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ARTD3082 Critical Thinking and Writing for Fashion 2

Module Overview

This module promotes the development of critical and reflective abilities through the analysis of visual and written material relevant to your Fashion practice. It also highlights the importance of critical thinking, reflection and analysis within creative practice. It builds on Critical Thinking and Writing 1 in that students have the experience and understanding of the expectations from producing the Critical Thinking and Writing Essay in Part 2. It also builds on the Professional and Industry Context module in semester 1 and should reflect the context and approach of your chosen Fashion Pathway and advance your ideas and research generated in your Final Collection.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • contemporary and historical contexts and their influence on the practice and theory of fashion design
  • fashion design practices, concepts and debates informed by professional, cultural and technological innovations evolving in this field
  • how research informed thinking helps advance self-initiated projects
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop ideas by applying thinking and concepts informed by an art, design and culture context relevant to your practice and discipline
  • generate ideas and apply methods of enquiry, analysis and critical reflection for an intended context
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively in writing
  • effectively use specialist resources including digital
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of sources to inform and challenge your thinking
  • understand and utilise appropriate academic referencing


This module will allow you to demonstrate your awareness and considerations of the context in which you are researching, and how this context informs and challenges your studio practice. Making notes from critical readings, contextual references will document the clear development of your research. Reflect on your practice and identify ideas that will inform a more critical approach to your work. A self-reflective, critical approach to research is essential for the success of this module. This submission should be accompanied by a bibliography with a selection of suitable visual and academic references.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Introduction to the module • Lectures • Seminars • Tutorials • Online support including Blackboard Learning activities include • Accessing appropriate library and online material • Peer learning • Group discussions • Independent study • Self-evaluation • Study Skills support Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Learning in this module builds on the skills you developed through Critical Thinking and Writing 2. It is intended to be highly independent and self-directed, supported by lectures and tutorials. The approach encourages you to reflect on your practice in a contemporary and focused context. The assessment of this module is the 3500-word illustrated essay. The essay will be submitted hardcopy and via turn-it-in. It is intended that it will assist your practice and research after graduation.

Completion of assessment task38
Follow-up work25
Wider reading or practice38
Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Malcolm Barnard (1996). Fashion as Communication. 

Study Skills Workshops.

Harvard citing and referencing support including citethemright online resource.

M. Clarke (2007). Verbalising the Visual: Translating art and design into words. 

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support.

Jeniffer Moon (2006). A Hankbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development. 

Academic Integrity support.

Pat Francis (2009). Inspiring Writing in Art and Design: Taking a Line for a Write. 

Fred Davis (1992). Fashion, Culture and Identity. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (3500 words) 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:


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.

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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