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ARTD3062 Professional Practice for Fashion and Textile Design

Module Overview

The Professional Practice for Fashion & Textile Design module aims to turn ‘the student into the professional’. Students are expected to develop a more focused and resolved approach to their practice and specialism as well as performing more complex skills with confidence, consistently evaluating their work and developing ideas from conception to realisation. Students will create collections of work preparing them for the Final Major Project and the Final Collection and they will also start to edit and finalise their Professional Portfolio in readiness for graduation and employment.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to begin to synthesise your ideas and practical experimentation undertaken in Part two; • to question and evaluate how best to develop ambitious ideas and practices into more formulated creative outcomes; • to begin to develop more focused and resolved approaches to the manifestation of your ideas considering potential audiences; • to develop a professional and organisational approach, relevant to your discipline and your practice; • to test and evaluate ideas and discipline-specific practice which may form the basis of the Final Major Project.

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 (depending on your chosen pathway: Fashion Design, Knitwear for Fashion, Printed Textiles and Woven Textiles).
  • 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 (depending on your chosen pathway: Fashion Design, Knitwear for Fashion, Printed Textiles and Woven Textiles);
  • 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 (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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • present yourself appropriately in a professional context;
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;
  • resolve conceptual and technical problems in the production of design collections, prototype fabrics, paper and materials and where applicable, products (Printed Textiles & Woven Textiles).
  • 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;
  • 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 garments 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 (Fashion Design & Knitwear for Fashion);
  • 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 (Printed Textiles & Woven Textiles);


Professional Practice for Fashion & Textile Design builds on your experiences in Part 1 and 2, by providing a focus through which you can begin to synthesise your skills, ideas and working methods into ambitious outcomes appropriate to your specialism. Emphasis will be on analysis and the evaluation of your ideas and practice so that you can acquire the specific skills necessary to further your work. You will become aware of the importance of the detail of your work. An increasingly thorough understanding of critical thinking will help you recognise the strengths of what you are producing. The module offers the opportunity to engage with specialist staff at the forefront of your specialism, whether Fashion Design, Knitwear for Fashion, Printed Textiles or Woven Textiles. You will be encouraged to be highly independent and self-motivated, and to strive for ambition and confidence in the presentation of your work. You will continuously question and evaluate your work to arrive at increasingly focused creative outcomes which demonstrate/communicate/convey qualities of originality, coherence and detailed understanding of how to apply specific media and techniques, appropriate to your specialism and subject area, in producing complex pieces of work. Students will produce fashion or textile collections or fashion or textile related accessories aimed at a fashion or interior context, supported by a professionally presented portfolio. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. Although the work undertaken in this module may resemble output produced in previous levels, the quality and depth of discipline contextual awareness will be markedly higher. The work and outcomes of this module inform and influence the focus and thinking of the Final Major Project.

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 explore and investigate ideas, methods and techniques particular to your specialism. As in the preceding practice modules you will be encouraged to make links between methods, skills and practices, within your specialism that you have explored and developed. To support this process you will be involved with specialist staff who will help you to advance your work in relation to current discipline-specific thinking and practices. Increasingly this will involve anticipating the issues connected to the effective completion of art and design work and its interaction with and reception by an audience. Critical contexts will be outlined through lectures, briefings and seminars. Discussion in tutorials and seminars will help you to become increasingly sophisticated in your ability to communicate the processes and outcomes of your work as well as help you to evaluate your thinking and skills, whether specialist or transferable. In periods of independent study you will be guided to learn how to manage your time effectively outside the taught sessions. Feedback on your progress and development will be given during tutorials, critical reviews and group critiques. The formal assessment of your work will include a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental process, the products of your testing and examples of work, which creatively address the concerns of your project.

Independent Study250
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

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.. 



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:

Equipment and Materials

Costs associated with the module include key texts, study trips, fabrics, pattern paper, haberdashery, textile materials, yarns, sketchbooks, boards, drawing material, printing, photocopies, USB stick/s, external hard-drive.

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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