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ARTD6148 Textile Design 1

Module Overview

This module is studio and workshop based, and aims to develop your textile design skills and advance your design ideas through in-depth exploration of concepts, which combine self-expression and creativity to help you to identify your personal strengths and interests. This aims to enhance key skills essential to creative development and future practice; and extend your ability to communicate your ideas and design concepts to a professional standard. There will be set projects that are supported by weekly sessions in both Group and Individual format. These sessions include research for design, sketchbook and design development, peer review and portfolio building. You will participate in and develop skills through individual and group tutorials, workshops and online resources. The projects are also supported with technical sessions in a wide variety of printing workshops incorporating new and traditional techniques.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the relevance and importance of your ideas and practices of textile design;
  • the ability to develop a series of textile designs to a set brief and informed by research.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate your design development and knowledge of textile design in the global market;
  • analyse your work and derive ways of advancing your ideas.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate your ideas effectively through different working methodologies and references;
  • explore techniques and design developments applicable to your own research with an awareness of ethical considerations.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • explore a variety of textile practices such as screen-printing & fabric dyeing to develop your portfolio and demonstrate subject specific skills.


Typically projects are set during the module as an introduction to your study at WSA and to extend your conceptual and technical research towards the creation, communication and presentation of textile design collections. This module encourages your individual understanding of how to advance your ideas. It aims to develop your design work, in all areas, including drawing, mark making, research skills and development of sketchbooks, which will form the basis of your engagement with the programme. You will engage with and aim to develop your oral and presentation skills, critical and analytical skills, as well as communication, organisational and time management skills. We work closely with the Technical Support Team to ensure you are supported practically within the Print & Dye Room and with the CAD Facilities. Group and individual tutorials are delivered to support your design work, critical and analytical skills, as well as communication and presentation skills. You will receive timely feedback, evaluating your work and commenting on your achievement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Design project briefings • Tutorials – Group and Individual • Tutor lead critical reviews • Technical Workshops • Visiting lecturers • Seminar presentations Learning activities include: • Independent learning, including reflecting on feedback • Independent research • Market research • Peer group learning • Digital and technical practice • Workshop based learning • Problem solving activities • Class discussion

Independent Study350
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

General Resource. Tate Modern

Wisburn, Laurie. The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric. 

General Resource. The Wellcome Institute

Cole, Druisilla (2008). Textiles Now. 

General Resource. V&A Museum

Fogg, M. (2006). Print in Fashion. 

General Resource. Tate Britain

General Resource. Hayward Gallery

General Resource. The British Library

Quinn, Bradley (2009). Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge. 

Schoeser, M. (2012). Textiles: The Art of Mankind. 

General Resource. Serpentine Gallery

Russell, A. (2011). The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design. 

Cole, Druisilla (2009). The Pattern Sourcebook - A Century of Surface Design. 

General Resource. Courtauld Institute of Art

General Resource. British Museum

General Resource. The Design Museum


Gordon, Beverly (2011). Textiles the Whole Story. 



Peer Group Feedback


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (800 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (800 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (800 words) 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:

Equipment and Materials

Costs associated with the module may include key texts, study trips, textile materials, sketchbooks, boards, drawing material, printing, photocopies, USB stick/s, external hard-drive. The cost of materials may vary dependent on the nature of your project.


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