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Undergraduate Course: Textiles 1B: The role of Textiles in Art and Design (DESI08121)

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 is designed to reinforce core research skills and extend these through their practical application to Textile design Briefs. Through projects and design challenges, the activities build confidence in understanding the possibilities for textiles as a creative discipline and begin to address how and where textiles can be applied.
Course description This course is built to provide a directed grounding of studies to art and design students interested in textiles and materials. The course consists of a series of 3 project briefs, to help students challenge their understanding of textiles in contemporary society, and to begin to explore what textiles can be, and how the discipline relates to other design fields. Content for these briefs may include themes related to the body, the environment and the culture we live in. Contexts may include fashion, interiors and product. Through developing questions, exploration, discoveries and discussion, students will begin to apply their understanding of practical and critical theory around the subject in projects, culminating in resolved prototypes, products and conclusions.

Students will be set textiles project briefs, and be challenged to explore connections between gathered research, drawing and personal investigation with materials. This will enable students to drill deeper into the research. Students will be encouraged to employ their understanding of textiles to help inform resolutions, developing skills and understanding within the parameters of the briefs. They will subsequently be asked to reflect and re-consider intentions for further development and resolution of ideas towards informed proposals, answering the expectations of the project briefs with an increasingly personal handwriting.

Throughout the course, students will work supported by tutorials, group crits and discussion and through various methods to share with and respond to the work of their peers.

This course will comprise multiple projects, each one being summatively assessed separately.
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 Art materials and equipment lists will be supplied in advance; Materials costs which will vary depending on the students individual method of production but could be approximated at £35 for this course.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  17
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 36, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course has 3 assessment components.

These components are comprised of 3 projects which are delivered consecutively.

Project 1 30% assessed in Week 4
Project 2 35% assessed at May exam diet
Project 3 35% assessed at May exam diet

Project 1 will be summatively assessed at a mid-semester point Week 4 and will require the student to demonstrate research and development of ideas and sampling towards the given brief with proposition of a final outcome. This assessment will make up 30% of the Summative total for the course and will be assessed against all 3 Learning Outcomes.

Projects 2 and 3 will be assessed at the May diet summative assessment point and will account for 70% of the summative assessment, with each project accounting for 35% each and with each Learning Outcome equally weighted.

These projects will require responses to the further 2 project briefs, with each project submission addressing all Learning Outcomes through:

· Sketchbooks
· Drawing exploration
· Textile/material exploration, sampling and resolved pieces
· Technical notebook
· Supporting boards and Research

When learning the professional skills to address the range of projects briefs, students may be asked to submit additional design documentation in alternative formats to respond appropriately to a specific requirement of a project brief.
Feedback Formative Feedback

Formative reviews will take place at the end of Project 2 and Project 3. Students will be given the opportunity to develop and complete each project before summative assessment.

Written or Video (audio-visual recording) formative feedback will be provided at the end of Project 2. This will be supported by student self-assessment. Verbal feedback will support the formative review of Project 3 and will be supported with student review.

Feedback will be provided throughout project delivery. This will take the form of individual verbal feedback and through group presentations facilitating discussion and additional feedforward points.

Summative Feedback

Individual written feedback and grades will be provided via Learn VLE as per university regulations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate appropriate creative responses and focused research in response to the textile project briefs.
  2. Apply critical judgement through personal investigation, focusing relevant textile and creative exploration towards resolutions for tasks and projects.
  3. Communicate textile processes and outcomes in a personal and professional format appropriate to the project briefs.
Reading List
Briggs-Goode, A. Printed Textile Design , Laurence King (2013)
Cole, D. The Pattern Sourcebook: A Century of Surface Design. Laurence King (2009)
Kinnersley-Taylor, J Dyeing and screen printing on textiles. A & C Black, 2011 - Mellor S. & Elffers J. Textile Designs. New edition, Thames & Hudson (2002)
Quinn, B. Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge. Laurence King (2009)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry - Competency in research and development methods for design.

Personal and intellectual autonomy through application of skills and understanding - Versatility and critical evaluation of material choices and technique handling associated with the discipline of textiles.

Communication - Visual communication of research, design process and resolved outcomes.
Course organiserMs Nicola Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)51 5152
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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