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ARTD3084 Professional and Industry Contexts for Textiles

Module Overview

This module is designed to enhance your employability and support your personal development. You will engage with key concepts and skills around employability in your chosen area as part of your programme. Building on knowledge and skills already acquired you will be encouraged to take a critical and analytical approach to the evaluation of your work and how to situate it in a professional context.

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 target your selected work for future employment or post-graduate study
  • how to locate your work within an appropriate professional and commercial context
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect on your learning achievements towards your personal goals
  • evaluate and propose a variety of approaches to contextualise your practice
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • plan and manage your time effectively
  • communicate and present ideas in appropriate formats
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify an individual approach to promote your work in a professional context


This module will support your understanding of employability within your subject. Indicative content for this module covers: • Personal career planning and development • Graduate skills and employability • Careers advice • CV writing workshops cover letter workshops • Professional requirements • Postgraduate study opportunities Professional Skills • Digital/creative content • Networking and the professional use of social media • Presentation skills (preparation, presentation style and practice) • Time management and project planning • Team work • Communication • Thinking and analysis

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures • academic study skills sessions • tutor-led seminars • tutorials • visiting lecturers Learning activities include • Independent learning, including reflection and evaluation of feedback • independent research • online reference material and tutorial notes • peer group learning • class discussions • Study Skills Hub

Practical classes and workshops6
Completion of assessment task45
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Follow-up work60
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support.

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

Working Papers in Art and Design: an on-line refereed Journal. 

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

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

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

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

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

Academic Integrity issues.

Cottrell, S (2015). Skills For Success : Personal Development And Employability. 

Polanyi, Michael (2009). The Tacit Dimension. 

Blackboard. Panopto via Blackboard

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

Harvard citing and referencing systems, including citethemright online resource.

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  ( 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 Required Cost for printing and photocopying Scissors and or scalpel Any material that you may wish to use for production of final work USB Memory stick 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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