This module introduces a range of contexts and theory informing future textiles. It will provide you with the contextual platform needed to practice challenging and creative textile design relevant to a future context.
This module brings together wider art and design perspectives, to give you the opportunity to engage in analysis and to give you a foundation of references and context, underpinning the area of Fashion & Textile Design in a challenging and creative setting.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- how to evaluate and use visual research and study skills in relevant contexts
- innovative practices, concepts and debates and different professional, cultural and technological contexts relevant to future textile design
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- cite references and sources using the appropriate Harvard style referencing system
- generate ideas, study independently and produce work to set deadlines
- identify, select and draw upon a range of sources to inform and challenge your thinking and writing
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- inform your practice by analysing and critically reflecting on contemporary issues
- apply methods of enquiry and reflection, which will enable you to critically evaluate and relate ideas to an intended context.
- develop your ideas by applying thinking, informed by a context of recent approaches to the practice and theory of textiles
Textile Contexts is a Part 1 core module. It has been designed to facilitate your development of skills necessary for the critical development of well-informed perspectives of contemporary art and design with a focus and relevance for textiles. The perspectives and context provided by this module can also offer a career orientation for the next stages in studying textile design.
In this module, we will explore how practice is informed by context and theory. In lectures, seminars and tutorials, we will look critically at art and design objects and events with their relevant texts. We will discuss major concepts and key positions and evaluate the relevance and significance of differing perspectives in art and design, and you will apply them accordingly to textile design. Through this work we will encourage you to explore practically how the current developments in art and design can inform your own textiles work.
Lectures will be used to convey representations and information on the contemporary scene of art and design, focusing on textiles contexts. Seminars and group discussions will allow more detailed examination of particular themes and sources.
You will be encouraged to access what material is available in the library and online to assist in gaining a wide perspective of the art and design context relevant to textiles.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods include:
- project briefings
Learning activities include:
- peer group learning
- formative self-evaluation and critical reflection
- Study skills hub
- Independent research
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 investigate, question and analyse the nature of contemporary art and design contexts, its theory and how this influences discipline-specific practice, including Textile Design. Informal feedback will provide opportunities for peer group learning and self-evaluation. The summative assessment will be by way of an illustrated 2,000-word essay.
This module’s learning and teaching methods are designed to help you broaden your understanding of contemporary issues within art and design and explore practical creative possibilities. By studying independently you will learn how to manage your time effectively outside the taught sessions.
|Completion of assessment task||42|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||24|
|Wider reading or practice||60|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Harvard citing and referencing systems, including citethemright online resource. http://library.soton.ac.uk/sash/referencing
Blackboard. http://blackboard.soton.ac.uk Panopto via Blackboard
The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support. http://library.soton.ac.uk/sash
Academic Integrity issues. http://library.soton.ac.uk/sash/what-is-academic-integrity
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This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Illustrated essay Essay proposal
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External