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Undergraduate Course: Textiles 3B : Identifying Textile Directions (DESI10110)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course streamlines the student's personal vision for textile design, placing design ideas in specific contexts. Students will explore a variety of modes of working which may include groups, pairs and individual formats. Students are encouraged to identify personal directions for their ambitions, both creatively and through materials. Through a suite of projects students will explore developing solutions to design challenges as members of collaborative teams, collective groups and individual personally set briefs. This course helps students prepare for working as part of a design team. The final project facilitates identifying personal skills and strengths, plus collation of practical and visual examples in the production of a document appropriate for application to internships and other relevant opportunities.
Course description The course comprises of 2 main projects which are brought together in a final body of work summing up personal strengths in a format appropriate to the expectations of industry. Project 1 supports the individual student in both collaborative and collective methods of working with others to produce a collection which will be presented as a group in an appropriate context. Project 2 builds on personal strengths encouraging each student to find more focused personal working method and personally specified themes. The final project is specifically designed to bring projects together and encourage students to identify personal strengths in a final document which may be used for application to student internships or equivalent professional experience.

Project 1:

Collection in context project. This is an extended project enabling the students to collaborate with other team members in the creation of a professional collection applied and presented in a relevant context.

Project 2:

Personal vision practical project. This is a self-generated brief to help focus the student's personal interests within the textiles discipline. Materials will be explored on a practical level to strengthen and extend the understanding of their full potential. All of this will be directed to a context specified by the individual student.

Project 3:

Personal promotion CV and book(let). This project is an important aspect of the course bringing together the full portfolio and celebrating the strengths and achievements as a designer within a visual document. This can take the form of a digital and/or analogue pamphlet/booklet/magazine.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the Textiles Degree Programme in the School of Design.
Additional Costs The costs will be dependent on individual student choices and activities. All materials costs for textiles print pastes, screens and associated costs are available in the printroom. Costs for laser cutting, 3D printing, digital printing and other relevant technology within the design school are clearly communicated to the students on induction to the various machines.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  14
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 72, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 296 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative assessment will take place at the end of projects 1 and 2

Project 1:

Visual research, contextual research, materials exploration, resolution applied in context

Project 2:

Visual research, contextual research , materials exploration, resolution applied in context

These may be developed for final summative assessment.

There are 3 summatively assessed portfolio submissions for this course. Submissions 1 and 2 each comprise 40% of the overall course mark; submission 3 comprises 20% of the overall course mark. A combined overall pass must be achieved.

Project 1:

Visual research, contextual research, materials exploration, resolution applied in context, LOs 1, 2 and 3

Project 2:

Visual research, contextual research, materials exploration, resolution applied in context, LOs1, 2 and 3

Project 3:

Digital and analogue personal promotion package. LO3

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

All 3 Learning Outcomes are assessed, and are equally weighted, in all formative and summative assessment submissions on this course.
Feedback Formative Feedback will be provided mid- way through each of the project briefs. This will take the form of individual verbal feedback.
Formal formative feedback will be provided at the end of projects 1 and 2 with written and verbal feedback, graded against all 3 learning outcomes.
Group presentations and crits will facilitate discussion and ongoing formative feedback with peers and staff throughout the course, and will be integrated within projects.

Summative Feedback will be provided in writing via Learn VLE subsequently supported by tutorials for discussion of feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. DEMONSTRATE the appropriate use of relevant research and technical skills and knowledge, to develop viable and coherent solutions to design projects
  2. REALISE personal intentions through themed projects to achieve appropriate resolutions for targeted Textiles audiences and contexts
  3. COMMUNICATE solutions visually, verbally and in writing, in a professional and appropriate format
Reading List
Clarke, S., Textile Design (Portfolio), Laurence King (2011)

Kettle,A., Felcey, H. & Ravetz, A. Collaboration Through Craft, Bloomsbury Academic (2013)

Mancini, E. & Coad, R., Design, When Everybody Designs: An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation (2015)

Patternity, PATTERNITY: A New Way Of Seeing: The Inspirational Power Of Pattern, Conran (2015)

Quinn, B. Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design. Laurence King (2013)

Additional reading and specific websites associated with each project will be attached to all briefs
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to research in a focused manner
Apply creative problem solving to design problems
Demonstrate decision making and editing
Communication skills, visual and verbal
Course organiserMs Nicola Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)51 5152
Course secretaryMr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926
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