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ARTD1127 Visual Research and Study Skills for Textiles

Module Overview

This module introduces you to research, critical thinking, analysis and reflection within wider Art, Design and Culture in general and Textile Design in particular. This module will equip you with skills necessary to be able to engage in research, which will give you a foundation of references and contexts, underpinning the areas of Textile Design in a challenging and creative setting.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • an introduction to a research informed broad based appreciation of the wider cultural perspectives available in the development of your practice.
  • how to locate and translate your visual and contextual research in written form to communicate and express your ideas effectively.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • how to apply methods of enquiry, critical evaluation, selection and analysis of your research to your writing
  • generate and realise ideas through your analysis, evaluation and evidence the contextual connections of your research
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, communicate and challenge your thinking
  • study independently, manage your time and produce work to deadlines
  • present and communicate ideas effectively into written formats
  • cite references and sources using the appropriate Harvard style referencing system


• methods and approaches to Library skills, etc. • research skills development • academic writing • critical thinking • academic integrity • source and information management • time management • critical analysis and evaluation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures • seminars • tutorials • peer discussion Learning activities include • lectures • peer group learning • seminars • using, comparing and evaluating the specialist resources available • Study Skills Hub

Completion of assessment task42
Independent Study60
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Harvard citing and referencing systems, including citethemright onlineresource.

The library provides comprehensive advice on researching and referencing material. You will be guided by your tutors to preparatory and ongoing relevant texts whether in print or available online. These will enable you to gain an appreciation of the contemporary theoretical and practical framework in which you are working and promote discipline-specific critical thinking.

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support.


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

Barnard, Malcolm (2002). Fashion as Communication. 

Cottrell S (2005). Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 

Blackboard. will house most of your teaching materials, subject notes and information, videos, slides and documents) Panopto via Blackboard

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

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



Essay proposal


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (2000 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:


REQUIRED Cost for printing and photocopying USB Memory stick OPTIONAL Laptop Hard Drive Camera


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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