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ARTD3054 Reflective Journal 3 for Fashion and Textile Design

Module Overview

This module promotes the development of critical and reflective abilities through the analysis of visual and written material relevant to your discipline within Fashion & Textiles. It also highlights the importance of critical thinking, reflection and analysis within creative practice. It builds on Reflective Journal 2, in that students have the experience and understanding of the expectations from producing a Reflective Journal in Part 2. Your output from this module will reflect the context, media and approaches of your chosen Specialism within the Fashion & Textile Design Programme and should advance your ideas in your Final Major Project through the findings, links and analysis accomplished and expressed in the Reflective Journal Essay.

Aims and Objectives

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;
  • how to utilise methods of thinking, planning and making to help resolve problems in self initiated projects;
  • 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;
  • 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 (depending on your chosen pathway: Fashion Design, Knitwear for Fashion, Printed Textiles and Woven 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 (depending on your chosen pathway: Fashion Design, Knitwear for Fashion, Printed Textiles and Woven Textiles).
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;
  • generate ideas through enquiry, analysis and critical reflection;
  • inform your practice by analysing and critically reflecting on contemporary issues;
  • develop your ideas by applying thinking and concepts informed by a context of recent approaches to the practice and theory of your discipline.
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;
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of subject specific, printed and electronic sources to inform and challenge your thinking;
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines;
  • reflect on your own work and learn from experience;
  • manage your time effectively, work to deadlines;
  • use effectively subject specific, library and digital resources, including the internet.


This module will facilitate reflection on ideas and practice, including any professional experience you have gained, to enable an understanding of the development of your work undertaken in the Professional Practice for Fashion & Textile Design module and the Final Major Project. The Reflective Journal will enable you to understand the parameters of your discipline-specific practice and increasingly focus your thinking. It will assist you in increasingly applying insights drawn from enquiry into your practice in the development of work for the Final Major Project. You will produce a reflective account of your learning experiences that recognises the importance of key ideas, and draws links between thoughts and information, helping to hone your work into more sophisticated finished pieces. In this way, the Reflective Journal will also provide a method for tracking the development of your work in the final phase of your degree programme. It can take different forms, appropriate to your specialism, but will normally be a file containing visual references, annotations of practice and a self structured 4000-word essay of how various influences, observations and other important visual or academic inspiration have impacted upon the development work undertaken for the Final Major Project. It is a requirement that the 4000-word essay is typed. The on-going journal supported with annotated images can also be typed or handwritten but it should be legible. This is accompanied by a bibliography with a range of suitable academic references.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Introduction to the module and how it progresses from Reflective Journal 2 • Lectures • Seminars • Face-to-face tutorials as appropriate Learning activities include • Reflective Journal • Self-reflection • Independent analysis Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Learning in this module builds on the skills you developed through Reflective Journal 2. It is intended to be highly independent and self-directed, supported by lectures and face-to-face tutorials. The approach encourages you to reflect on your specialist skills in a contemporary, discipline-focused context and the development of your ideas and work in the Professional Practice for Fashion & Textile Design module and on-going work in the Final Major Project. A self-reflective approach is essential that takes account of your now highly independent working practices. The critical work of the Journal will be mostly evidenced in your 4000-word self structured essay but should also be evidenced by way of critical comments, observations and reflective text inserted into your Journals notation, this notation is vital within your formative research, without this it will restrict your reflective processes and possibly impact upon the quality of your self structured essay. The assessment of this module is the 4000-word self-structured essay. The essay will be submitted hardcopy and via turn-it-in. It is intended that it will assist in laying foundations for your practice and research after graduation.

Wider reading or practice40
Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Completion of assessment task40
Follow-up work25
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

textbooks. You will receive guidance from your tutors regarding a reading list, which enables you to situate your work within existing literature and the contemporary theoretical and practical frameworks. You will draw on the suitable texts and electronic resources that your tutors have advised are appropriate to your Professional Practice for Fashion & Textile Design module and on-going work in the Final Major Project.



Essay proposal


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 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:

Study 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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