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Undergraduate Course: Rethink, Re-design (DESI08089)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
To introduce contemporary research with regards to sustainability (textiles in particular);
To challenge current research and respond in a thoughtful reflective manner;
To raise awareness by understanding how material life cycle and future longevity affects our planet;
To encourage students to problem solve in relation to current climate issues.

This course will encourage students to explore a range of design issues whilst raising awareness with regards to sustainable design, material choice and production methods. The lectures will be intertwined with practical workshops focusing on specific issues relating to the lecture topics. Practical workshops will focus on the deconstruction of existing materials and products to encourage future reinvention and re-use.

Consideration and enquiry will be driven by practical investigation into:
Materials - new and old;
Techniques -analogue and digital;
Products - structure;
Services - temporary/permanent.

Students will be challenged to discard preconceptions of what they consider 'good' design practice. They will be encouraged to be thoughtful and reflective about responsible design for the future.

This elective will facilitate discussion and further research into current and future issues affecting our planet. The elective will allow research to be explored though practical enquiry.
Course description This course will encourage students to seek out research into the varied subject of sustainability focusing on surplus Textile materials. Materials will be collected and examined. This enquiry will be recorded and begin the basis of personal research focusing on product lifetime in terms of: resources, origin of material and longevity of source. During the course students will work together and individually, collectively gathering and examining contemporary research into the cycle of resources related to textile materials. They will gain an understanding and gathering current research in relation to The Circular Economy. Students will be encouraged to challenge and apply their knowledge to a series of design problems. This is a practical based course that encourages students to be inquisitive and reflective in their approach. Students will be encouraged to apply critical thinking to a range of issues surrounding sustainability. Lectures will be given from a range of contemporary speakers whose expertise will be varied. These lectures will enable the students to gain knowledge from a variety of specialists encouraging them to further engage with this valuable research.

(7 lectures with Q&A sessions)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Basic A4 print outs and some minor materials costs including presentation costs/sketchbooks. Materials costs which will vary depending on the student's individual method of production but could be approximated at £30 for this course.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. ANALYSE: demonstrate the ability to examine an issue associated with sustainability and textiles from a number of viewpoints.
  2. DEVELOP: knowledge and understanding of sustainability issues in a creative and personal manner.
  3. COMMUNICATE: Consolidate your findings as a personal resource, appropriate for further development in the future.
Reading List
Birtwhistle, G. and Moore, C. M. (2007). Fashion Clothing International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management,
Chapman, J. (2013, 22nd July). Repair. Textile Toolbox online:
Von Busch, O. (2011). Community Repair: Challenging a Community of Non-Commitment.
Make it Last (2015, 5th March). Celia Pym gives you the world¿s best mending tips. Make It Last:
WRAP (2012b). Valuing Our Clothes: the evidence base. A technical report for WRAP: London. Retrieved from
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Enthusiasm and inquisitiveness
KeywordsSustainable,ethical,circular economy,mindful community,value,cultural,economic,problem solving
Course organiserMs Shirley Mclauchlan
Course secretaryMiss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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