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ARTD3085 Textile Design: Final Major Project

Module Overview

Within this module students will realise their creative ambitions through the independent development of a Final Collection. Students will be expected to utilise their specialist skills in a coherent and focused direction, showing individual innovation within contemporary Textile Design across knit, print and weave. Higher levels of refinement are expected in your work, using critical and analytical abilities in the design process to fully resolve outcomes. You will focus on presenting your work in a professional context in preparation for graduation and employment. The module represents the culmination of your study. Within this module, you will focus your practice in relation to where you position yourself in the textile industry or future career / study aspiration.

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 select and use thorough, varied and relevant research towards the development of a final project
  • how to utilise contemporary design contexts to direct your outcomes
  • how to apply appropriate textile concepts, techniques, methods and processes in the realisation of your project to a higher level
  • how resolve your ideas effectively within a relevant professional context
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply methods of independent inquiry through the selection of research, materials, media and processes to explore your ideas
  • apply a considered and critical approach in the development of ideas and experimentation into a resolved and coherent body of work
  • evaluate and challenge the conceptual and practical boundaries of your discipline
  • use higher levels of analysis in the translation of your ideas to an intended context
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate ideas effectively to an advanced level using a variety of written and visual formats
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of subject specific, printed and electronic sources to inform and challenge your thinking
  • solve problems, study independently, manage your time effectively and produce work to set deadlines
  • present your work in a professional manner
  • demonstrate innovative approaches to engagement with professional practice and employability opportunities
  • employ digital skills to an ambitious level to support your learning
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
  • produce work demonstrating higher levels of refinement
  • evidence the practical development of your work in an organised way
  • resolve conceptual and technical problems in the production of design collections, prototype fabrics, paper and materials and where applicable, products


This module enables you to develop a self-directed and independent ambitious body of resolved outcomes for an intended context depending on your pathway of study. You will develop a body of highly individual contextual research which relates to a theme of your choosing. You will direct and realise your ideas conceptually and practically through in-depth visual research, experimentation and higher level technical skills gained throughout the course. The module content will evolve following your chosen, self-directed project, enabling you to challenge the conceptual and practical boundaries of your discipline within a focused direction to create an informed and refined final collection.

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

Follow-up work100
Completion of assessment task90
Wider reading or practice30
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Supervised time in studio/workshop73
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.

Blackboard. Panopto via Blackboard An on-gong relevant reading list to specific projects will be listed on the project brief/s and available on 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 citethemright online resource:.

Academic Integrity issues:.



MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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 specialist materials. Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential art and design materials, and of producing textile collections, reports and dissertations 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, wallpaper and sublimation printers, jacquard weaving machinery and Shemia Seiki technology. The choice of materials such as specialist yarns, fabrics, specialist printing pastes etc., may incur additional costs, however, other less expensive materials may 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. REQUIRED Sketchbooks Drawing materials, including paper, paints, and a variety of media Fabrics, threads and sewing materials Cost for printing and photocopying Scissors and or scalpel Any material that you may wish to use for experimentation and production of final work USB Memory Stick - larger memory for back up of digital textile files 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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