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ARTD2129 Study Exchange for Fashion 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. The opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in a different educational fashion setting, whilst gaining experience from the culture and atmosphere 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:

  • a research informed design practice, including professional, cultural and technological contexts
  • appropriate contemporary fashion designers and creative practitioners relevant to your own practice
  • how to creatively apply a variety of techniques, technologies and materials in the realisation of your projects
  • how to identify the appropriate skills you will need to practice professionally in the fashion industry
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply methods of enquiry and reflection to critically evaluate the qualities of your work
  • evaluate and challenge the conceptual and technical boundaries of your discipline appropriate to the set projects
  • make independent critical judgments in the selection and use of ideas, materials and techniques suitable to the set projects
  • generate ideas and inform your practice through enquiry, analysis and critical reflection
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively in a variety of formats
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines
  • present your work appropriately in a professional context
  • select and draw upon a wide range of learning, library and digital resources to inform and challenge your thinking
  • demonstrate relevant interpersonal skills for a professional context
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • solve practical problems independently in response to set projects
  • explore and exploit materials, techniques and digital processes
  • use machines and equipment competently in the studios and workshops
  • use information to inform and challenge the practical development of your work
  • select appropriate processes and techniques including pattern cutting and construction to communicate an individual approach to menswear or womenswear and through the production of a professional portfolio demonstrate knowledge of professional context


The Study Exchange module will allow you to develop your practice in a different environment and challenge you to engage with the cultural context of your chosen institution. It will encourage you to analyse the culture of your exchange location and how it may influence your work. We will expect you to engage with methods and techniques allowing you to challenge your thinking and test your ideas thoroughly. The aim of this module is to produce resolved pieces of work that are based on independent experimentation and informed by context, in readiness for Part 3. You will be expected to outline goals and ambitions regarding your work before the exchange begins. Upon your return you’re expected to demonstrate the impact that studying in a different environment has had on your work. The experience will develop your cultural and contextual awareness, your ability 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 for the Study Exchange module, it is highly recommended you thoroughly research the environment and learning and teaching practices of your favoured institution. Guidance will be provided by your tutors and in the exchange handbook. As with modules hosted at WSA, learning and teaching activities are likely to include: Teaching methods include • lectures and seminars • group tutorials • One-to-one tutorials • Critical reviews • Online and email support Learning activities include • project briefings tutorials • group discussions • Creative and technical workshops • Visual presentations • peer group learning • study skills support Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes In this module, learning and teaching activities help you to explore and investigate your work and ideas in a culturally specific context. You will receive formative feedback from staff at your host institution. Blackboard and email support will enable you to keep in contact, ask questions and seek advice on your module with a WSA-based academic. Regardless of which host institution you visit, the lectures, project briefings, seminars and workshops will help you form ideas with reference to the subject area and the culture you are encountering. Your confidence will develop as you experiment with ideas and encounter unexpected outcomes. Through practical experimentation and self-reflection, you will create informed personal work. You are encouraged to reflect on your progress during taught and independent study time, to allow you to understand how your ideas and practice have been influenced by your study exchange. The summative assessment of your portfolio will take place at WSA and will be assessed using WSA’s assessment criteria, not those of the host institution. Ensure you check the assessment hand-in date in relation to your return to the UK. Your submission should demonstrate your experimental process, its documentation and also practical examples of work. These should creatively address the requirements of the projects or tasks set by the host institution as well as addressing the brief set by WSA. The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support Harvard citing and referencing support including citethemright online resource Academic Integrity support Study Skills Workshops This module does not allow an external repeat, students need to retake the Fashion Industry module internally at WSA if they fail the Study Exchange module. This applies to practice-based modules where achievement of the objectives and learning outcomes is demonstrated through outcomes requiring specialist equipment, facilities, supervision and training.

Placement Hours450
Total study time450



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:

Accommodation and Travel

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. The Study Exchange Co-ordinator will advise and support you on these aspects before the Module starts.

Art Equipment and Materials: Drawing paper; painting materials; sketchbooks

Costs associated with the module may include fabrics, pattern paper, haberdashery, materials, sketchbooks, drawing material, recommended publications, printing, photocopies, USB sticks and external hard-drive etc. The costs may vary between the host institutions and study exchanges undertaken.

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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