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Undergraduate Course: Fashion Design 1A: The Fundamentals of Fashion (DESI08072)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces the key research, design and practical methods required to become a fashion designer. Experimental design thinking, knowledge of contemporary and historical fashion movements, new approaches to fashion sketching, illustration, accessory design and creative cutting methods are explored and developed through a set of dynamic design project briefs.
Course description The course introduces fashion students to the key essential research, design and practical methods that will underpin their studies in fashion design, through a series of 3-4 dynamic fashion design projects, each concluding with formative written and verbal feedback and formative grading until the final submission at the end of the course.

The course allows for independent, inquisitive and experimental approaches to fashion design that allow students to begin developing their own personal design identity. The course is unique in encouraging students to develop confidence in creative pattern cutting as a core aspect of their design process. Student will learn how to design and create garments and accessories using 3d experimental practical methods.

The course covers an essential introduction to:

Personal research methods for fashion design.
Basic fashion Illustration, sketch and presentation methods.
Creative and experimental cutting methods on the stand.
Basic sewing and garment construction methods through group workshops.
Basic fabric qualities and application methods.
Colour application for fashion design
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 is open on a first come, first served basis until the course is full. This course may have limited availability for non-Design students. Please contact the Course Organiser if you wish to enrol.
Additional Costs All costs are approximate:

Basic costs of paper/sketchbooks/drawing materials estimated at £30 per course
Basic one off Cost for Rulers/Scissors (these last throughout the full programme) - £30
Basic costs of Calico fabrics for experimental prototyping estimated at £40
Costs of Printing for presentation submission - estimated at £40
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  9
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 24, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 14, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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, 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 fashion design projects which 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 principal component of assessment is the DesignBook, which showcases all completed design projects on the course. 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. Respond to fashion design project briefs by generating a visual research investigation into a variety of personally selected research themes, documented in a clear and professional format.
  2. Generate an experimental fashion design response to personally selected research themes through an inquisitive and sustained design approach.
  3. Select, refine and edit design work towards a resolved conclusion, expressed in a professional presentation format.
Reading List
Fashion (Oxford History of Art). Christopher Breward. OUP Oxford
Fashion Illustration by Fashion Designers. Laird Borrelli. Thames & Hudson
Pattern Magic. Nakamichi Tomoko. Laurence King
Basics Fashion Design 09: Designing Accessories: Exploring the design and construction of bags, shoes, hats and jewellery. John Lau. AVA Publishing
Minimalism and Fashion: Reduction in the Postmodern Era. Elyssa Dimant. Harpers Design
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Proficient abilities in time keeping, project management and general organization and planning skills.
Awareness of contemporary and historical fashion design.
An ability to work through fashion research and design process in a coherent and structured manner.
An ability to generate personal research themes responding to set project briefs.
Demonstration of strong personal drawing and visual presentation aesthetics.
KeywordsFashion design,fashion history,fashion research,creative cutting,fashion illustration
Course organiserMrs Lyndsey McClymont
Tel: (0131 6)51 5813
Course secretaryDr Joanna Qiu
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