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ARTD2097 Study Exchange for Fashion and Textile Design

Module Overview

A study exchange module within a degree programme is often viewed as a beneficial experience in the development of today’s graduates, in the sense that the same academic disciplines are taught differently and with altered perspectives at institutions around the world. Students benefit from different viewpoints which can be interrelated and key transferable skills practised and developed. The opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in a different educational fashion and textiles setting, whilst gaining experience from the atmosphere and pace of the location, helps to develop confidence, define future career goals and enhance employability.

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 including digital technologies to communicate an individual approach to fashion and knitwear and through the production of a portfolio, prototypes, garments and samples demonstrate knowledge of design and 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


The Student Exchange module will allow you not only to develop your programme specific practice in a different environment, but will also challenge you to engage fully with the cultural context in which you will find yourself. The context encompasses both what you experience by being in that country and the input that you receive whilst studying in the host institution. It encourages you to analyse critically the nature of your exchange location and to address how its culture may influence your work and promote experimentation. Your project may not necessarily reflect the culture to which you have been exposed, rather it may be shaped by your reactions to the stimulus you have received. With regard to the development of your project, you are encouraged to focus your ideas but experiment widely. We will expect you to self-select and engage with methods and techniques, which will allow you to challenge your thinking and test your discipline specific ideas thoroughly. You are encouraged to utilise available 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 advance increasingly confident, independent experimentation based on focused, context informed, thinking in readiness for part 3. 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. 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 cultural, historical and critical context of your project. The Reflective Journal for the basis of another module and will be assessed separately. You will be expected to outline goals and ambitions regarding your work, before the exchange begins and on your return, to demonstrate what impact working in an unfamiliar context had on your work. The experience will develop your cultural and contextual awareness, your abilities to study independently, particularly drawing on your imagination and resourcefulness and it may naturally improve your language skills. The experience of going on exchange will better prepare you to tackle future work in new environments.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods will vary depending on which partner institution your exchange takes you to and tutorials may be delivered in the language of the host country. Prior to applying to study a Student Exchange module, you are highly recommended to thoroughly research the environment and learning and teaching practices of your favoured institution. Guidance will be provided by your tutors and in the handbook on exchanges. As with modules hosted at WSA, learning and teaching activities are likely to include: Teaching methods include • lectures • project briefings • seminars • face-to-face tutorials • online electronic support Learning activities include • lectures • project briefings • seminars • tutorials • workshops • peer group learning • self-reflection manifested in 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 explore and investigate your work and ideas in a culturally specific context. You will receive formative face-to-face feedback from staff at your host institution and support electronically from WSA academics. You will be able to log on to online Blackboard support for the Student Exchange module, which will enable you to keep in contact, pose questions and seek advice on your module. Depending on your host institution, lectures, project briefings, seminars and self-selected workshop inductions will help you increasingly locate your ideas with reference to historical and contemporary thinking, writing and art and design practice of the culture you are encountering. Such input will develop your confidence in your ability to experiment with ideas, challenge comfortable solutions and encourage unexpected outcomes. Through practical experimentation and self-reflection in your Reflective Journal you will create increasingly analysis- informed discipline-specific personal work. You are encouraged to reflect in your Reflective Journal on your progress during taught and independent study time to allow you to develop an understanding of your ideas and methods and how you have been influenced by your student exchange. The Reflective Journal forms part of a separate module and thus is assessed separately. However, it is an essential aspect of your study before, during and after your student exchange. The formal assessment will be through a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental process, the products of your testing and examples of work, which creatively address the concerns of your discipline specific project. Assessment of your portfolio and Reflective Journal will take place on your return to WSA and they will be assessed using WSA’s assessment criteria, not those of the host institution.

Independent Study400
Total study time450


Assessment Strategy

Your portfolio will be formally assessed on your return to WSA in accordance with University of Southampton in assessment regulations. You should note that you will be expected to keep a detailed Reflective Journal during your study exchange. In this you will make notes, map ideas, record examples of experimentation, comment on your discipline specific work as it progresses and reflect on how you gain information about the contemporary cultural, historical and critical context of your project. Your reflective journal will be assessed as the outcome for the Reflective Journal module 2. You should therefore ensure that you gather sufficient evidence and information during your exchange to be able to successfully complete the work for this assessment.




MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


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:

Travel Costs for placements

There are additional costs associated with the Study Exchange module such as travel, accommodation and living expenses. There are grants available through the University that students can apply for.

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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