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ARTD3081 Final Collection

Module Overview

The Final Collection module aims for students to realise their creative ambitions through the creation of a final professional portfolio and a final fashion collection. An independent and organised approach is expected when realising this body of work, as students focus on presenting their work in a professional context to a wider audience in preparation for graduation and employment, whether following the Menswear or Womenswear pathway.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • contemporary fashion practice
  • how to apply fashion concepts, techniques, and processes
  • how to apply the skills you will need to practice professionally in the fashion industry
  • an in-depth understanding of your specialist pathway encompassing design, industry practices, theory and collection formulation
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply enquiry and reflection enabling you to critically evaluate your work
  • challenge the conceptual and technical practices of fashion design
  • make independent critical judgments in the selection and use of ideas, materials, and techniques
  • further develop your personal design identity by critically assessing realised outcomes
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas professionally and effectively in a variety of formats
  • use learning, library and digital resources effectively
  • demonstrate relevant interpersonal skills
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines
  • generate ideas and solve problems independently
  • present your work appropriately in a professional context
  • independently identify appropriate aims for professional practice and employability
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify an individual approach to fashion design through the realisation of practical work ready for presentation
  • resolve conceptual and technical problems in the production and realisation of garments, products and collections
  • confidently use specialist machines and equipment to a professional level
  • select materials, techniques and processes relevant to Menswear or Womenswear
  • professionally apply materials, techniques and processes to realise advanced practical outcomes


This module represents the culmination of your three years of study. It enables you to develop your work from experimentation to the production of consolidated outcomes. You will direct and realise your ideas through the concepts and practical requirements of your professionally planned project. You will be guided throughout this module in the application of your knowledge and understanding of fashion design, supporting you with the completion of your submission for this final programme assessment. In helping you evaluate a selection of your work for exposure to an audience, this module focuses on planning and producing a fashion collection that is critically informed with regard to the ideas that you wish to communicate. In art and design there is an ever-widening diversity of potential creative outcomes. Consequently, the final collection produced by fashion design students may reflect Interdisciplinarity, i.e. the interplay of fashion film, art based fashion, fashion graphics and so forth. Students will present their final collection, supported by a professionally presented portfolio, in a format that reflects current practice in the fashion industries. Although the work undertaken in this module may resemble work produced in previous years, the quality, level of finish and contextual awareness will be markedly higher.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Project Briefings • Group tutorials and discussions • One-to-one tutorials • Critical Reviews • Creative and technical workshops • Visual presentations • Career and employability sessions • Industry insight from guest speakers Learning activities include: • Creative portfolio development • Drawing and portfolio presentation workshops • Research and concept development sessions • Creative design and technical workshops • Workshop and studio based learning • Peer group learning • Critical reviews • Formative Self evaluation • Study Skills support 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. Feedback on your progress and development will be given throughout the module in tutorials, critical reviews and feedback in the studios and workshops. The summative assessment will be based on the presentation of practical work in the form of a Fashion collection and a professional portfolio.

Supervised time in studio/workshop78
Completion of assessment task80
Follow-up work120
Practical classes and workshops90
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Wider reading or practice30
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support.

Harvard citing and referencing support including citethemright online resource.

Academic Integrity support.

Study Skills Workshops.

Blackboard. Panopto via Blackboard



MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 100%


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

A4 and A3 Sketchbooks, Tracing paper and layout pad, A4 ring bound folders, Magic and masking tape, Glue stick, Drawing and painting material including pens, pencils, chalks, marker pens, inks, paints, brushes etc., paper shears [minimum 20cm], Fabric shears [minimum 23cm], Tape measure, Ruler [30cm], pattern-master ruler, Fine steel pins, calico, pattern cutting paper, various materials and fabrics for the projects. This is not a complete list of equipment and material needed, however it is an indication of what students need as a basic provision.


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 Fabric and material costs will vary dependent on the students own choices and decisions suited to the projects undertaken. Costs associated with the module may include key texts, research and fabric/material trips, fabrics, pattern paper, haberdashery, textile materials, yarns, sketchbooks, boards, drawing material, printing, photocopies, USB sticks, external hard-drive, event participation. REQUIRED Sketchbooks Drawing material including paper, paint and a variety of media Fabrics, threads and sewing materials Scissors and scalpel Cost for printing and photocopying Any material that you may wish to use for experimentation and production of final work USB Memory stick/s OPTIONAL Laptop Hard Drive Camera

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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