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Undergraduate Course: Textiles: 3D Forms (LLLA07235)

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
SummaryExplore and experiment with a range of 3D textile techniques to create a personal creative outcome.
Course description Academic Description: This course will explore a range of 3D textile techniques. Working with a range of materials from traditional fabrics to plastic, paper and every day, found and recycled materials. Develop a body of personal research to support their creative development. Students will be encouraged to experiment with a range of textile techniques to build, coil, knit, bind and construct a series of 3D works.

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. Textiles in contemporary art.
Methods of construction - coiling, knotting, wrapping, knitting and crochet
Exploring materials - fabrics, paper, plastic, found and recycled objects.
Developing an idea / researching a project
Building a sketchbook
Developing a personal project
Presentation and preparation for assessments

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:

Cutting mats / Craft knives
Heat tools
Some basic sewing equipment
Sewing machines
Iron / ironing board

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

Basic Sewing Kit - should include:
Selection of needles (embroidery / general selection) and pins
Fabric Scissors and small embroidery scissors
Selection of Fabrics / Recycled / every day materials, - strings / garden twine, window cord, plastic bags, recycled materials/new papers, old textiles, fishing line etc.

Art and Design Kit - basic kit should include:
Hard backed sketch book
Some drawing materials, pencils, charcoal, pastels, inks,
Scissors / craft knife
Glue - Pritt stick, PVA

The following materials may be useful later in the course:

Selection of sewing machine needles and bobbins
Unusual material and hard wear: eg. Cable ties, garden twine, wire, fishing line, inexpensive multiples.
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%): Develop a sketchbook/visual journal which demonstrates an inquiring work ethic and range of personal strategies for recording and developing visual ideas and concepts, supported by contextual references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Demonstrate a range of experimental 3d samples that show a resourcefulness and inventiveness in the use of materials and processes, creating a range of focused and coherent samples demonstrating a distinctive personal vision.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Demonstrate an independent judgment in documenting, selecting and editing to present a coherent range of samples and finished works, evidenced through the supporting research.
Reading List
Suggested Reading:

Oei, L. and De Kegel, C., 2002,Elements of Design., London: Thames and Hudson.
Monem, N., ed., 2008, Contemporary Textiles - fabric of fine art, London: Black Dog Publishing.
Art Textiles of the World series, Telos Books.
Millar, L. and Astrida B. 2007. Cloth And Culture Now. Canterbury: University for the Creative Arts.
Textural Space. 2001. [Surrey]: Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College. Print.
Rossbach, Ed et al. 1990. Ed Rossbach. Asheville, N.C.: Lark Books.
Constantine, M. and Jack L. L. 1986. Beyond Craft. Tokyo: Kodansha International.

Journal and periodicals:
Selvage, Crafts Magazine, The Journal of WSD, Embroidery

Web sources:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Show understanding of composition and design.
Undertake research.
Develop a reflective practice.
Project planning and documentation.
Editing, selection and presentation of work.
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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