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ARTD2094 Reflective Journal 2 for Fashion and Textile Design

Module Overview

This module promotes the development of critical and reflective abilities through the analysis of visual and written material relevant to your discipline within Fashion & Textiles. It also highlights the importance of critical thinking, reflection and analysis within creative practice. Your output from this module will reflect the context, media and approaches of your chosen specialism within the Fashion & Textile Design Programme.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • contemporary issues in practice and theory of fashion and textiles;
  • how to utilise methods of thinking, planning and making to help resolve problems in self initiated projects to an intermediate level;
  • a research informed broad based appreciation of design practice, including the work of contemporary national and international practitioners and how they represent different professional, cultural and technological contexts;
  • an understanding of innovative practices, concepts and debates and how the professional, cultural and technological changes taking place in this field impact on fashion, textiles and related practices;
  • an understanding of fashion, knitwear or textile design, informed by recent research, including the professional, cultural and technological innovations evolving in this field.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply methods of enquiry and reflection which will enable you to critically evaluate the qualities in your work in order to relate your ideas to an intended context;
  • evaluate and challenge the conceptual and technical boundaries of your discipline to a basic level;
  • generate ideas through enquiry, analysis and critical reflection;
  • inform your practice by analysing and critically reflecting on contemporary issues;
  • develop your ideas by applying thinking and concepts informed by a context of recent approaches to the practice and theory of your discipline.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively in a variety of verbal, written, technological and visual formats to an intermediate level;
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of subject specific, printed and electronic sources to inform and challenge your thinking;
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines;
  • reflect on your own work and learn from experience;
  • manage your time effectively, work to deadlines;
  • use effectively subject specific, library and digital resources, including the internet to an intermediate level.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • gather and organise information to inform and challenge the practical development of your work and practice.


The Reflective Journal documents the research that underpins your subject-specific practice within Fashion & Textiles. It should contain notes from critical readings, contextual references and document the clear development of your critical research. Your awareness and consideration of the context in which you are practicing, as well as an articulation of how this context informs and/or challenges your practice, should be evident. It is a requirement that the 3000 word Reflective Journal Essay must be typed. The ongoing Reflective Journal supported with annotated images can be handwritten but it should be legible. This is accompanied by a bibliography with a vast range of suitable academic references. At this level, your Reflective Journal should act as a tool to record the critical context of your studio practice in the Specialist Practice and Research for Fashion & Textile Design, the Industry Placement module or the Study Exchange module. The Reflective Journal is the equivalent of a 3000-word essay.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Introduction to the module (In Semester 1 for those taking the Student Exchange Module) • Face-to-face and/or online electronic support if you are studying the Student Exchange module • Lectures (Students on the Student Exchange Module will not attend, but will receive electronic support) • Seminars (Students on the Student Exchange Module will not attend, but will receive electronic support) • Tutorials Learning activities include • Reflective Journal • Self-reflection (i.e., what have I experienced?) • Independent analysis (i.e. what have I learnt from looking at the work of other artists, artefacts etc.) • Peer learning • Group discussions Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Learning in this module is intended to be highly independent and self-directed, supported by a framework of face- to-face and/or electronic tutorials as appropriate. The Reflective Journal encourages you to reflect on your subject area of Fashion and Textiles and your specialist area in a contemporary context. You will reflect on your practical work and projects and identify ideas that will inform a more considered and creative approach to your work. A self-reflective analytical approach is critical. This means putting your ideas into a context of other artists, designers and writer’s work and building a supporting argument for your ideas in the essay. The critical work of the Reflective Journal will be mostly evidenced in your 3000-word Essay but could also be evidenced by way of critical comments and reflective text inserted into your Reflective Journal folder. If you are taking the Industry Placement module or Study Exchange module, you may receive formative face-to-face feedback from staff where you are located and will receive support electronically from WSA Academics. If you are studying outside the UK, face-to-face tutorials may be delivered in the language of the host country. The assessed outcome of this module is the 3000-word Essay and Reflective Journal folder. The Reflective Journal will lay foundations for your work and research at Part 3.

Wider reading or practice40
Completion of assessment task40
Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Follow-up work25
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Resources. You will draw on the suitable texts and electronic resources that your tutors have advised are appropriate to your self-directed Specialist Practice and Research for Fashion & Textile Design project to develop your contextualise your self-reflection. For students who have taken the Industry Placement module or Study Exchange module, online support will direct your questions to appropriate resources. You may receive in the institution at which you are studying tutorial advice in the language of the host country.





MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal 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:

Books and Stationery equipment

You may wish to purchase some key texts, as they will be useful references in future Fashion & Textile Design modules and Option modules.

Study Trips

Costs usually associated with study trips are travel to and from the destination, lunch and venue entrance fee's.


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