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ARTD2131 Traditional and Digital Textile Processes

Module Overview

This module encourages you to explore and experiment with traditional and digital textile processes within a design context relevant to your discipline subject. You will test your ideas practically with the aim of developing you into an informed and skilled designer. Experiencing these processes will help in your knowledge and understanding of the industry and the production methods relevant to your work. Engaging with the hand and traditional skills alongside the digital processes will underpin your professional practice and employability within the textile Industry. Your experimental approaches across both the traditional techniques and digital technologies should help you start to develop an individual and contemporary approach to your work and the module will allow you to combine and challenge these processes in line with your creative thinking.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a variety of traditional and digital media, techniques, technologies and materials to realise your ideas
  • how to apply the skills needed to practice professionally in textile design
  • innovative and contemporary practices within textile design and how the professional, cultural and technological changes taking place in this field impact on your work
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
  • test, evaluate and develop your ideas and practical skills within your discipline
  • Effectively utilise your research to inform your experimentation and translation of ideas into design
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively in a variety of written, visual and digital formats
  • utilise presentation skills in an increasingly professional way
  • employ digital skills to support your learning
  • solve problems independently, manage your time effectively and work to deadlines
  • utilise a wide range of learning resources to inform your practice
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • explore and apply materials, techniques and processes, both traditional and digital to communicate and realise an individual approach to textile design
  • work and use machines and equipment safely in the studios and workshops with increased competence
  • evidence your increasing experimentation with processes in a professional and organised manner
  • demonstrate knowledge of production for a professional context through the realisation of a collection of Samples, design outcomes and supporting work


This module marks the next steps in acquiring and developing digital and traditional 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 developing knowledge of the context of your ideas will be supported by group and tutor discussions. You will be encouraged to experiment and work creatively and safely in the School’s studios and workshops and utilise the School’s central digital resources to develop your design ideas. You will experience workshops, which include specific technical instruction related to your selected textile pathway. This module will also include creative workshops on drawing and mark making, sketchbook development, visual communication, material and yarn selection, textile design processes, colour analysis and application. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive and may vary each academic year. You will assemble a portfolio of work and supporting material developed in response to the set projects. The portfolio must include evidence of your research, development and specialist subject workshops.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Group tutorials and discussions • One-to-one tutorials • Critical Reviews • Creative workshops • Technical demonstrations • Visual presentations • Industry insight from guest speakers • Formative feedback • Project briefings Learning activities include: • Creative development • Drawing workshops • Research and concept development workshops • Creative design development • Technical workshops • Optional study visits (Museums, Galleries and related activities to research for projects) • Peer group learning • Group critiques • Self-assessment • Study skills Hub Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes The module learning and teaching activities help you to explore and investigate your ideas through studio-based or related activities in your subject specific areas focusing on digital and traditional practical skills. Technical demonstrations and creative 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 to help enable your understanding of your area and develop greater levels of critical analysis and thinking is continuous throughout the module through one-to-one tutorials, group tutorials and critiques with specialist staff and peers. Written feedback takes place midway in the semester. Students may also request one-to-one feedback with specialist staff.

Completion of assessment task90
Practical classes and workshops90
Independent Study100
Wider reading or practice30
Supervised time in studio/workshop70
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Bowles. M & Isaac. C (2009). Digital Textile and Design. 

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

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

Dowde. J (2004). Freeform knitting and crochet (Vol. Milner Craft Series). 

Clarke, S. (2011). Textile Design. 

Academic Integrity issues.

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support.

University of Southampton Digital Learning resource for students to access CAD and Digital Tutorials.

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

Oelsner. GH (1952). A Handbook of Weaves. 

Holyoke, J. (2013). Digital Jacquard Design. 

Russell Alex (2011). The Fundementals of Printed Textile Design. 

Harvard citing and referencing systems, including citethemright online resource.

Tellier-Loumagne, Françoise (2005). The art of knitting; inspirational stitches, textures and surfaces. 

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

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

Blackboard. Panopto via Blackboard You will be guided by your tutors to preparatory and ongoing relevant texts whether in print or available online, An on-gong relevant reading list to specific projects will be listed on the project brief/s and available on blackboard



Portfolio Development


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

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

Costs associated with the module may include key texts, studio related materials, sketchbooks, printing, photocopies, USB stick/s, and external hard-drive. The cost of material and media may vary depending on the nature of your chosen response to your studio project. The quality and choice of materials and media in producing your final work will be directed by you, however some basic materials may be made available to you for free in certain modules i.e. paper, calico. Some costs are involved in the use of Industry standard digital machinery, in the creation of digital work and includes areas such as laser cutters, 3D printers, Mimaki textile, wallpaper and sublimation printers, jacquard weaving machinery and Shema Seiki technology. Your choice of materials such as specialist yarns, fabrics, specialist printing pastes etc., may be negotiated with relevant pathway staff. REQUIRED Sketchbooks Drawing materials, including paper, paints, and a variety of media Fabrics, threads and sewing materials Cost for printing and photocopying Drafting film/long steel-edged ruler Scissors and or scalpel Any material that you may wish to use for experimentation and production of final work USB Memory stick –larger memory for back up of digital textile files OPTIONAL Laptop Hard Drive Camera

Equipment and Materials

The following is a list of recommended equipment and material for the Textile Design programme in Part 2: A4/A3/A2 Sketchbooks dependant on textile discipline, Tracing paper or layout pad, A4 ring bound folder, Magic tape or masking tape, Spray mount glue, Glue stick, Pencil set [From 6B – 9B], Fine and medium nib pens [Black or dark grey], Thick marker pen [Black or dark grey], Graphite stick [6B or 8B], Range of chalks, soft pastels and oil pastels, Charcoals, Quick ink, Watercolour inks [Dr Martin inks recommended as the best] and Resist fluid, Acrylic paint [start with 1x Tube of white], Set of brushes [recommend - small hogs-hair brush and either 8, 10,12 nylon round nylon brush], Various paper types A3-A2 – sugar paper, handmade paper, wallpaper etc. Low-cost fine hairspray, paper shears [minimum 20cm], Fabric shears [minimum 23cm], Tape measure, Long steel Ruler [30cm], Fine steel pins, Scalpel and blades, Teaspoons, Dessert spoons, ½ litre airtight plastic pots with lids (at least 4) USB Memory Stick - larger memory for back up of digital textile files Fabric, yarn and material costs will vary dependent on experimentation and of producing textile collections and reports as are required to fulfil academic requirements for your programme of study.


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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