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ARTD2096 Studio Practice and Research for Fashion and Textile Design

Module Overview

This module encourages you to explore and experiment, speculate and test your ideas with the aim of developing you into an informed, skilled and independent designer. You will be expected to focus your experimentation through contemporary thinking related to fashion and textile design. You will undertake a range of technical inductions and workshops to build your knowledge of specialist skills and to enable you to facilitate the development of critical and contextual understanding of your subject and increasingly develop your own independent ideas in respect to themes of interest and projects. You will work within and focus your work according to the practices consistent with your specialist pathway of fashion and textiles.

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 a basic 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 a basic 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 to a basic level.
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;
  • 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.
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;
  • 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.


This module marks the next steps in acquiring and developing practical skills in your specialist pathway to allow you to become increasingly competent and independent. You will find suitable materials and working methods to realise your ideas and attend appropriate technical demonstrations. This module will build on your knowledge and understanding of Part 1 and will start to equip you with the self-analysis necessary to develop your independent working in Part 3. Your growing knowledge of the context of your ideas will be supported by group and tutor discussions, which focus on issues specific to contemporary practice, which you can apply to work within the scope of your fashion and textile design programme of study. You will be encouraged to experiment with methods and techniques, which will allow you to develop your ideas. By working in the School’s studios and workshops or utilising the School’s central resources, you will be led to further develop and increasingly apply your practical knowledge of techniques and processes in the development of your ideas. You will experience workshops, which will include specific technical instruction related to your selected pathway within fashion and textiles along with creative workshops on drawing and mark making, sketchbook development, visual communication, material and yarn selection, textile design processes, pattern cutting and construction, colour analysis and application, which will particularly inform your self-selected projects. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. They may vary each academic year. You will assemble a portfolio of work that demonstrates the development of your ideas and which contains resolved pieces of work that, in your opinion, best exemplify your chosen fashion and textile specialism.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include - Group tutorials and discussions - One-to-one tutorials - Critical Reviews - 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 - Study visits - Peer group learning - Group critiques - Self-assessment - Workshop based Learning 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 and investigate your ideas through studio-based or related activities. Seminars led by practitioners and optional technical demonstrations/workshops will increase your knowledge of the contemporary discipline context in which you are working and help you develop confidence in the selection and use of practical skills. Formative feedback is offered in the form of group tutorials and critiques with specialist staff and peers. Students may also avail of one to one feedback with specialist staff. The module will help you to develop an increasingly informed and skilled individual approach to the realisation of a project.

Independent Study250
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

Quinn, Bradley (2009). Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge. 

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

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


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

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

Donofrio-Ferrezza, Lisa (2008). Designing a knitwear collection: from inspiration to finished garments. 

Library Digital resources :.  The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support: Harvard citing and referencing systems, including citethemright online resource: Academic Integrity issues: Study Skills Workshops http: //

Clarke, S. (2011). Textile Design. 

Blackboard. Panopto via Blackboard

Donofrio-Ferrezza, Lisa (2008). Designing a knitwear collection: from inspiration to finished garments. 


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%

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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