoise (2005). The art of knitting : inspirational stitches, textures and surfaces. 

Cole (2007). Patterns. 

Jenkyn Jones. S. (2002). Fashion Design. 

Donofrio-Ferrezza, Lisa (2008). Designing a knitwear collection : from inspiration to finished garments. 

Sissons Juliana (2009). Basic Fashion Design: Knit. 

Simon Sievewright (2007). Basic Fashion Design: Research and Design. 

Bowie Style (2010). Print and Pattern. 

books by AVA Publishing from Bloomsbury.

Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston (1999). Making Things Foundation. 

books by Laurence King Publishing.

Sarah Braddoch and Marie O’Mahony (1998). Techno Textiles. 


Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment of this module will be assessed through a portfolio of work. A portfolio of work is a collection of developmental work and final outcomes appropriate to your discipline, e.g. sketchbooks, drawings, digital media, presentation boards, samples, textiles, garments and finished work. For the duration of this module you will be taught by a team of specialist staff in sessions timetabled across the week. You will be timetabled to take technical and creative design workshop, tutorials and lectures. When taught time is not scheduled to take place you are expected to work independently in the studio, library and workshops on work for your projects and assessment. Independent study is crucial to your development and successful achievement in this module. Your development and your work and outcomes of your independent study will be discussed in tutorials and group critiques.




MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Art Equipment and Materials: Drawing paper; painting materials; sketchbooks

Costs associated with the module may include key texts, study trips, fabrics, textile materials, sketchbooks, boards, drawing material and photocopies. In Part 1 some materials are covered by the programme, including selected fabrics, yarns, thread, print dyes and pastes and paper.

Study Trips

Costs usually associated with study trips are travel to and from the destination, lunch and venue entrance fees.


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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