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ARTD2134 Critical Thinking and Writing for Textiles 1

Module Overview

This module promotes the development of critical thinking through the analysis of visual and written material relevant to Textile Design. It also highlights the importance of a greater depth of contextual research, reflection and analysis of visual and written material within your wider creative practice. You will engage in developing an understanding of historical and contemporary contexts and their influence on the theories and debates of textile design and how it relates to contemporary innovations. The assignment from this module will consist of a 2500--word illustrated essay, including 10 Harvard references equivalent to 500 words based on a selected theme related to your interests and textile 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 textile design
  • textile 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 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
  • utilise subject specific, library and digital resources effectively,
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines
  • cite references and sources using the appropriate Harvard style referencing system

Syllabus

Critical Thinking and Writing for Textiles 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 Textile Design. The visual and written material will support your personal textile practice. You will be able to consider the context in which you are practicing and be encouraged to articulate through your writing how this context informs and challenges your practice. Lectures, seminars and group discussions will develop your thinking to look critically at a range of differing concepts and perspectives to help inform your design work. Your output from this module will consist of a 2500-word illustrated essay, including 10 Harvard references equivalent to 500 words based on a theme related to your practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Introduction to the module • Lectures (Students on the Student Exchange Module will not attend, but will able to access lectures through Panopto /Blackboard support) • Seminars (Students on the Student Exchange Module will not attend, but will receive dedicated support by email and Skype • Tutorials (Students on the Student Exchange Module will not attend, but will receive dedicated support by email and Skype • Online support including blackboard • Introduction to the module (In Semester 1 for those taking the Student Exchange Module) • Face-to-face by Skype and/or online electronic support if you are studying the Student Exchange module Learning activities include • Panopto recordings of teaching sessions for students on exchange • Peer learning • Independent study • Accessing appropriate library and online material • Formative self-evaluation • Study Skills Hub Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Learning in this module is intended to be increasingly independent and self-directed, supported by Blackboard VLE and integrated with Panopto. Panopto is the University Lecture Capture system. In addition to lectures, tutorial support will be available to all students. Students on exchange will be supported through Panopto, skype and email for tutorial support. The Critical Thinking and Writing for Textiles 1 module encourages you to reflect on your subject area of Textile Design in a contemporary context. You will critically reflect on your practical work and through this identify areas that will inform a considered and creative approach to your work. This means using a wide context of work from thinkers, writers, designers and practitioners to build an argument and develop your ideas further for the essay. The assessed outcome of this module is a 2,500-word illustrated essay, including 10 Harvard references equivalent to 500 words.

TypeHours
Follow-up work25
Wider reading or practice40
Tutorial4
Lecture10
Seminar10
Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Completion of assessment task36
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Berger, John (1972). Ways of Seeing. 

Academic Integrity issues. http://library.soton.ac.uk/sash/what-is-academic-integrity

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

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support. http://library.soton.ac.uk/sash

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

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

Harvard citing and referencing systems, including citethemright onlineresource. http://library.soton.ac.uk/sash/referencing

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

Assessment

Formative

Essay proposal

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (2500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

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 File to keep research Cost for printing and photocopying USB Memory stick OPTIONAL Laptop Hard Drive Camera

Optional Visits (e.g. museums, galleries)

It is expected that students visit museums and galleries independently as an essential part of their learning. Additional study trips may be arranged as part of your learning experience, these are optional and reasonable adjustments will be made for students with special needs. Travel by rail is around £25 return per student with a student rail card Any additional costs will be highlighted prior to final arrangements

Textbooks

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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