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Undergraduate Course: Textiles 3A: Professional settings (DESI10092)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course leads students to work with industry, explore live briefs through competitions and extend their knowledge and understanding of the wider applications of materials and textile-focused expertise. Technical skills are further extended at this level, through the development and application of resolved solutions for focused contexts. The final destinations for textiles and related products will be appropriate to the discipline and associated fields in design. Students will be set creative and technical challenges closely aligned to design activities in the industry. Students will analyse, research and develop solutions through theoretical and practical exploration.

Exact number of projects contained within this course will vary from year to year depending on client and industry collaboration and variations in competition briefs. There will always be a maximum of 5 projects and a minimum of 2.
Course description This course focuses on tackling industry and national and international competition-driven briefs in order to deepen knowledge, experience and understanding of the wider applications of materials and textile-focused expertise. Technical skills are extended through active experimentation, development and resolution of design solutions for targeted audiences.

Students will be introduced to a range of competition briefs and encouraged to explore options which will challenge their thinking and extend their practical exploration of textiles in its broadest sense. Individuals will be tasked with examining their existing skills and personal strengths as well as determining which briefs will help extend skills and understanding. Group seminars, presentations and critiques will help students question their approaches to design problems and will challenge thinking within the confines of set briefs.

Practical experimentation with materials, techniques and technology within the textiles department and the wider design school will be encouraged and supported.
Design solutions and technical investigations will be analysed, challenged and further refined towards resolutions applicable to the briefs.

Students will be supported in appropriate presentation methods to pull together their final submissions for competition and design briefs. Finishing and professional production and presentations methods will be explored. Where appropriate CAD presentation software will be introduced to refine professionalism in the completed design projects and competition entries.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Textiles and Print, Tools of the Trade (DESI08123)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course can only be taken by students who have been admitted to a named studio degree pathway within ECA Schools of Art or Design on the basis of staff assessment of portfolio of creative work.
Additional Costs The costs will be dependent on individual student choices and activities. All materials costs for textiles print pastes, screens and associated costs are available in the printroom. Costs for laser cutting, 3D printing, digital printing and other relevant technology within the deign school are clearly communicated to the students on induction to the various machines.
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. Demonstrate an increasingly inquisitive exploration of a range of approaches to textiles, supported by a thorough body of research in response to the parameters set within the project briefs.
  2. Explore materials, techniques and themes to achieve appropriate resolutions for targeted Textiles audiences and contexts.
  3. Communicate solutions visually, verbally and in writing, in a professional and appropriate format, relevant to current Textiles industry practice.
Reading List
Charny, D., Power of Making: The Case for Making and Skills (2011)

Cheney, N. & McAllister, H., Textile Surface Manipulation, Bloomsbury (2013)

Doe, T.,Textile Design in the Digital Age, Goodman Books (2015)

Kettle, A., Felcey, H. & Ravetz, A. Collaboration Through Craft, Bloomsbury Academic (2013)

Mancini, E. & Coad, R., Design, When Everybody Designs: An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation (2015)

Braddock, S.E. & Clarke, J.H. Digital Visions for Fashion + Textiles: Made in Code, Thames & Hudson (2012)

Additional reading and specific websites associated with each project will be attached to all briefs.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to research in a focused manner
Apply creative problem solving to design problems
Demonstrate decision making and editing
Communication skills, visual and verbal
KeywordsTextiles contexts,Industry briefs,Competitions,Textile expertise,Design applications
Course organiserMiss Collette Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5812
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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