Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton

ARTD1128 Textiles, Materials and Design

Module Overview

This module continues the work of Introduction to Textile Design, Skills and Processes through the discipline specific skills that you explored in Semester one through more focused practical learning, enquiry and critical thinking to help you resolve your design ideas. You will be set projects to focus and contextualise your work in printed textiles, knitted textiles and woven textiles. This will enable you to research your ideas in order to produce and present a portfolio of creative design development and outcomes and make an informed selection of specialism for Parts 2 and 3.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • contemporary thinking and practice within textiles, art and design
  • how to creatively apply a variety of media, techniques and materials to realise your ideas
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • generate and develop ideas through enquiry, and critical analysis of your research
  • make informed selections of materials techniques and processes based on your research and experimentation
  • resolve your ideas towards appropriate design outcomes
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate and present ideas effectively in a variety of written and visual formats
  • manage your time effectively and meet deadlines
  • employ digital skills to support your learning
  • use library and online resources effectively to inform your practice
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate competent use of materials, techniques and processes to an introductory level
  • use machines, chemicals and equipment competently and safely in the studios and workshops to an introductory level.


You will be taught by specialists who will introduce you to some of the background and current thinking particular to your chosen subject. You will be encouraged to develop your ideas through research and critical thinking skills in relation to your design development. Specialist workshop inductions will broaden your discipline-specific skills and enable you to explore your ideas practically. You will participate in projects and workshops that introduce you to various materials, processes and techniques relevant to current practice in the textile design industry. Techniques include • Print- dyeing, screen-printing processes, CAD specialisms for textile design and digital printing. • Knit -hand knitting, flat-bed domestic machines, dyeing, 3d construction • Weave -hand loom weaving, basic CAD for Jacquard

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Subject specific presentations • Group tutorials and discussions • One-to-one tutorials • Critical reviews • Creative and practical workshops • Technical demonstrations • Industry insight from guest speakers Learning activities include: • Research and idea development • Practical skills development • Communication and presentation of ideas. • Independent learning • Peer group learning • Group critiques • Self-assessment • External visits optional • Study Skills Hub 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 your chosen specialist subject within textile design. Specific attention will be given to developing your understanding and practical skills. You will explore a number of 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 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 in advance of Summative Assessment. Summative Assessment (written feedback sheet with mark) is based on a final portfolio of work presented in response to the set projects at the end of each semester.

Follow-up work100
Wider reading or practice30
Practical classes and workshops90
Supervised time in studio/workshop70
Completion of assessment task90
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard. Panopto via Blackboard

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

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

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

Holyoke, J (2013). Digital Jacquard Design. 

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

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

Harvard citing and referencing systems, including citethemright online resource.

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

Clarke, S. (2011). Textile Design. 

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

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

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

Academic Integrity issues.



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 and sewing materials 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 OPTIONAL Laptop Hard Drive Camera PROVIDED Some fabrics, paper and support media for certain workshops The following is a list of recommended equipment and material for the Textile Design programme in Part 1: A4/A3/A2 Sketchbooks dependant 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, 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).


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 including websites, gallery suggestions to specific projects and other resource lists will be listed on the project brief/s and available on Blackboard Texts listed below are some additional wider reference texts across the three specialist areas for this module. They are available in limited supply in the University Library.

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

Share this module Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo
Privacy Settings