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Undergraduate Course: Textiles 3B : Identifying Textile Directions (DESI10110)

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 streamlines the student's personal vision for textile design, placing design ideas in specific contexts. By applying and extending the technical competences introduced in Textiles 3A, students will explore a variety of modes of working which may include groups, pairs and individual formats. Students are encouraged to identify personal directions for their ambitions, both creatively and technically. Through a suite of projects students will explore developing solutions to design challenges as members of collaborative teams, collective groups and individual personally set briefs. This course helps students prepare for working as part of a design team. The final project facilitates identifying personal skills and strengths, plus collation of practical and visual examples in the production of a document appropriate for application to internships and other relevant opportunities.
Course description The course comprises of 2 main projects which are brought together in a final body of work summing up personal strengths in a format appropriate to the expectations of industry. Project 1 supports the individual student in both collaborative and collective methods of working with others to produce a collection which will be presented as a group in an appropriate context. Project 2 builds on personal strengths encouraging each student to find more focused personal working method and personally specified themes. The final project is specifically designed to bring projects together and encourage students to identify personal strengths in a final document which may be used for application to student internships or equivalent professional experience.

Project 1:

Collection in context project. This is an extended project enabling the students to collaborate with other team members in the creation of a professional collection applied and showcased in a relevant context.

Project 2:

Personal vision practical project. This is a self-generated brief to help focus the student's personal interests within the textiles discipline. Students are encouraged to drill deeper into personal research and to embrace the resources within the full University and the ECA campus. Materials will be explored on a practical level to strengthen and extend the understanding of their full potential. All of this will be directed to a context specified by the individual student.

Project 3:

Personal promotion CV and book(let). This project is an important aspect of the course bringing together the full portfolio and celebrating the strengths and achievements as a designer within a visual document. This can take the form of a pamphlet/booklet/magazine. Each student will produce an analogue and a digital solution.
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 design 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 the appropriate use of relevant research and technical skills and knowledge, to develop viable and coherent solutions to design projects
  2. REALISE personal intentions through themed projects to achieve appropriate resolutions for targeted Textiles audiences and contexts
  3. COMMUNICATE solutions visually, verbally and in writing, in a professional and appropriate format
Reading List
Clarke, S., Textile Design (Portfolio), Laurence King (2011)

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)

Patternity, PATTERNITY: A New Way Of Seeing: The Inspirational Power Of Pattern, Conran (2015)

Quinn, B. Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design. Laurence King (2013)

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
Course organiserMiss Collette Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5812
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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