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ARTD2095 Specialist Practice and Research for Fashion and Textile Design

Module Overview

This Semester 2 Part 2 module encourages you to become more focused in developing your ideas, to be able to select and use more creatively, the methods, techniques and materials engaged with, to develop more ambitious work appropriate to your pathway within fashion and textile design. The module will allow you to further explore these practices through greater levels of analysis, critical awareness and contextualisation and to enable even greater independence of your thinking and understanding of your practice. You will be encouraged to reflect, evaluate ideas and techniques and push the boundaries of your discipline to show growing interpretation, experimentation and independence in the realisation of your ideas in readiness for Part 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 issues in practice and theory of fashion and textiles to an intermediate level;
  • how to creatively integrate and exploit a variety of media, techniques, technologies and materials to realise your ideas to an intermediate level;
  • how to apply fashion and textile concepts, techniques, methods and processes, including the digital, in the realisation of your projects to an intermediate level;
  • how to evaluate and utilise presentation skills effectively in relevant contexts 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 to an intermediate level;
  • how to identify and apply the skills you will need to practice professionally in fashion, textiles or related creative industries to an intermediate level;
  • 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 to an intermediate level.
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;
  • make independent critical judgments in the selection and use of ideas, materials, techniques and processes;
  • generate ideas through enquiry, analysis and critical reflection;
  • inform your practice by analysing and critically reflecting on contemporary issues;
  • realise your ideas to an intermediate level through the evaluation and selection of appropriate media and techniques;
  • 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;
  • present yourself appropriately in a professional context;
  • independently identify appropriate aims for professional practice and employability.
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of subject specific, printed and electronic sources to inform and challenge your thinking;
  • demonstrate relevant interpersonal skills whilst working with others;
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines;
  • reflect on your own work and learn from experience;
  • manage your time effectively, work to deadlines;
  • generate ideas and solve problems independently and collaboratively to an intermediate level;
  • use effectively subject specific, library and digital resources, including the internet to an intermediate level;
  • work effectively as part of a team to realise a project;
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • solve practical problems independently in response to set briefs and self-initiated projects to a basic level;
  • explore and exploit materials, techniques and processes, including computer assisted technologies to an intermediate level;
  • work and use machines and equipment safely in the studios and workshops;
  • apply practical skills effectively in the making and finalisation of your work;
  • gather and organise information to inform and challenge the practical development of your work and practice to an intermediate level;
  • select methods and techniques such as digital technologies, toile making, pattern cutting and construction, single bed, flat bed, dubied and hand knitting to communicate an individual approach to fashion and knitwear and through the production of a portfolio, toiles, garments and samples demonstrate knowledge of production for a professional context;
  • resolve conceptual and technical problems in the production and professional realisation of garments, samples and where applicable, products to an intermediate level;
  • realise and communicate an individual approach to textile design through applying your knowledge of materials and a range of design processes and techniques within constructed textiles (weave) and surface pattern (print), using a combination of digital and manual manufacture;
  • resolve conceptual and technical problems in the production of textile collections, prototype fabrics and samples, paper and materials and where applicable, products to an intermediate level.


This module represents the next step in the development of your independent learning. Your growing knowledge of the contemporary context of your discipline, increased by lectures, presentations and sessions led by subject specific staff, will enable you to tackle your projects in a way which encourages you to be increasingly sensitive to the creative environment and critical context in which you are working. You will be encouraged to engage with industry or competition-led projects to enable greater knowledge of understanding of the nature of your fashion and textile design specialism. You will be encouraged to focus your ideas but experiment extensively, in the studios, workshops or through other School resources. We will expect you to independently select and engage with methods and techniques, which will allow you to challenge your thinking and test your ideas thoroughly. We will promote your utilisation of working practices that challenge known solutions in favour of more unexpected but potentially ambitious conclusions. The aim of this module is not to produce highly resolved pieces of work but instead to advance increasingly confident, independent experimentation based on focused thinking that will prepare you for Part 3 of your programme. You will assemble a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental process, the products of your testing and examples of work, which creatively address the concerns and ambitions of your project. Students may produce fashion garments or textile collections with supporting documentation for an intended market or application, such as fashion or interiors. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. They will vary according to student choices in each academic year. Alongside this module you will keep a detailed Reflective Journal to make notes, map ideas, record examples of experimentation, comment on your work as it progresses and reflect on how you gain information about the contemporary context of your project. Students have the option to choose the Study Exchange Module or the Industry Placement Module in place of this core module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: - Group tutorials and discussions - One-to-one tutorials - Critical Reviews - Seminars - Creative and technical workshops - Technical demonstrations - Visual presentations - Career and Employability seminars - Industry insight from guest speakers Learning activities include: - Creative portfolio work development - Drawing and portfolio presentation workshops - Research and concept development workshops - Creative design and technical workshops - Self-selected workshop - School resource based learning - Seminars - Study visits - Peer group learning - Group critiques - Self-assessment - Workshop based Learning - Self-reflection through your reflective journal 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 direct your exploration and investigation of your ideas. Lectures and seminars led by staff and visiting lecturers and self-selected workshops will increase your knowledge of the contemporary context in which you are working and help you develop confidence in your ability to experiment with your discipline-specific ideas, challenge known solutions and encourage unexpected outcomes. Through practical experimentation and feedback on your ideas informed by contemporary practice in your specialism, you will create increasingly personal work, shaped by analysis and self-reflection.

Independent Study250
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Clarke, S.Briggs-Goode., A (2013). Printed Textile Design. 

Harvard citing and referencing systems. including citethemright online

Sissons Juliana (2009). Basic Fashion Design: Knit. 

Simon Sievewright (2007). Basic Fashion Design: Research and Design. 

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

Shenton. J (2004). Woven Textile Design. 

Study Skills Workshops. http: //

Jenkyn Jones. S. (2002). Fashion Design. 

The Academic Skills Library. for study skills support:

Academic integrity issues. Digital Learning resource for students to access digital support and tutorials WSA Creative Services: Students can access a wide range of 2D and 3D printing and laser cut facilities.

Panopto via Blackboard. 



Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment will be through a well presented portfolio of work which demonstrates the progression of your ideas, including chosen methods, techniques and materials, and self-selected examples of work which best exemplify your chosen project. Self-reflection, awareness of your critical contemporary context, analysis of your ideas and work, will be recorded in your Reflective Journal. The Reflective Journal will be assessed separately as part of another module. Information you receive in seminars and from tutors will direct you to discipline and subject-specific reference material best suited to the contextualisation of your work.


Portfolio Development


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 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:

Field 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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