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ARTD1126 Introduction to Textile Design, Skills and Processes

Module Overview

This module introduces you to Textile Design through the areas of printed, woven and knitted textiles. The introduction to the three specialist areas of the programme will allow you to use a range of research methods and media exploration to generate ideas, which will be explored through introductory workshop skills, materials and processes across the three specialisms. This will enable you to make choices regarding the more specialist direction of your practice. As well as engaging in creating your practical work, you will learn how your contextual knowledge and critical thinking will help you develop and enhance your work. You will be able to engage in exciting skills you may not have explored before. This module will also give you the opportunity to gain confidence within a specialism and experience new ways of thinking and making.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to introduce you to a range of research, study and practical textile skills to enable you to develop your thinking and practice • to introduce you to basic concepts, techniques and methods through a range of specialised textile workshop inductions • to promote your understanding of printed, woven and knitted textiles to enable you to make choices regarding the direction of your practice

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • an introductory range of workshop skills and processes across the three disciplines
  • an exploratory approach to the development of ideas through drawing and experimentation through a variety of media
  • contemporary art and design practice and cultural contexts and how this can be integrated into your own practice
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply practical workshop skills to realise your ideas
  • evidence a coherent development in your work based on interpretation of research
  • reflect and evaluate your work to make informed judgments including problem solving
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate and present your ideas effectively in a variety of formats
  • utilise a wide range of learning sources to inform your practice including digital skills
  • manage your time effectively and meet set deadlines
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • explore and employ a range of materials, techniques and processes, in development work and final outcomes including digital technologies to an introductory level
  • use machines and equipment competently and safely to an introductory level in the studio workshops


Indicative content for this module normally includes: • Sketchbook development • Workshop inductions • Drawing sessions • Introductory Digital sessions • Health and Safety The projects and technical inductions of this module are set to enable you to explore the range of textile subject specialisms. Workshops will introduce you to basic techniques and skills in research, drawing for design, handloom sampling, flatbed machine knitting, textile printing and digital design. Tutorials and studio sessions will guide you through research methods, idea development and approaches for interpretation into textile design ideas. These should help promote your understanding of printed, woven and knitted textiles. Based on your experiences towards the end of this module, you will be asked to choose a Textile Design specialism you want to pursue in the next practice based module, Textiles, Materials and Design. Your choice of a specialism in this module will help you consider and finalise which of the programme’s specialist pathways suits your strengths and interests and will be your mode of study for the rest of the programme in Parts 2 and 3.

Special Features

Industry and guest speakers sharing insight into the textiles industry It is expected that students visit museums and galleries independently as an essential part of their learning. Additional study trips may be arranged as part of your learning experience, these are optional and reasonable adjustments will be made for students with special needs. Any additional costs will be highlighted prior to final arrangements. This module will normally include a field trip which is financially supported by the programme. Induction to specialist workshops.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Project briefings • Group tutorials • One-to-one tutorials • Critical reviews • Formative feedback • Creative workshops • Technical demonstrations • Visual presentations Learning activities include: • Creative portfolio development • Drawing workshops • Technical skills development • Research development • Creative design and technical workshops • Peer group learning • Group critiques • Formative self-evaluation • Industry Insight from guest speakers • Study Skills Hub Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes In this module, creative teaching activities and interactive learning will help you to develop a range of skills through which you can explore a project specific to textile design and the modules learning outcomes. You will experience a variety of creative and technical workshops, which are designed to give you an introduction to textile design and offer you tools through which to experiment and explore. Lectures and further workshops will introduce you to the subject areas, project theme and contextualise your thinking. You will be encouraged to develop your critical thinking to help you enhance your work through its development. Group and one-to-one tutorials are held with specialist staff that will help you to review your progress and development. Group discussion and group critiques will provide opportunities for peer group learning and self-evaluation. Formative Assessment is non-marked. Formative feedback is given continually through a variety of verbal opportunities during the module, including weekly tutorials and project reviews as well as peer-group sessions. 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. Written formative feedback is undertaken mid –semester to help identify any issues in advance of Summative Assessment. Summative Assessment (written sheet with mark) is based on a final portfolio of work presented in response to the set projects at the end of each semester. Specialist staff, along with your Personal Tutor, will advise you on your choice of subject specialism for the Textiles, Materials and Design Module taking place in Semester 2.

Supervised time in studio/workshop63
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
External visits5
Wider reading or practice30
Practical classes and workshops85
Completion of assessment task90
Independent Study100
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Academic Integrity issues.

Russell. A (2011). The Fundamentals of Printed Textile design AVA Academia. 

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

Holyoke, J (2013). Digital Jacquard Design. 

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support. Digital Learning resource for students to access digital support and tutorials

Harvard citing and referencing systems, including the citethemright online resource.

Briggs-Goode. A (2013). Printed Textile Design. 

Alderman. S. (2008). Mastering Weave Structures transforming ideas into great cloth. 

Blackboard. Panopto via Blackboard

Shenton. J. (2004). Woven Textile Design. 

WSA Creative Services. Students can access a wide range of 2D and 3D printing and laser cut facilities.

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

Clarke, S. (2011). Textile Design. 

Bowles. M & Isaac. C (2009). Digital Textile Design. 

Dowde, J. (2004). Freeform knitting and crochet (Vol. Milner Craft Series). 



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:

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

On average students may expect to spend up to £200 per studio module, although this may vary dependent on students use of materials. The cost of material and media may vary depending on the nature of your chosen response to your studio project. Costs associated with the module may include key texts, studio related materials, sketchbooks, printing, photocopies, USB stick/s, and external hard-drive. The 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. REQUIRED: Sketchbooks Drawing materials, including paper, paints, and a variety of media Fabrics, threads, yarn and sewing materials Some print pastes, screw top pots Cost for printing and photocopying Scissors and or scalpel Any material that you may wish to use for experimentation and production of final work USB Memory stick –large memory for back up of digital textile files OPTIONAL Laptop Hard Drive Camera PROVIDED Some fabrics, paper and support media for certain workshops

Equipment and Materials

The following is a list of recommended equipment and material for the Textile Design programme in Part 1: A4/A3/A2 Sketchbooks dependent on textile discipline, Tracing paper or layout pad, A4 ring bound folder, Magic tape or masking tape, Spray mount glue, Glue stick, Pencil set [From 6B – 9B], Fine and medium nib pens [Black or dark grey], Thick marker pen [Black or dark grey], Graphite stick [6B or 8B], Range of chalks, soft pastels and oil pastels, Charcoals, Quick ink, Watercolour inks [Dr Martin inks recommended as the best] and Resist fluid, Acrylic paint [start with 1x Tube of white], Set of brushes [recommend - small hogs-hair brush and either 8, 10,12 nylon round nylon brush], Various paper types A3-A2 – sugar paper, handmade paper, wallpaper etc. Low-cost fine hairspray, paper shears [minimum 20cm], Fabric shears [minimum 23cm], Tape measure, Steel Ruler [30cm], Fine steel pins, Scalpel and blades, Overall or an old shirt or apron, Teaspoons, Dessert spoons, ½ litre airtight plastic pots with lids (at least 4), USB Memory Stick/External Hard Drive.


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 You will be guided by your tutors to preparatory and ongoing relevant texts whether in print or available online. An on-going relevant reading list to specific projects will be listed on the project brief/s and available on blackboard.

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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