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Undergraduate Course: Printed Textiles Design: Basic Techniques (LLLA07250)

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 introduces you to the basic technical skills necessary to design and print concepts suitable for furnishing or fashion fabric.
Course description Academic Description: This course introduces students to basic printed textiles techniques. Through demonstrations and workshops students explore a range of techniques connected to the screen-printing process. Students learn how to gather, edit and explore relevant research. Drawings are then developed, and students have the opportunity to carry forward personal ideas and concepts, which can then be developed into finished designs in the form of hand printed 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 Printed textiles
Health and Safety
Demonstrations of processes and techniques.
Researching and developing concepts and ideas suitable for print.
Drawing and sketchbooks.
Developing visual imagery for use on screens.
Exploration of scale, line, texture and pattern
Colour exploration
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:

Pigments and binders
Stencil paper
2 A3 pieces of fabric to print 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

Required after week 1:
White paper
Black mark making materials, i.e. pen, ink, paint, nibs, sponges
Scotch magic tape
Fabric (This should be preferably white/cream or pale colours only)
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%): Use a range of strategies for recording and developing design ideas, informed by primary and secondary sourced references, suitable for Printed Textile designs and supported by relevant contextual references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Demonstrate a knowledge and appropriate use of colour, image and pattern applied to a range of Printed Textile techniques and processes.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Demonstrate an awareness of how to document, select and edit a series of printed textile designs and collection of fabric samples for presentation.
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
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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