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Undergraduate Course: Printed Textiles Design: Exploring Dye (LLLA07249)

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
SummaryThis course explores Disperse dye techniques used within the Textiles discipline. You will learn how to mix colour accurately, print using disperse dyes and how to create stencils with disperse papers.
Course description Academic Description: This course introduces students already familiar with the screen printing process, to disperse dye printing with inks and papers, to further develop their skills and knowledge within the textiles discipline. Through demonstrations and practical approaches, students will explore a range of processes and learn how to gather, edit and explore relevant research. Students will be able to combine screen printing skills developed from the Printed Textiles course with these new techniques, developing personal ideas to create more finished samples.

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 Disperse Dyes and Papers
Health and Safety
Demonstrations of processes and techniques.
Colour exploration and colour mixing
Researching and developing concepts and ideas suitable for the disperse dye techniques.
Drawing and sketchbooks.
Developing visual imagery for use on screens if appropriate.
Exploration of scale, line, texture and pattern
Fabric exploration
Developing a personal project and final presentation.

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:

Screens, Disperse Dyes and Papers
Binders to print with
Stencil paper
2 pieces of A3 fabric for printing onto during the first session.

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

Required in week 1:
Initial visual research / inspiration gathered in a folder
Cutting knife / scalpel
Masking tape
Mark making materials i.e. pen, nibs, paint brushes of varying sizes, sponges

Required after week 1:
White paper
Scotch magic tape
Fabric (synthetic only and preferably white or pale colours) in a variety of different weights (fine, sheer and heavy) and finishes (matt and shiny).
Glass jars with lids (approx. 5)
Plastic tubs with lids (approx. 2)
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas (33.3%): Demonstrate a range of working practices and theoretical methods for recording and developing design ideas, informed by primary and secondary sourced references, suitable for Printed Textile designs, supported by relevant contextual references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Show a confident and enquiring use of materials and processes, exploring colour, image and pattern, applied to a range of Printed Textile techniques.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Demonstrate a knowledge and judgment in the selecting and editing of appropriate designs, to produce a collection of fabric samples, ready for use within a contemporary fashion or interior context.
Reading List
Journal and Periodicals:

Fashion: Vogue, Another Magazine, i-D, Dazed and Confused
Interiors: World of Interiors, Elle Decoration

Web Sources:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Independent judgement
Editing and selection
Critical context
Keywordsdisperse,dye,papers,heat press,print,screens,sketchbook,research,colour,textiles,drawing
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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