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Undergraduate Course: Textiles 1B: The role of Textiles in Art and Design (DESI08121)

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
SummaryThis course is designed to reinforce core research skills, and extend these through their practical application to Textile design Briefs. Through projects workshops and design challenges, the activities build confidence in understanding the possibilities for textiles as a creative discipline, and begin to address how and where textiles can be applied.
Course description This course is built to provide a directed grounding of studies to art and design students interested in textiles and materials. There is a strong practical focus to all activities. The course consists of a series of workshops and 3-project briefs, to help students challenge their understanding of textiles in contemporary society, and to begin to explore what textiles can be, and how the discipline relates to other design fields. Content for these briefs may include themes related to the body, the environment and the culture we live in. Contexts may include fashion, interiors and product. Through developing questions, exploration, discoveries and discussion, students will begin to apply their understanding of practical and critical theory around the subject in hands-on projects, culminating in resolved prototypes, products and conclusions.

Students will be set textiles project briefs, and be challenged to explore connections between gathered research, drawing and personal investigation with materials. This will enable students to drill deeper into the research. Students will be encouraged to employ their understanding of textiles techniques to help inform resolutions, developing technical skills and understanding within the parameters of the briefs. They will subsequently be asked to reflect and re-consider intentions for further development and resolution of ideas towards informed proposals, answering the expectations of the project briefs with an increasingly personal handwriting.

Throughout the course, students will work both independently and in groups, supported by weekly tutorials, group crits and discussion and practical workshops led by lecturers and technical staff.
This course will comprise multiple projects, leading to a final, summatively assessed physical portfolio submission.
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 Art materials and equipment lists will be supplied in advance; Materials costs which will vary depending on the students individual method of production but could be approximated at 35 for this course.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  16
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 36, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT: This is a physical portfolio submission with all 3 learning outcomes equally weighted.

1) Sketchbooks (or equivalent) demonstrating design thinking and associated research and references. 1 sketchbook (or equivalent) should be submitted for each project within the course.
2) Research file or technical notebook including practical exploration of relevant techniques and materials.
3) Design development samples, minimum 10 samples.
4) Professional presentation of projects in appropriate formats, for example clearly labelled folders for each project.

All projects within the course are equally weighted as part of the final submission.
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided throughout the course in the form of tutorials, group-work and written feedback for each project included in the course.

Written formative feedback supported by individual tutorials will take place in week 6. Students will also be asked to self assess in advance of the mid course tutorial.

Summative feedback will be provided via VLE at the end of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate appropriate creative responses and focused research in response to the textile project briefs.
  2. Apply critical judgement through personal investigation, focusing relevant textile techniques and creative material exploration towards resolutions for tasks and projects.
  3. Communicate textile processes and outcomes in a personal and professional format appropriate to the project briefs.
Reading List
Briggs-Goode, A. Printed Textile Design , Laurence King (2013)
Cole, D. The Pattern Sourcebook: A Century of Surface Design. Laurence King (2009)
Kinnersley-Taylor, J Dyeing and screen printing on textiles. A & C Black, 2011 - Mellor S. & Elffers J. Textile Designs. New edition, Thames & Hudson (2002)
Quinn, B. Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge. Laurence King (2009)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserMs Lindy Richardson
Tel: 0131 221 6129
Course secretaryMrs Gill Lowther
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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