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ARTD2130 Critical Thinking and Writing for Fashion 1

Module Overview

This theory module promotes the development of critical and reflective abilities through the analysis of visual and written material relevant to your Fashion practice. It also highlights the importance of critical thinking, reflection and analysis within creative practice. A series of lectures on contemporary and historical contexts and their influence on the practice and theory of fashion design will be followed by seminars, where you will be encouraged to discuss the lecture topics and your own writing and reflection. Your output from this module is an illustrated essay based on a chosen theme related to your interests and Fashion practice.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • contemporary and historical contexts and their influence on the practice and theory of fashion design
  • fashion design practices, concepts and debates informed by 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:

  • develop ideas by applying thinking and concepts informed by an art, design and culture context relevant to your practice and discipline
  • generate ideas through enquiry, analysis and critical reflection
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively in writing
  • effectively use specialist resources including digital
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines
  • gather and organise information to inform the development of your written work
  • understand and utilise appropriate academic referencing


Critical Thinking and Writing for Fashion 1 is a Part 2 core module. It promotes and highlights the importance of your critical thinking, reflection and analysis within the creative practice of Fashion Design. The visual and written material will support your personal fashion practice. You will be able to consider the context in which you are practicing and will be encouraged to articulate through your writing how this context informs and challenges your practice. Lectures, seminars and group discussions will help you develop your thinking to look critically at a range of different concepts and perspectives to help inform your design work. Lectures would typically cover topics such as: Fashion History Fashion and Textiles Fashion, Art and Design Fashion and Sustainability Fashion and Politics Fashion and Culture Fashion Futures

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures • Seminars • Tutorials • Online support including Blackboard • Introduction to the module (in Semester 1 for those taking the Study Exchange Module) • Face-to-face and/or online electronic support if you are studying the Study Exchange module Learning activities include • Accessing appropriate library and online material • Peer learning • Group discussions • Independent study • Self-evaluation • Study Skills Hub Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes In this module tutorials will support you to become increasingly independent and self-directed learner. The Critical Thinking and Writing for Fashion 1 module encourages you to reflect on your specific area of Fashion Design in a contemporary context. You will critically reflect on your practical work and through this identify ideas that will inform a considered and creative approach to your work. This means using a context of thinkers, writers, designers and practitioners work to build an argument and develop your ideas further for the essay. If you are taking the Study Exchange module, you will receive online formative feedback from WSA Academics

Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Completion of assessment task38
Follow-up work25
Wider reading or practice38
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Academic Integrity support.

Study Skills Workshops.

Pat Francis (2009). Inspiring Writing in Art and Design: Taking a Line for a Write. 

Malcolm Barnard (1996). Fashion as Communication. 

Blackboard. Panopto via Blackboard

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support.

Jennifer Moon (2006). Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development. 

John Berger (1972). Ways of Seeing. 

Harvard citing and referencing support including citethemright online resource.

M. Clarke (2007). Verbalising the Visual: Translating art and design into words. 



Essay proposal


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay 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:


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