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Undergraduate Course: Fashion Design 2A: The Architects of the Body (DESI08070)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryStudents are asked to respond to a series of fashion design briefs exploring methods of experimental creative cutting whilst also integrating and applying the fundamentals of classic garment design and construction. Students will develop key pattern making skills for a range of garment styles and gain knowledge of prototyping and garment assembly, responding to visual research through 3D pattern manipulation and acquiring skills to translate pattern shapes into garment design. Knowledge of the intrinsic architecture of garment design and technology is placed at the forefront of research and practice methods within this course.
Course description Through the undertaking of a series of fashion project briefs exploring the architecture of fashion for the body, this course allows students to build on their existing fashion design skillsets whilst providing essential training in traditional methods of technical garment pattern cutting, prototyping and final construction. This fundamental knowledge of the architecture of clothing design is critical to all project development on the Programme.

Students undertaking the course will develop personal research skills, contextual fashion awareness, design development methods, fashion communication methods through portfolio building and illustration, range planning, material sourcing, colour application and fashion silhouette.

Through weekly workshops, demonstrations, and tutor guidance, students undertaking this course develop essential skills in creative pattern making and garment assembly, responding to their visual research and design ideas developed within their design briefs. Projects at this level explore creative adaptations of traditional pattern blocks and classic pattern cutting and design methods. Symbiotically, they are introduced to key presentation methods using CAD to create technical working drawings.

Using creative and experimental design methods, the course also allows students to explore sizing diversity for the fashion industries by designing garments without the perceived limitations of body size adaptable and multi-functional. As such students will begin to consider social and ethical issues relating to fashion design and fashion communication.

The Fashion industries require graduating student collections to achieve a level of garment production equal to standards evidenced in high end ready to wear and couture fashion markets, and this course enables students to learn fundamental garment manufacturing techniques in order to achieve this.

The key areas to be covered in pattern cutting and garment technology include:

Pattern block drafting, adaptation & development
Dart manipulation
Sleeve insertion & styling
Necklines & facings
Fabric properties and applications to garment design.
Dress pattern development
Basic and advanced shirt drafting and construction
Introduction to fit, flare and prototype garment assembly techniques.
Garment technology manufacture methods: basic seaming, sewing and finishing techniques.
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 students, including Design students, the course may have limited availability. Please contact the Course Organiser if you wish to enrol.
Additional Costs Cost below are approximate.
Basic costs of paper/sketchbooks/drawing materials estimated at £30 per course
Basic costs of Calico fabrics for experimental prototyping estimated at £40
Costs of Printing for presentation submission - estimates at £40
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 50, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 28, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 14, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 278 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1: A clearly presented body of a breadth of self-initiated research this must include personal visual research, contemporary and historical fashion analysis, colour and material research. This must be presented in clearly labelled professional research files weighting of 20%

2: Submission of one or more Design Journals (sketchbook) and sampling files clearly documenting the developing research, design development, material sampling and evidence of experimental creative cutting. weighting of 20%

3: Submission of a folio of pattern cutting exercises, development paper patterns, and completed prototypes of basic blocks. weighting of 20%

4: A submitted full body of design projects completed throughout the course presented clearly and professionally in a DesignBook format. Completed garment prototypes and final garments (where required) with accompanying CAD technical drawings will also be assessed under this category. weighting of 40 %

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

Assessment element 1 is used to assess Learning Outcome 1
Assessment element 2 is used to assess Learning Outcome 2
Assessment element 3 is used to assess Learning Outcome 3
Assessment element 4 is used to assess Learning Outcome 4

Feedback Formative verbal feedback will be given weekly on project work presented at one to one tutorials. This work may be evidenced through research files, pattern cutting, garment prototyping and design journals depending on the stage of the project as stipulated by the brief.

Formative verbal and written feedback and grading is issued at the culmination of specific design project briefs that form the full course. This will normally comprise of an 8-10 page creative visual presentation outlining personal research themes, season and contexts for the work, colour direction, edited & selected design process (taken from the Design Journal), final fabrics and a fully illustrated design conclusion. Completed garments or prototypes (where required) will also be assessed under this category when required by the project brief.
Summative assessment constitutes a total submission of the work completed throughout the course, with comprehensive written feedback and grading issued. The components of assessment are a developing prototyped DesignBook, which showcases all completed design projects on the course. A folio of pattern cutting exercises, completed prototypes of basic blocks and self-generated design prototypes, sampled construction techniques and CAD technical drawings. This will also include professionally finished garments and all supporting work.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Initiate a personal and in-depth approach to exploring original research themes for fashion, expressed through clear and professional formats.
  2. Explore experimental fashion design responses to research concepts through a combination of fashion sketch, photography, annotation and creative pattern cutting experimentation.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding and application of pattern cutting principals, garment technology skills, and all related terminologies.
  4. Resolve and present all design work and final garments to a creative, personal and professionally presented standard.
Reading List
Fashion illustration by fashion designers. Laird Borrelli. Thames & Hudson, 2008
Skin and Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture. Hodge, Brooke. London: Thames & Hudson, 2006
Pattern Magic. Nakamichi Tomoko. Laurence King
Pattern Magic 2. Tomoko Nakamichi. Laurence King
Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations: Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton. Yale University Press
Pattern Cutting. Dennic Chanman Lo. Laurence King
Pattern Drafting for Fashion The Basics. Teresa Gilewska. A&C Black
Pattern Magic. Tomoko Nakamichi. Laurence King
Pattern Magic 2 Tomoko Nakamichi. Laurence King
Shirtmaking David Page Coffin. Taunton
Pattern Cutting the Architecture of Fashion Pat Parish. Fairchild Books
Technical Drawing for Fashion Basia Szkutnicka . Laurence King

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Proficient abilities in time keeping, project management and organization skills.
An ability to be experimental and to reflect on personal practice, making independent decisions on developing work forward in response to teaching guidance.
Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary and historical fashion design.
Demonstrate strong and individual drawing and visual presentation skills.
KeywordsFashion design,creative cutting,fashion illustration,range planning,pattern cutting
Course organiserMs Emma Clifton
Course secretaryDr Joanna Qiu
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