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ARTD3080 Professional and Industry Context for Fashion

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to personal and professional skills focussed on gaining employment within the Fashion Industry. It will develop your understanding and encourage you to engage with key thinking and examples of employability within your chosen area of Fashion Design. The first semester of the final year is a critical juncture for reflecting on professional aims and objectives and planning your future career, as you are about to undertake your final project on the programme. This module will enhance your ability to position yourself within your chosen field of the Fashion Industry and equip you with a strategy for employment.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • employability and professional practice within the Fashion Industry sector
  • the recruitment process, including specifics of the application process
  • how to develop an appropriate plan for professional practice and further study
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse your current practice for discipline direction and orientation
  • select appropriate methods for professional standard of research
  • evaluate and apply a variety of academic approaches to contextualise your practice
  • identify and apply the skills you need to practice professionally in fashion design and creative industries
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop and manage your time effectively to set deadlines
  • solve problems independently in creative and innovative ways
  • present your work appropriately in a professional context
  • employ digital skills to support your learning
  • apply appropriate skills for professional practice and employability


This module will support you in understanding and processing employability within your subject specific contexts. It will allow you to focus on strategies for employment and define a method of engagement within a professional context Indicative content for this module: Research methods and planning • Generating and applying new ideas • The role of practice in action/ research • Making full use of information and communication technologies Professional Skills • Digital /Creative content • Building a CV • Networking and the professional use of social media • Presentation skills (preparation, presentation style and practice) • Professional Blog • Digital Portfolio • Time management and project planning

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures • seminars • tutorials • workshops Learning activities include • independent learning, including reflection and evaluation of feedback • independent research • online reference material • tutorial notes • peer group learning • class discussions • Study Skills support

Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Completion of assessment task46
Practical classes and workshops6
Wider reading or practice20
Follow-up work40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard. Blackboard Panopto via Blackboard

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support.

Michael Polanyi (2009). The Tacit Dimension. 

Gray, C & Malins, J (2004). Visualizing Research. (Electronic Resource): A Guide To The Research Process In Art And Design. 

Academic Integrity support.

Louis Cohen, Lawrence Manion and Keith Morrison (2007). Research Methods in Education. 

Donald A Schon (1991). The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action (Arena). 

Working on Papers in Art and Design. an on-line refereed Journal (This journal can be accessed through the TDNet Journals Gateway on the WSA Library Webcat).

Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead (2009). You and Your Action Research Project. 

Harvard citing and referencing support including citethemright online resource.

Cotterell, S. (2015). Skills for Success: Personal Development and Employability. 

Study Skills Workshops.

Cottrell, S (2013). The Study Skills Handbook. 

Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead (2009). Doing and Writing Action Research. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Blog  (2500 words) 80%
Presentation  (10 minutes) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Blog  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Blog  (2500 words) 80%
Presentation  (10 minutes) 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: 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:


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 Costs associated with the module may include key texts, research trips, sketchbooks, drawing material, printing, photocopies, USB stick/s, and external hard-drive.

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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