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ARTD1124 Fashion Design, Materials and Textiles

Module Overview

This module continues the work of Introduction to Fashion Design Principles and Processes. It is similarly contextualised by specific themes and you will have set projects to help you focus your work. In this module you will engage with Fashion Design and its fundamental relationship with materials and textiles. Dependent upon the area of fashion you are working with, i.e. menswear, womenswear, sportswear and tailoring, you need different materials and fabrics. Practical skills-based workshops and creative design and industry insight sessions will support your development and awareness of the context and research, design, material development and presentation skills, required for a professional fashion portfolio.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a research informed approach to fashion design practice
  • design development applied to a range of fashion design contexts
  • how to creatively integrate and explore a variety of media, techniques, technologies and materials in the realisation of your projects ideas
  • drawing, digital and visual communication skills appropriate to fashion design
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • make informed judgments in the selection and use of ideas, materials and techniques
  • inform your practice by selecting, analysing and reflecting on research appropriate to set projects
  • generate ideas through enquiry, analysis and critical reflection
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively in a variety of formats including digital media
  • manage your time and produce work to set deadlines
  • generate ideas and solve problems independently
  • make effective use of learning resources
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • select and explore fashion design techniques, materials and processes
  • use machines and equipment competently and safely in the studios and workshops
  • apply practical skills effectively in the development of your work


This module offers an insight into the fundamental relationship between Fashion Design, materials and textiles. You will work with set projects exploring the ways in which materials and textiles are practically used in a range of areas within Fashion Design, from menswear and womenswear to sportswear and tailoring. To support your learning you will have specialist creative and practical workshops and sessions, which will increase your skills and enable you to explore your ideas from the perspective of the set projects. The set projects may vary each academic year to reflect current practice in the fashion industry. During the Fashion Design, Materials and Textiles module you will be asked to decide which pathway you wish to study for Part 2 and 3. You will get advice to support your pathway choice from your Subject Tutors.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Visual presentations • Group tutorials and discussions • One-to-one tutorials • Creative and technical workshops • Industry insight from guest speakers Learning activities include: • Creative portfolio development • Drawing and digital portfolio workshops • Creative design and technical workshops • Peer group learning • Critical reviews • Self Evaluation • Study Skills support 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 materials and textiles relevant to different areas in fashion design. You will explore set projects through taught and independent practice in the studios and workshops. This module is also about establishing a foundation of relevant skills to explore your creativity and produce exciting informed responses to your project ideas. Formative feedback on your work is offered in the form of one-to-one and group tutorials and critical reviews with staff and peers. This will allow you to reflect on and develop your understanding of fashion design, materials and textiles. There will also be a focus on creating a professional portfolio. The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support Harvard citing and referencing support including citethemright online resource Academic Integrity support Study Skills Workshops Note: This module does not allow an external repeat and students who fail it need to retake the module internally at WSA. This applies to practice-based modules where achievement of the objectives and learning outcomes is demonstrated through practice based outputs, which require the use of specialist equipment, facilities, supervision and training.

Completion of assessment task90
Supervised time in studio/workshop78
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Follow-up work100
Wider reading or practice30
Practical classes and workshops90
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list


Blackboard. Panopto via Blackboard


Bowie Style (2010). Print and Pattern. 

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

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

The following is a list of recommended equipment for the Fashion Design programme in Part 1:. A4 and A3 Sketchbooks, Tracing paper and layout pad, A4 ring bound folders, Magic and masking tape, Glue stick, Drawing and painting material including pens, pencils, chalks, marker pens, inks, paints, brushes etc., paper shears [minimum 20cm], Fabric shears [minimum 23cm], Tape measure, Ruler [30cm], pattern-master ruler, Fine steel pins, calico, pattern cutting paper, various materials and fabrics for the set projects. This is not a complete list of equipment and material needed, however it is an indication of what students need at the beginning of the programme to start the first project. A more detailed list will be given at the beginning of the programme.

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

Issey Miyake (1999). Making Things Foundation. 

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

Nakamichi Tomoko (2012). Pattern Magic Stretch Fabrics:. 



Portfolio Development


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Equipment and Materials

Costs associated with the module may include key texts, study trips, fabrics, sketchbooks, boards, drawing material and photocopies. In Part 1 some material is covered by the programme, including selected fabrics, thread and paper. REQUIRED Sketchbooks Implements for drawing / writing Credit for printing and photocopying Tape Scissors and or scalpel Any material that you may wish to use for experimentation and production of the final work USB Memory stick OPTIONAL Hard Drive Laptop Camera PROVIDED Paper and support media for certain workshops cost of material and media may vary depending on the nature of your chosen response to your studio project. The quality and choice of materials and media in producing your final work will be directed by you, however some basic materials may be made available to you for free in certain modules i.e. paper, calico.


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