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Undergraduate Course: Fashion; drawing and research (LLLA07195)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryResearch, create and document a personal fashion project through a series of drawing and textile workshops.
Course description Academic Description:
This course introduces students to a hands on approach to research for fashion design. Ideas will be explored and developed in a series of workshops and practical textile exercise. Using a range of visual approaches student will be encourage to build a body of Primary and Secondary research to developed their idea, before going on to explore a series of textile techniques appropriate for fashion. Students will develop personal project inspired by their research.

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 research for fashion
Exploring fashion through drawing.
Working with collage/mixed media
Developing a theme/project
Looking at colour and texture in textiles
Sampling. Exploring textile techniques for fashion
Presenting your ideas/creating a mood board

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
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 rang of working practices and strategies for recording and developing a visual journal or sketchbook, which explore themes and inspirations to develop personal design projects, supported by contextual research and references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Demonstrate an awareness for a range of fabrics, through exploring a series of textile techniques appropriate for fashion, producing a range of samples in response to your research journal/sketchbooks.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Demonstrate an appropriate judgment in the selecting and editing of research and resolved pieces, employing the use of mood boards and samples to present a coherent body of work.
Learning Resources
Suggested Reading
Fukai, A. 2002. Fashion: the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute: a history from the 18th to the 20th century, London: Taschen
Black, S. 2006. Fashioning Fabrics, Contemporary Textiles in Fashion. Black Dog Publishing.
Davis, H. 2013. Fashion Designers Sketchbooks Two. Laurence King Publishing.
Blackman, C. 2007. 100 Years of Fashion Illustration. Laurance King Publishing.
Nicol, K. Embellish, New Vintage. A & C Black.
Legrand, C. 2008. Textiles - A World Tour. Thames & Hudson.
Leach, R. 2009. Fashion Resource Book. Thames& Hudson

Journal and periodicals
Vogue, Embroidery

Web sources
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Show understanding of creative process
Undertake research
Develop a reflective practice
Project planning and documentation
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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