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ARTD1097 Research and Communication Skills: FTD

Module Overview

This module introduces you to research, communication, critical thinking, analysis and reflection within Art & Design in general and Fashion & Textile Design in particular. This module will equip you with skills necessary to get a greater understanding of the link between Fashion & Textiles theory and practice and your output from this module will reflect the media and approaches of Fashion & Textile Design.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to introduce you to critical thinking, how to reflect on the work of others, the process of evaluation and the contextualisation of your ideas through key Art & Design debates; • to establish familiarity with an introductory range of study and written communication skills appropriate to Art & Design, e.g. library research skills and e-communications; • to introduce you to good practice in the organisation and communication of your ideas; • to introduce you to academic integrity and ethical behaviours in Art & Design.

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 evaluate and utilise presentation skills effectively in relevant contexts to a basic level;
  • an introduction to research informed broad based appreciation of design practice, including the work of contemporary national and international practitioners and how they represent different professional, cultural and technological contexts;
  • a basic understanding of innovative practices, concepts and debates and how the professional, cultural and technological changes taking place in this field impact on fashion, textiles and related practices;
  • a basic understanding of fashion, knitwear and textile design, informed by recent research, including the professional, cultural and technological innovations evolving in this field.
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 to a basic level;
  • inform your practice by analysing and critically reflecting on contemporary issues to a basic level;
  • develop your ideas by applying thinking and concepts informed by a context of recent approaches to the practice and theory of your discipline to a basic level.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

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

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • gather and organise information to inform and challenge the practical development of your work and practice to a basic level.


This module aims to introduce you to a broad range of study skills necessary to engage positively with your programme and to communicate your ideas effectively. Through a range of contemporary Art & Design debates we will introduce you to methods and approaches that will inspire you to be critical of the work of others and to evaluate ideas informed by a critical context. You will be encouraged to reflect on the practice of making and the challenge of communicating ideas about visual material in written form. We will highlight for you the importance of academic integrity, i.e. not misrepresenting the work of others as your own, and raise your ethical awareness of the rights of others in the creative industries focusing on Fashion & Textile Design.

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 • Seminars • Tutorials • Demonstrations Learning activities include: • Lectures • Peer Group Learning • Seminars • Using, comparing and evaluating the specialist resources for Art & Design • Introductions to digital media Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes This module will be directed by lectures that will provide the intellectual and skills framework necessary to enable you to apply critical, evaluative and reflective skills in the context of your ideas and work. Case studies drawn from current Art & Design debates will present methods and approaches necessary to formulate your ideas and communicate your thinking effectively. Through lectures and seminars you will explore and become familiar with Art & Design and Fashion & Textiles terminology and test your thinking around key issues such as ethical behaviour and responsible fashion and textiles practice. This module focuses on developing the different facets of studying, how to conduct quality research and how to communicate effectively at undergraduate level, as well as the importance of self-initiated study. The assessment will help you to apply the skills you will develop throughout this module.

External visits
Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Cottrell S. Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 


Fletcher, Kate (2008). Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys. 


Shinkle, Eugenie (2008). Fashion as Photograph: Viewing and Reviewing Images of Fashion. 

Davis, Fred (1992). Fashion, Culture and Identity. 

Bartlett, Djurda, Cole, Shaun and Rocamora, Agnes (2013).  Fashion Media: Past and Present. 

Palmer, Alexandra (2004). Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion. 

Bruzzi, Stella and Church Gibson, Pamela (2000). Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations and Analysis. 

Barnard, Malcolm (2002). Fashion as Communication. 

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teaching materials, videos, slides and documents.

teaching materials, videos, slides and documents.

Lury, Celia (2011). Consumer Culture. 

Pavitt, Jane (2008). Fear and Fashion in the Cold War. 

Wilson, Elizabeth (2003). Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity. 

The library provides comprehensive advice on researching and referencing material:.





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio with supporting report  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio with supporting report  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio with supporting report  ( words) 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:

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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