The University of Southampton

ARTD6122 Fashion Design 1

Module Overview

This core module encourages you to develop an exploratory approach to your studio practice through a combination of projects and workshops that are intended to develop your interest and understanding of the conceptual, technical and practical requirements associated with fashion design. You will develop an enhanced awareness of your identity as a fashion design practitioner in relation to your peers through class activities and critiques that are designed to challenge and stimulate your knowledge and thinking of contemporary and emerging fashion issues and debates.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Explore individual approaches to two and three dimensional fashion design • Enable you to situate and debate your ideas and work within relevant critical contexts • Test and examine conceptual and practical methodologies for fashion design to support your practice

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • How to source, select and critically analyse information and materials as part of your studio practice
  • A range of techniques and methods applicable to fashion practice
  • How to apply creativity and problem solving to your research
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use research to identify and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources throughout the design process
  • Reflect critically on your practice to challenge your thinking
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate ideas clearly and effectively using a variety of media and approaches
  • Demonstrate organisation and self-management skills to achieve targets and meet deadlines
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a professional approach to your fashion design practice


• Design project briefings • Visual research methods for design • Studio based learning • Technical studio workshops • CAD workshops • Toile development • First sample realisation • Portfolio development • Tutor-led critical reviews

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Tutor briefings • Presentations • Group tutorials • One-to-one tutorial • Critical reviews/formative feedback • Creative and technical workshops Learning activities include • Independent learning, including reflection on feedback • Independent research • Fabric research • Workshop-based learning • Digital and technical practice • Peer group learning • Class discussion

Independent Study350
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Dawber, M, (2013). The Complete Fashion Sketchbook. 

Leach, R. (2012). The Fashion Resource Book: Research for Design. 

Hethorn, J. and Ulasewicz, C. (2015). Sustainable Fashion – What’s Next?. 

Fletcher, K and Grosse, L. (2012). Fashion and Sustainability – design for change. 

Rissanen, T. and McQuillan, H. (2015). Zero Waste Fashion Design. 

Mbonu, E. (2014). Fashion Design Research. 

Chunman L D. (2012). Pattern Cutting (Portfolio Skills). 

Gwitt, A. (2014). A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion. 

Hopkins, J. (2012). Fashion Design: The complete guide. 

Tallon, K. (2013). Creative Fashion Design with Illustrator. 


Fischer, A. (2015). Sewing for Fashion Design. 



Peer Group Feedback


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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:


Fabric, paper, thread. The cost of materials may very dependent on the nature of your project. Sketchbooks, portfolio materials. Optional travel for research visits.


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/recommended 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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