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ARTD2132 Professional Practice in Textile Design

Module Overview

This Part 2 Semester 2 module encourages you to develop and focus your ideas within a relevant industrial and professional practice context. You will be able to select and creatively use methods, techniques and materials to develop increasingly ambitious and innovative work. The briefs given will allow you to explore greater levels of critical awareness and contextualisation. This higher level of independent learning will allow you to focus your thinking for Part 3 and your future in the textile industry. You will produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental processes, creative ideas and industry applications. You will produce textile collections with supporting documentation for an intended market or application, such as fashion, interiors, accessories or stationary. This module will encapsulate preparations for industry expectations.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • industry practice and professional design and different market levels informed by your research.
  • how to apply the skills needed to practice professionally in textile design
  • how to utilise sources to further your design development
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply methods of enquiry and critical evaluation to demonstrate your ideas
  • test, evaluate and develop your creative ideas and practical skills within your discipline
  • use your research to develop higher levels of resolved ideas to align with the textile industry
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
  • study independently and manage your time effectively, work to deadlines
  • utilise a wide range of learning resources including digital skills to inform your practice
  • employ a critical approach to your practical skills in order to develop more refined and resolved design outcomes
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • explore and apply materials, techniques and processes, to a higher level and relevant industry context
  • work and use machines and equipment safely in the studios and workshops with increased competence
  • evidence your progression of increasingly ambitious experimentation.


This module represents the next step in the development of your independent learning. You will be encouraged to engage with industry or competition-led projects to enable greater knowledge and understanding of your textile design specialism. You will be encouraged to focus your ideas, experiment extensively, selecting and engaging with a variety of methods and techniques. Using your practical skills in a more ambitious and refined manner will enable your work to develop in a more professional direction. You will produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental processes, creative ideas and industry applications and textile collections with supporting documentation for an intended market or application, such as fashion or interiors. This module will encapsulate preparations for industry expectations. You have the option to choose the Study Exchange Module in place of this core module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Group tutorials and discussions • One-to-one tutorials • Critical Reviews • Seminars • Creative workshops • Technical demonstrations • Visual presentations • Project briefings • Industry insight from guest speakers Learning activities include: • Creative portfolio work development • Creative project led workshops • Peer group learning • Group critiques • Self-assessment • Technical workshop based Learning • Optional study visits • Study Skills Hub 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 direct your exploration and investigation of your ideas. Lectures and seminars led by staff and visiting lecturers and self-selected workshops will increase your knowledge of the contemporary context in which you are working and help you develop confidence in your ability to experiment with your discipline-specific ideas for industry, challenge known solutions and encourage unexpected outcomes. Through practical experimentation and feedback on your ideas informed by contemporary practice in your specialism, you will create increasingly personal work, shaped by analysis and self-reflection.

Follow-up work100
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Completion of assessment task90
Wider reading or practice30
Practical classes and workshops90
Supervised time in studio/workshop70
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Harvard citing and referencing systems, including citethemright online resource.

Blackboard. Panopto via Blackboard An on-going relevant reading list to specific projects will be listed on the project brief/s and available on blackboard

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

Digital Learning resource for students to access digital support and tutorials.

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

Clarke, S, (2011). Textile Design. 

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

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support.

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

Academic Integrity issues.

Brown Carol (2013). Knitwear Design. 

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



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

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

Design 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, Overall or an old shirt or apron, 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.

Equipment and Materials

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 extra 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. On average students may expect to spend up to £250 per studio module, although this may vary dependent on students use of specialist materials.

Study Trips

A typical trip will be to London by train (off peak) around £25 return per student with a student rail card, or a bus arranged to visit industry partner.


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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