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ARTD3083 Textile Design: Directions

Module Overview

Within this module 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 ambitious collections of work preparing them for the Final Major Project and also start to work on their professional portfolio in readiness for graduation and employment.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • how to utilise sources to further your design development
  • how to apply the methods, techniques and technologies that you have learnt to realise your ideas creatively
  • how to relate your practice to the professional context of textile design
  • industry practice, professional design and the location of your work within a relevant market level informed by your research.
  • an in-depth understanding of your specialist pathway which includes innovative concepts and how professional, cultural and technological changes impact on textile design
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply advanced methods of enquiry, and reflection to select and edit your work to relate to your specialist context
  • challenge the conceptual and technical boundaries of your discipline
  • make independent critical judgments in the selection and use of ideas, materials, techniques and processes
  • use your critical analysis effectively to develop a considered and coherent body of work
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively to a more advanced level using a variety of formats
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of subject specific, printed and digital sources to inform and challenge your thinking
  • study independently, manage your time effectively and produce work to set deadlines
  • present your work appropriately in a professional manner
  • demonstrate innovative approaches to engagement with professional practice and employability opportunities.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify an individual and ambitious approach to the discipline through the realisation of practical work to a professional standard
  • work and use machines and equipment safely and professionally in the studios and workshops
  • apply a variety of practical skills effectively and professionally in the making and finalisation of your work
  • evidence the practical development of your work in an organised way and resolve conceptual and technical problems in the production of design collections, protoypes and where applicable, products


Textile Design: Directions builds on your experiences in Part 1 and 2, by providing a focus through which you can begin to hone 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. Greater critical thinking will help you recognise the strengths and weaknesses of what you are producing. You will be encouraged to be highly independent and self-motivated, and to be ambitious and confident in the presentation of your work. Originality, coherence and detailed understanding of how to apply specific media and techniques, will be evidenced, by the production of complex design outcomes. Students will produce textile collections aimed at a relevant industry context, fashion, interiors or surface decoration supported by a professionally presented portfolio..The quality and depth of contextual awareness will be to a higher level than previous presented. The work and outcomes of this module inform and influence the focus and thinking of the Final Major Project.

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 and practice learning • School resource based learning • Seminars • Optional study visits • Peer group learning • Group critiques • Formative self-assessment • Workshop based learning • Study Skills Hub

Follow-up work100
Wider reading or practice30
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Supervised time in studio/workshop70
Practical classes and workshops90
Completion of assessment task90
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support.

Digital Learning resource for students to access digital support and tutorials.

Academic Integrity issues.

Blackboard. Blackboard Panopto via Blackboard

WSA Creative Services: Students can access a wide range of 2D and 3D printing and laser cut facilities.. 

Harvard citing and referencing systems, including the citethemright online resource.



MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 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:


Texts on project briefs are available in the University Library, however some may be in limited supply and students may wish to purchase the texts as appropriate. On average students may expect to spend up to £300 per practical module, although this may vary dependent on students use of materials. Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential art and design materials, and of producing textile collections and reports as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study. Some extra costs are involved in the use of Industry standard digital machinery in the creation of digital work and includes areas such as laser cutters, 3D printers, Mimaki textile and wallpaper printers, jacquard machinery and Shemia technology. The choice of materials such as specialist yarns, fabrics, specialist printing pastes etc., may incur additional costs, however, other less expensive materials may be negotiated with relevant pathway staff. The cost of material and media may vary depending on the nature of your chosen response to your studio project. The quality and choice of materials and media in producing your final work will be directed by you, however some basic materials may be made available to you for free in certain modules i.e. paper, calico. Optional study visits, visiting exhibitions and selection and participation at New Designers (circa £300) and other relevant international fairs where appropriate will incur additional costs.

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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