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Undergraduate Course: Textiles 2C: Materials and structure (DESI08150)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is focused on investigating materials and techniques towards the exploration of surfaces and structures. The course is comprised of 3 projects bringing together research, practical development and presentation of ideas. As a discipline, textiles increasingly extends beyond fabric and fibre. With practical and theoretical challenges, students will be introduced to a range of materials, processes and techniques associated within and beyond the textiles discipline. Across natural and synthetic fibres and materials, via digital and analogue methods and those that cross both options, students will be encouraged to approach challenges with curiosity and an open mind. Projects will also begin to raise awareness of embedding sustainable thinking into textile and material development.
This course is designed to reinforce learning from core courses Textiles 1A, What is Textiles?, and 1B The practice of textiles in Art & Design, and to extend skills through practical exploration.
Course description This course introduces basic technical competences and challenges assumptions of materials and techniques within the discipline.

Along with traditional skills and approaches, students will be encouraged to consider emerging techniques and unexpected sources to drive new ways of thinking to challenge perceived norms within the discipline. Projects will be informed and framed by contemporary design issues and with reference to human, social, economic and environmental sustainability within the field.

Introduction to key equipment and techniques, both analogue and digital, will be embedded within projects, encouraging individuals to challenge methods and materials through personal exploration. Techniques will be varied and exploratory.

The course will enable the students to:

1. Investigate the competent use of an appropriate range of practical, material and theoretical methods associated within and beyond Textiles. This will be demonstrated through research files, sketchbooks and notebooks.

2. Develop, evaluate and record core theories and applications of the materials, techniques and methods explored within the projects during the course. This will be demonstrated in ways appropriate to the specific project or investigation which may include technical notebooks, sketchbooks, research files, video, blogs.

3. Working to project briefs apply knowledge, skills and understanding effectively in resolved outcomes. This will be demonstrated through the presentation of finished projects.
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 School of Design and ECA students, the course is open on a first come, first served basis until the course is full. It is recommended that students would require a basic competence of textile technique making methods including sketchbook work and drawing, preparation of artwork and colour work, as well as basic photoshop skills. Please consult the Course Organiser if you wish to enrol.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  16
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 33, External Visit Hours 2, 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 153 )
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 5
Project 2 35% assessed at December exam diet
Project 3 35% assessed at December exam diet

Project 1 will be summatively assessed at a mid-semester point Week 5 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 December 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. INVESTIGATE. Gather and respond to practical and theoretical approaches to research in response to set problems, questions and design challenges.
  2. APPLY an inventive approach to materials and technology challenging the practical use of materials and technique to develop design ideas.
  3. COMMUNICATE . Use a variety of appropriate methods to realise and present design ideas professionally
Reading List
Digital Textile Design, Bowles, M. & Isaac, C., Laurence King, 2012.

Dyeing and Screen Printing on Textiles, Kinnersley-Taylor, J., A & C Black
Publishing, 2011.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we Make Things, Braugart, M., Vintage, 2009.

Textiles and Fashion: Materials, Design and Technology, Sinclair, R., Woodhead Publishing, 2014.

Sustainable Materials, Processes and Production, Thomas, R., Thames and Hudson, 2003.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry - Understanding of a range of techniques applicable to the development of materials and structures for textiles.

Personal Effectiveness - individually challenge methods and materials through personal exploration and evaluation.

Communication - Presentation of hand skills associated with textile design.
Course organiserMiss Collette Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5812
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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