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Undergraduate Course: Fashion Design 1B: Principles of Minimalism: Form, simplicity and function (DESI08071)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStudents on the course are introduced to historical, cultural and contemporary concepts of Minimalism in Fashion, and its enduring global importance and impact.

This course teaches students to build upon their existing design and practical skills through an exploration of full-scale experimental garment design. Key knowledge of contemporary design contexts and material investigation is applied to a resolved body of fashion work, including garment design exhibited in the annual Edinburgh College of Art fashion show and a professionally accomplished Design Book (portfolio).
Course description This fashion design course introduces pivotal historical, cultural and contemporary concepts of Minimalism in Fashion, and its enduring global importance and impact.

Minimalist aesthetics continue to hold fundamental importance and influence towards contemporary fashion design. The art of exploring simplicity through reduction of detail, silhouette and pattern cutting is a vital skill for all students who will understand the value of editing ideas, learning to express key fashion concepts in artful, considered and sensitive ways.

The course builds upon the basic skills acquired through Fashion Design 1a, by introducing full-scale experimental prototyping and realisation of garment work through professional and accomplished production skills. Students are required to consider sustainable issues relating to material wastage through innovative seam development and pattern placement.

Students will respond to the project brief by generating personal research exploring minimalism through art, design, photography, garment research, line, form, structure, silhouette, colour and material application. Students on the course learn to develop a coherent range plan, selecting one garment to proceed to manufacture.

Students are also required to complete a full Design Book (portfolio) prototype that showcases all projects completed in courses Fashion 1a and 1b, to a professional and creative level.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If this course is core to your programme you will be automatically enrolled, for all other students, including Design students, the course is open on a first come first served basis until the course is full. Where a course depends on some technical proficiency, PTs are encouraged to help students check with the appropriate Course Organiser regarding suitability, eg if student has previous external practical experience. The course will be open to enrolments from Thursday 13th September at 9.30am. Please sign up for the course through your own School (they will advise if this is done your PT, SSO or Teaching Office). We do not currently keep a waiting list.
Additional Costs Costs below 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 prototypes DesignBook presentation submission - estimated at 40
Average cost for materials for final garment - 25 - 35
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 24, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 14, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1: An assessment of a clearly presented body of self-initiated research in response to the design brief- this must include personal visual research, contemporary and historical fashion analysis, colour and material research. This would normally be presented in clearly labeled professional research files weighting of 30%

2: Assessed through a submission of one or more Design Journals (sketchbook) clearly documenting the developing research to design process. Assessment also includes submission of garment prototyping, material and garment finishing samples. The internship journal is also assessed under this learning outcome Suggested weighting of 30%

3: Assessment of a submitted full body of work completed throughout the course (should also include Sem 1a Core projects although the content of 1a is only resubmitted and not re-assessed) as directed by the project briefs presented clearly and professionally in a prototyped Design Book (portfolio format). A completed garment will also be assessed under this category. weighting of 40 %

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

Assessment element 1 is used to assess Learning Outcome 1
Assessment element 2 is used to assess Learning Outcome 2
Assessment element 3 is used to assess Learning Outcome 3
Feedback Formative verbal feedback will be given weekly on project work presented at one to one tutorials. This work may be evidenced through research files, garment prototyping and design journals depending on the stage of the project as stipulated by the brief.

Formative verbal and written feedback and grading is issued at the culmination of specific fashion design projects which form the full course. This will normally comprise of an 8-10 page creative visual presentation outlining personal research themes, season and contexts for the work, colour direction, edited & selected design process (taken from the Design Journal), final fabrics and a fully illustrated design conclusion. Completed garments or prototypes (where required) will also be assessed under this category when required by the project brief.

Summative assessment constitutes a total submission of the work completed throughout the course, with comprehensive written feedback and grading issued. The principal component of assessment is the DesignBook, which showcases all completed design projects on the course. This will also include professionally finished garments and all supporting work.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Generate a visual research investigation into a breadth of personal themes and concepts responding to the project brief. recorded through a professional and creative documentation process.
  2. Respond to design briefs through an inquisitive design investigation integrating sustained creative prototyping and sketched design methods.
  3. Communicate design resolutions through a prototyped Design Book (portfolio) presentation format, and manufacture garment work to an accomplished professional standard.
Reading List
Pattern Magic 2. Tomoko Nakamichi. Laurence King
Japanese Fashion Designers. The Work and Influence of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo: Bonnie English. Berg Publishers.
Balenciaga and His Legacy. Myra Walker. Yale
Fashion: Yohji Yamamoto. Benedikt Taschen. Taschen GMBH
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Excellent abilities in time keeping, project management and organization skills.
An ability to be experimental.
An ability to reflect on personal practice, making independent decisions on developing work forward in response to teaching guidance.
An ability to produce basic fashion garments at an accomplished professional level.
Demonstrate an acute awareness of contemporary and historical fashion design.
Demonstrate strong and individual drawing and visual presentation aesthetics
An ability to express ideas verbally in a confident, professional and engaging way.
KeywordsFashion Design,Creative Cutting,Fashion Drawing,Fashion Research,Fashion Materials
Course organiserMs Emily Ford-Halliday
Tel: (0131 6)51 5813
Course secretaryMrs Gill Lowther
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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