Undergraduate Course: Fashion Design 3A: Fashion Innovation for Industry (DESI10104)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is designed to enhance a fashion students' knowledge of the wider contemporary discipline of fashion, exploring how designers/brands use innovation to reach global markets. Students undertaking the course will be introduced to innovation-led methods of design through knitwear, sustainability, material development, accessories, tailoring and outerwear - all with a clear realistic fashion retail market yet original in concepts, processes and outcomes.
Each design project brief issued on the course is externally facing with a clear focus on increased industry awareness and innovations in fashion design concepts, processes and outcomes.
Students undertaking the course will be introduced to new methods of design through innovation led exploration of knitwear, sustainable material development, accessories and a basic introduction to tailoring and outerwear - all with a focused identified fashion retail market and consumer context. The structure of the course allows students to further investigate their personal research interests and increase their contemporary fashion awareness in order to further understand global markets and trends for fashion.
The course includes weekly pattern cutting and garment technology workshops; developing students' technical skills to an industry recognized professional level.
Students on the course also undertake life-drawing to develop an understanding and 3-D awareness of materials, tailoring, accessories and outerwear worn across a diverse range of body shapes and sizes.
Students develop their presentation skills, presenting all coursework through a professional developing Design Book fashion portfolio of completed project work.
The course is structured as detailed below, covering the following areas:
MATERIAL INNOVATION FOR INDUSTRY - Formative
ACCESSORIES FOR INDUSTRY - Formative
OUTERWEAR FOR INDUSTRY - Summative
TAILORING CONSTRUCTION OUTERWEAR Overarching project weeks 1-7 - Formative
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||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|| All costs are approximate:
Basic costs of paper/sketchbooks/drawing materials - estimated at £30 per course
Basic costs of Calico fabrics for experimental prototyping - estimated at £40
Costs of Printing for presentation submission - estimated at £40
Costs of fabrics/yarns for design projects - estimated at £20-30
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Only open to Visiting Students admitted direct to the Fashion 3rd year as part of that department's portfolio of existing exchange agreements.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Respond to design project briefs by exploring personal research and original concepts in depth, demonstrating advanced knowledge of contemporary global fashion contexts.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and resolve design work through a structured developmental processes, including design sketch, fabric development, silhouette, range planning, pattern cutting, garment technology and prototyping.
- Communicate all resolved fashion design work to a professionally accomplished standard through original and highly personal presentation formats.
|Advanced Fashion Drawing : lifestyle Illustration Bil Donovan: Laurence King, 2010|
Fashion Now 2 : i-D Terry Jones & Avril Mair: Taschen, 2008
Knitwear in Fashion Sandy Black: Thames & Hudson, 2002.
Techno Textiles Sarah E Braddock: Thames and Hudson, 1999
Designing Accessories John Lau: AVA Publishing
Fashion Statements: interviews with fashion designers Francesca Alfano Miglietti: Thames & Hudson 2006.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||An ability to be experimental and highly creative through design work and creative cutting.
An ability to express ideas verbally and visually in a confident, professional and engaging way.
Enable students to position their personal practice within the discipline and within the wider marketplace?
|Keywords||Fashion design,fashion history,fashion research,creative cutting,fashion illustration
|Course organiser||Ms Claire Ferguson
|Course secretary||Ms Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713