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Undergraduate Course: Textiles: Introduction to Stitch (LLLA07231)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryExplore the creative potential of mark-making with hand and machine stitch to develop a personal project.
Course description Academic Description: Students will investigate the creative potential of mark-making with needle and thread. Beginning with the exploration of line and how it can be translated into stitch. Experimenting with machine and hand stitch on a variety of traditional and experimental grounds, students will produce a range of samples. Using the idea of the line as a theme, students will be encouraged to build a body of research, enabling then to develop a personal project.

Outline of Content
The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.
Over the class sessions the course will cover:
Introduction to Fine Art Textiles. Mark making through drawing
Mark making with stitch - Exploring Hand sewing
Drawing with the sewing machine
Developing a design / building a sketchbook
Experimental grounds - Exploring surfaces for stitch
Building a surface - couching and other applied techniques
Developing a personal project
Presenting work

The Learning Experience: The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, student progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.

The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment.
In addition to the learning and teaching resources and content, this fee also includes:

Cutting mats / Craft knives
Heat tools
Some basic sewing equipment
Sewing machines
Iron / ironing board

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:

Basic sewing kit
Selection of needles and pins
Fabric Scissors and small embroidery scissors
A quick un pick (seem ripper - small sharp device for unpicking stitching)
Threads for hand and machine embroidery (black, white, gray with one or two colours)
Embroidery hoop - 22cm approx
Some plane white/cream cotton fabrics, muslin, calico, and lawn.
Approx 30cm. fabrics can be recycled, shirts sheeting etc. as required.
Sewing machine needles and bobbins
Basic art design materials
Hard backed sketch book.
Some drawing materials, pencils, charcoal, pastels, inks etc
Glue - Pritt stick, PVA
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  8
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment: A formative assessment session will occur in week 6 or 7 of the taught element of the course. Each student will undertake a 5 minute verbally presentation with their practical work in progress to other members of the class group followed by a 5 minute group critique supported by the course tutor. Each student will also electronically submit their work in progress digital journal to the course tutor.

Indicative and supportive feedback will be summarised in written form on the digital journal which will give an indication of what areas requires to be address in order to meet the published learning outcomes. This will comprise of short written summary of action points.

Summative Assessment: Two weeks after the end of the class teaching, this course will be assessed by the submission of:

A digital journal documenting a summary of the learning journey as evidenced in the portfolio (Indicate time spent: 20 hours)
This will include a summary of idea development, media exploration, contextual research, critical reflection and outcomes through notes, annotation, illustration and photography.

A portfolio of visual art/design works (Indicate time spent: 80 hours)
This will include a selection of resolved design works, sketchbook works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness.

The Digital Journal and Portfolio must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class.

The combined Digital Journal and Portfolio submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted (33.3% each) and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
Feedback Formative Assessment: This will comprise of short written summary of action points of areas requiring addressing to meet the learning outcomes - but no indicative grades will be given.

Summative Assessment: On completion the assessment, each student will receive a % mark for each learning outcome along with written feedback putting in context the % mark and outlines areas for development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas (33.3%): Use a range of research strategies to develop a personal language through the use of the sketchbook or visual journal, which demonstrates an understanding and contextual awareness of the creative potential of stitch.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Demonstrate the basic skills of hand and machine stitch, by producing a range of experimental samples, exploring the qualities unique to mark making with thread and stitch.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Demonstrate an awareness of how to document, edited and select a coherent body of work, which has been underpinned by your research and practice.
Reading List
Suggested Reading:

Oei, L. and De Kegel, C., 2002, Elements of Design, London: Thames and Hudson.
Monem, N., ed., 2008, Contemporary Textiles - fabric of fine art, London: Black Dog Publishing.
Hedley, G. 2010. Drawn To Stitch. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press LLC.
Kovats, Tania. 2005. The Drawing Book. London: Black Dog.
Art Textiles of the World series, Telos Books.
Millar, Lesley, and Astrida Berzina. 2007. Cloth And Culture Now. Canterbury: University for the Creative Arts.
Textural Space. 2001. [Surrey]: Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College, Print.

Journal and periodicals:
Selvage, Crafts Magazine, The Journal of WSD, Embroidery

Web sources:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Show understanding of composition and design
Undertake research
Develop a reflective practice
Project planning and documentation
Editing, selection and presentation of work
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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