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ARTD6149 Textile Design 2

Module Overview

This module takes place during the second semester and is studio and workshop based. In this module you are encourage to use your own research and design skills to start formulating your Self-initiated textile design ideas. You will work towards producing an individual body of work inspired by personally driven initiatives in preparation for the final major project. This module enables you to take part in the MA Interim Show to develop your own response to the challenges of putting up an exhibition in textile design. You will be supported by weekly tutorial sessions in both Group and Individual format. These sessions include advancing your research for design, sketchbook and design development, colour and concept board development, peer review and portfolio building. You will continue to develop and advance your skills through individual and group tutorials, workshops and online resources. The module is also supported with technical sessions to advance your printing techniques and expand CAD skills. Optional study visits may be offered to visit practicing textile designers or a working Print Factory alongside various trips to London visiting galleries and exhibitions to extend your understanding of contemporary design. In this module critical reviews with Industry based designers will provide feedback to help you to reflect on the development of your design ideas. This will assist your learning, developing your critical evaluation skills to help you situate your work 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 develop a series of textile designs inspired by independent research;
  • how to apply critical judgement to your work to advance and test your ideas and development of your design work;
  • how to situate your design work in a professional context.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate your working methods and utilise this information to critically advance your own work;
  • critically reflect on your work in readiness for the final project.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate increasing self-management, recognising own strengths and weaknesses;
  • dommunicate your ideas visually and in text.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • embrace a wide variety of textile printing techniques incorporating new and traditional technologies.


This module concentrates on developing your own responses to the challenges to printed and embroidered textile design in a highly experimental and speculative manner. It continues to develop your individual understanding of your design work and how to advance your design concepts. It aims to continue advancing all areas of your design work, including drawing, mark making, design repeat and layout and presentation of your design concepts and colour/mood boards alongside the continued development of your sketchbooks. You will develop your professional practice through formative group work during the Interim Show. You will continue to develop your oral and presentation skills, critical and analytical skills, as well as communication, organisational and time management skills. You will work together as a group with staff to design, plan and manage the Interim Exhibition.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Tutor project briefing • Tutorials – Group and one to one • Critical review / formative feedback • Creative and Technical Workshops • Presentations • Exhibition planning Learning activities include: • Project proposal writing • Independent research • Market research • Peer group learning • Digital and technical practice • Problem solving activities • Independent learning, including reflection on feedback • Class discussion and group planning activities • Workshop based learning

Independent Study350
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

General Resource. Hayward Gallery

Bowles, Melanie and Isaac,Ceri (2012). Digital Textile Design. 

General Resource. Tate Britain

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

Cole, Druisilla (2008). Textiles Now. 

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

General Resource. The Design Museum

General Resource. British Museum

General Resource. The Wellcome Institute

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

General Resource. Courtauld Institute of Art

General Resource. Serpentine Gallery

Quinn, Bradley (2013). Textile Visionaries – Innovation and sustainability in Textile Design. 

Fogg, M. (2006). Print in Fashion. 


Briggs-Goode, Amanda (2013). Printed Textile Design. 

General Resource. Tate Modern

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

General Resource. The British Library

General Resource. V&A Museum



Portfolio Development


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (1000 words) 20%
Portfolio 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (1000 words) 20%
Portfolio 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (1000 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, and external hard-drive. The cost of material 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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