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Undergraduate Course: Textiles 1A : What is textiles? (DESI08122)

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
SummaryWhat is TEXTILES?

This course provides a series of practical workshops and project briefs, to help students understand what textiles is, and what textiles can be. Students will be introduced to this rich discipline through a series of approx. 3-4 projects, problems and challenges, encouraging them to ask questions and seek answers through practical and conceptual exploration of the textiles discipline and associated art and design fields.
Course description This course introduces a range of core competencies and understanding relating to Textiles, which will form a foundation to enable and sustain subsequently more focused and self-directed study in the subject. There is a strong practical focus to all activities.

Projects, classes and specialist workshops will help students experiment with a range of inspiring and unexpected approaches to design, as a means to develop and enrich ideas. Drawing will be developed as a language to convey possibilities and solutions for design projects, in the context of textile design.

Research: Students will be introduced to a range of approaches to gathering relevant visual and textual information, as a means to inform and inspire new ways of thinking, making and drawing. These will be recorded in a variety of formats including sketchbooks, digital and analogue research files, and drawing portfolios. The research will also provide a basis for understanding the larger framework for the students future aspirations as a designer.

Practical workshops: Using drawing in its widest sense, as a means to explore ideas, workshops will encourage individuals and groups to explore and experiment with colour, texture, pattern, materials, image and form through a series of hands-on classes. The understanding and increasingly sophisticated approach and use of materials is an important aspect of textiles and will underpin all practical activities.

By questioning, exploring, discovering and discussing findings through the practical activities and the
focused research, students will be encouraged to begin to make sense of the dual roles of research and practical exploration in the generation of original ideas. They will subsequently be encouraged to reflect and re-consider intentions for further development.

This course will comprise multiple projects, leading to a final, summatively assessed 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 Materials costs which will vary depending on the students individual method of production but could be approximated at 35 for this course.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  16
Course Start Semester 1
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) This is a portfolio submission with all 3 learning outcomes equally weighted.

1) Edited drawing portfolio, minimum 10 drawings
2) Design development samples, minimum 10 samples
3) Sketchbooks demonstrating design thinking and associated research and references. 1 sketchbook (or equivalent) should be submitted for each project within the course
4) Professional presentation of projects in appropriate formats, for example clearly labelled folders for each project.

The drawing portfolio should contain an edited selection of pieces, with all other drawing included as additional design and research development either in the sketchbooks or as a clearly marked supplementary component to the edited drawing portfolio.

All 3 Learning Outcomes are equally weighted.
Feedback Formative Feedback will be provided mid- way through each of the project briefs. This will take the form of individual verbal feedback.

Written formative feedback for the course will take place in week 6. This will be supported by self assessment.
Group presentations and crits to facilitate discussion and feedback with peers and staff, will be integrated within projects.

Summative Feedback will be provided via VLE .
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an inquisitive exploration of a range of approaches to textiles, recorded and presented in an appropriate format.
  2. Explore materials, themes and imagery associated with textiles through practical experimentation.
  3. Communicate an increasingly individual approach to drawing, research, and idea development centered around the discipline of textiles.
Reading List
Cole, D. The Pattern Sourcebook: A Century of Surface Design. Laurence King (2009)
Kettle,A & McKeating, J. Hand stitch perspectives. Bloomsbury (2012)
Kinnersley-Taylor, J Dyeing and screen printing on textiles. A & C Black, 2011 - Mellor S. & Elffers J. Textile Designs. New edition, Thames & Hudson (2002)
Nicol, K Embellished, A & C Black (2012)
Quinn, B. Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design. Laurence King (2013)
Thomas,M. -Mary Thomass dictionary of embroidery stitches, Hodder& Staughton Ltd (1974)
Woolfe, C -The art of manipulating fabric

Additional reading and specific websites associated with each project will be attached to all briefs.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Versatility developing multi-disciplinary approaches to challenges
Thinking making free associations and connections outside the norm
Communication oral, visual and textual communication of research, ideas and resolutions
Course organiserMs Lindy Richardson
Tel: 0131 221 6129
Course secretaryMrs Gill Lowther
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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