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Undergraduate Course: Textiles and Print, Tools of the Trade (DESI08123)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryTextiles is one of the most ancient of crafts practiced with a broad range of applications and in increasingly diverse contexts. Textiles and print straddles an ever increasing number of departments and schools not only in ECA but within the wider University community. This course provides students with a practical introduction to textiles workshops and facilities at Edinburgh College of Art through hands-on activities in the print room, digital suite and dye labs. This applied understanding should act as a springboard for new and increasingly personal approaches to textiles techniques and procedures, encouraging collaboration and cross disciplinarity.
Course description The course will introduce students to the potential of print and dyes through hands on workshop activities within the print room and dye labs at ECA. These will include preparing artwork and screens for silk screen printing, printing onto a range of substrates with a variety of media, and using synthetic dyestuffs and associated techniques to colour materials. Students will be instructed in the safe use of the facilities and will be supported in exploring the possibilities of basic textiles techniques. Building these experiences on a weekly basis, students will begin to apply these specialist approaches to their own individual design practice, making connections within the textiles discipline and beyond. All of the processes and experimentation will be logged in individual technical files. The combination of technical and academic input to underpin the practical activities enrich the experience and output. Themes and appropriate personal research will be developed throughout the course in discussion with staff.

Aims of course:
To introduce processes, techniques and specialist media associated with textiles.
To provide each student with the technical knowledge and confidence to develop these techniques beyond the basics.
To encourage individuals to produce a personal document recording processes and results of all workshops, as a resource for future reference and development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to ALL STUDENTS and enrolments are managed on a first come first served basis until the course is full. The course will be open to enrolments from Wednesday 11th September at 11.00 am. Please sign up for the course through your own School (they will advise if this is done via your PT, SSO or Teaching Office). We do not currently keep a waiting list.
Additional Costs Yes, list of basic materials required 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.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the tools and processes associated with printed textiles through practical engagement with the course.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills of basic textile practices in print, with a creative and personal approach, exploring the potential of techniques introduced within the course.
  3. Consolidate your findings as a personal resource, appropriate for further development in the future.
Reading List
Bowles, M. & Isaac, C. Digital Textile Design, Laurence King (2012)
Briggs-Goode, A. Printed Textile Design , Laurence King (2013)
Clarke, S. Print: fashion, interiors, art Laurence King (2014)
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)
Quinn, B. Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design. Laurence King (2013)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsTextiles,print,silk screen,colour,dyes,workshops
Course organiser Gemma Brown
Course secretaryMs Georgia Dodsworth
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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