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ARTD3040 Final Project for Fashion and Textile Design

Module Overview

The Final Major Project for Fashion & Textile Design module aims for students to realise their creative ambitions through the creation of a Final Major Project and a Final Collection. An independent and organised approach when realising the FMP and the Professional Portfolio is expected, as students focus on presenting their work in a professional context to a wider audience in preparation for graduation and employment.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to enable you to realise your creative ambitions; • to fully utilise self-directed working methods toward the realisation of resolved work; • to pursue and consolidate your specialist practice; • to enable you to demonstrate a high level of responsibility for your learning in terms of making and production, communication and presentation; • to prepare you for professional practice, employment or postgraduate study.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • contemporary issues in practice and theory of fashion and textiles;
  • an in-depth understanding of fashion, knitwear or textile design, informed by recent research, including the professional, cultural and technological innovations evolving in this field.
  • how to creatively integrate and exploit a variety of media, techniques, technologies and materials to realise your ideas;
  • how to apply fashion and textile concepts, techniques, methods and processes, including the digital, in the realisation of your projects;
  • how to utilise methods of thinking, planning and making to help resolve problems in self initiated projects;
  • how to evaluate and utilise presentation skills effectively in relevant contexts;
  • a research informed broad based appreciation of design practice, including the work of contemporary national and international practitioners and how they represent different professional, cultural and technological contexts;
  • how to identify and apply the skills you will need to practice professionally in fashion, textiles or related creative industries;
  • an in-depth understanding of your specialist pathway as a multi-disciplinary subject encompassing design, business practices, theory and collection formulation;
  • an understanding of innovative practices, concepts and debates and how the professional, cultural and technological changes taking place in this field impact on fashion, textiles and related practices;
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;
  • evaluate and challenge the conceptual and technical boundaries of your discipline;
  • make independent critical judgments in the selection and use of ideas, materials, techniques and processes;
  • generate ideas through enquiry, analysis and critical reflection;
  • inform your practice by analysing and critically reflecting on contemporary issues;
  • realise your ideas through the evaluation and selection of appropriate media and techniques;
  • develop your ideas by applying thinking and concepts informed by a context of recent approaches to the practice and theory of your discipline;
  • establish a specialist practice by critically assessing aspects of your chosen subject and realised outcomes.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively in a variety of verbal, written, technological and visual formats;
  • present yourself appropriately in a professional context;
  • independently identify appropriate aims for professional practice and employability.
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of subject specific, printed and electronic sources to inform and challenge your thinking;
  • demonstrate relevant interpersonal skills whilst working with others;
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines;
  • reflect on your own work and learn from experience;
  • manage your time effectively, work to deadlines;
  • generate ideas and solve problems independently and collaboratively;
  • use effectively subject specific, library and digital resources, including the internet;
  • work effectively as part of a team to realise a project;
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify an individual approach to the discipline through the realisation of practical work ready for presentation;
  • Printed Textiles & Woven Textiles - resolve conceptual and technical problems in the production of design collections, prototype fabrics, paper and materials and where applicable, products.
  • solve practical problems independently in response to set briefs and self-initiated projects;
  • explore and exploit materials, techniques and processes, including computer assisted technologies;
  • work and use machines and equipment safely and competently in the studios and workshops;
  • apply practical skills effectively and professionally in the making and finalisation of your work;
  • gather and organise information to inform and challenge the practical development of your work and practice;
  • Fashion Design & Knitwear for Fashion - select methods and techniques such as digital technologies, toile making, draping, pattern cutting and construction to communicate an individual approach to fashion and knitwear and through the production of a portfolio, toiles, prototypes, samples and completed collections demonstrate knowledge of translating prototype garments and samples to a professional context;
  • Fashion Design & Knitwear for Fashion - resolve conceptual and technical problems in the production and professional realisation of garments, samples and collections and where applicable, products;
  • Printed Textiles & Woven Textiles - realise and communicate an individual approach to textile design through applying your knowledge of materials, design processes and techniques, using one or a combination of the following textile technologies, constructed textiles (weave and knit), surface pattern (print and surface enhancement), embroidery and embellishment and application, using computer assisted design and manufacture;


This module enables you to develop your work from experimentation to the production of synthesised outcomes. You will direct and realise your ideas through forms of visual presentation and structure that are relevant to the concepts and practical requirements of your professionally negotiated project and subject area. In helping you evaluate and propose a selection of your work for exposure to an audience, this module focuses on planning and producing work that is critically informed with regard to the ideas that you wish to communicate, and is focused in the realisation of content. The module represents the culmination of your study. Accordingly you will be guided to combine and apply the knowledge and understanding acquired in all elements of the programme, in particular, the Practice based modules, towards the completion of your submission for this final assessment. In the disciplines encompassed by art and design there is an ever-widening diversity of potential interdisciplinary creative outcomes. Consequently the final major project produced by fashion and textile design students may reflect this interdisciplinary nature. Students may present their Final Major Project as a fashion or textile collection supported by a professionally presented portfolio in an exhibition format that reflects current practice in the fashion and textile industries. Although the work undertaken in this module may resemble output produced in previous levels, the quality, level of appropriate finish and depth of discipline contextual awareness will be markedly higher.

Special Features

When study trips are arranged, they are optional and students with special needs may be able to participate dependent on destination. There will be an equivalent experience arranged by the Programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Project Briefings • Group tutorials and discussions • One-to-one tutorials • Critical Reviews • Seminars • Creative and technical workshops • Technical demonstrations • Visual presentations • Career and Employability seminars • Industry insight from guest speakers Learning activities include: • Creative portfolio development • Drawing and portfolio presentation workshops • Research and concept development workshops • Creative design and technical workshops • Self-selected workshop • School resource based learning • Seminars • Study visits • Peer group learning • Group critiques • Self-assessment • Workshop based learning 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 bring your ideas and practice to synthesis and conclusion. You will address preparation and management of your project toward its exposure to an audience, for example designers, employers, clients and press. Alongside this module you will keep a detailed Reflective Journal, which will enable you to understand the parameters of your specialist practice and focus your thinking. It will assist you in applying insights drawn from enquiry into your practice in the development of work for this module. The Reflective Journal will be assessed separately. Feedback on your progress and development will be given throughout the module in tutorials, critical reviews and informal feedback in the studios and workshops. The formal assessment will be based on the presentation of practical work in the form of a Fashion or Textiles collection and a professional portfolio.

Independent Study250
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

You will receive guidance from your tutors regarding a preparatory and on-going reading list, which enables you to situate your work within existing literature and the contemporary theoretical and practical frameworks.. 



Portfolio Development


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


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:

Field Trips

Costs usually associated with study trips are travel to and from the destination, lunch and venue entrance fee's.


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