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ARTD3086 Critical Thinking and Writing for Textiles 2

Module Overview

This module promotes your development of critical thinking through the analysis of visual and written material relevant to Textile Design. It also highlights the importance of reflection and analysis within creative practice. It builds on the module Critical Writing and Thinking for Textiles 1, in that students have the experience and understanding of the expectations from the research process and producing the essay during semester 2 Part 2. It also builds on the Professional and Industry Context module in semester 1 Part 3 and should reflect the context and approach of your chosen textiles pathway advancing your ideas and research generated in your final collection. Your output from this module will consist of a 3000-word illustrated essay, including 10 Harvard references equivalent to 500 words based on a selected theme related to your interests and textile practice.

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 textile design
  • textile 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 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
  • utilise subject specific, library and digital resources effectively
  • study independently and produce work to set deadlines
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of sources to inform and challenge your thinking


This module will enable you to understand your practice from a theoretical perspective and focus your critical thinking. You will produce a 3,000 word illustrated essay, including 10 Harvard references equivalent to 500 words that recognises the importance of key ideas, and draws links between thoughts and information, helping to define your practiced based work. You are expected to engage with a range of research and references supporting the development of your work in the final stage of your degree. This 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 • Group discussions Learning activities include • Accessing appropriate library and online material • Peer learning • Independent study • Group discussions • Formative Self-evaluation • Study skills Hub

Wider reading or practice40
Completion of assessment task36
Follow-up work25
Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support.

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

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

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

Moon, Jennifer (2006). Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development. 

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.

Blackboard. Blackboard Panopto via Blackboard

Academic Integrity issues.

Barnard, Malcolm (1996). Fashion as Communication. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (5000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (5000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Illustrated essay  (5000 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 File to keep research Cost for printing and photocopying 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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