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Undergraduate Course: Textiles 2C: Materials and structure (DESI08150)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is focused on investigating materials and techniques towards the exploration of surfaces and structures. The course is comprised of 3 projects bringing together research, practical development and presentation of ideas. As a discipline, textiles increasingly extends beyond fabric and fibre. With practical and theoretical challenges, students will be introduced to a range of materials, processes and techniques associated within and beyond the textiles discipline. Across natural and synthetic fibres and materials, via digital and analogue methods and those that cross both options, students will be encouraged to approach challenges with curiosity and an open mind. Projects will also begin to raise awareness of embedding sustainable thinking into textile and material development.
This course is designed to reinforce learning from core courses Textiles 1A, What is Textiles?, and 1B The practice of textiles in Art & Design, and to extend skills through practical exploration.
Course description This course introduces basic technical competences and challenges assumptions of materials and techniques within the discipline.¿

Along with traditional skills and approaches, students will be encouraged to consider emerging technologies and unexpected sources to drive new ways of thinking to challenge perceived norms within the discipline. With an increasing awareness of social agendas and the ways we live and use resources, projects explore basic materials and environmentally informed processes to direct themes, for example balancing health and wellbeing with aesthetics within the design process.¿¿
Introduction to key equipment and techniques, both analogue and digital, will be embedded within projects, encouraging individuals to challenge methods and materials through personal exploration.
Techniques will be varied and exploratory.

The course will enable the students to:-
1. Investigate the competent use of an appropriate range of practical, material and theoretical methods associated within and beyond Textiles. This will be demonstrated through research files, sketchbooks and notebooks.
2. Develop, evaluate and record core theories and applications of the materials, techniques and methods explored within the projects during the course. This will be demonstrated in ways appropriate to the specific project or investigation which may include :-technical notebooks, sketchbooks, research files, video, blogs.
3. Working to project briefs apply knowledge, skills and understanding effectively in resolved outcomes. This will be demonstrated through the presentation of finished projects.
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 automatically be enrolled. For all other School of Design and ECA students, the course is open on a first come, first served basis until the course is full. It is recommended that students would require a basic competence of textile technique making methods including sketchbook work and drawing, preparation of artwork and colour work, as well as basic photoshop skills. Please consult the Course Organiser if you wish to enrol.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  17
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 33, External Visit Hours 2, 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 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided throughout the course with written feedback provided during each project included in the course.
Formative feedback and Assessment:
Group presentations and crits will provide regular feedback from peers and staff. Students will be expected to complete a written record of formative feedback sessions in line with deadlines connected to each of the projects.
More formal formative feedback on each project will be given in response to the project deadlines
Summative Feedback and Assessment:
Each student will be given written feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. INVESTIGATE. Gather and respond to practical and theoretical approaches to research in response to set problems, questions and design challenges.
  2. APPLY an inventive approach to materials and technology challenging the practical use of materials and technique to develop design ideas.
  3. COMMUNICATE . Use a variety of appropriate methods to realise and present design ideas professionally
Reading List
Bowles, M. & Isaac, C. Digital Textile Design, Laurence King (2012)
Kinnersley-Taylor, J Dyeing and screen printing on textiles. A & C Black, 2011
Braugart, Michale. Cradle to cradle, remaking the way we make things, Vintage 2009
Thomas, Rob. Sustainable materials, processes and production (the manufacturing guides) Thames and Hudson, 2003
Rose Sinclair. Textiles and Fashion: Materials, Design and Technology .Woodhead Publishing , 2014
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Enquiry
Personal Effectiveness
Hand skills associated with textile design
Understanding of a range of digital technology applicable to the development of materials and structures for textiles
Course organiserMrs Natalie Adamson-Wain
Course secretaryMr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926
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