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Undergraduate Course: Fashion Design 3A: Fashion Innovation for Industry (DESI10104)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is designed to enhance a fashion students' knowledge of the wider contemporary discipline of fashion, exploring how designers/brands use innovation to reach global markets. Students undertaking the course will be introduced to innovation-led methods of design through knitwear, sustainability, material development, accessories, tailoring and outerwear - all with a clear realistic fashion retail market yet original in concepts, processes and outcomes.
Course description Each design project brief issued on the course is externally facing with a clear focus on increased industry awareness and innovations in fashion design concepts, processes and outcomes.

Students undertaking the course will be introduced to new methods of design through innovation led exploration of knitwear, sustainable material development, accessories and a basic introduction to tailoring and outerwear - all with a focused identified fashion retail market and consumer context. The structure of the course allows students to further investigate their personal research interests and increase their contemporary fashion awareness in order to further understand global markets and trends for fashion.

The course includes weekly pattern cutting and garment technology workshops; developing students' technical skills to an industry recognized professional level.

Students on the course also undertake life-drawing to develop an understanding and 3-D awareness of materials, tailoring, accessories and outerwear worn across a diverse range of body shapes and sizes.

Students develop their presentation skills, presenting all coursework through a professional developing Design Book fashion portfolio of completed project work.

The course is structured as detailed below, covering the following areas:

TAILORING CONSTRUCTION OUTERWEAR Overarching project weeks 1-7 - Formative
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on a Degree Programme in the School of Design
Additional Costs All costs 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 - estimated at £40
Costs of fabrics/yarns for design projects - estimated at £20-30
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesOnly open to Visiting Students admitted direct to the Fashion 3rd year as part of that department's portfolio of existing exchange agreements.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  28
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 77, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 14, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 285 )
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 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 Design Book, 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 design project briefs by exploring personal research and original concepts in depth, demonstrating advanced knowledge of contemporary global fashion contexts.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop and resolve design work through a structured developmental processes, including design sketch, fabric development, silhouette, range planning, pattern cutting, garment technology and prototyping.
  3. Communicate all resolved fashion design work to a professionally accomplished standard through original and highly personal presentation formats.
Reading List
Advanced Fashion Drawing : lifestyle Illustration Bil Donovan: Laurence King, 2010

Fashion Now 2 : i-D Terry Jones & Avril Mair: Taschen, 2008

Knitwear in Fashion Sandy Black: Thames & Hudson, 2002.

Techno Textiles Sarah E Braddock: Thames and Hudson, 1999

Designing Accessories John Lau: AVA Publishing

Fashion Statements: interviews with fashion designers Francesca Alfano Miglietti: Thames & Hudson 2006.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills An ability to be experimental and highly creative through design work and creative cutting.

An ability to express ideas verbally and visually in a confident, professional and engaging way.

Enable students to position their personal practice within the discipline and within the wider marketplace?
KeywordsFashion design,fashion history,fashion research,creative cutting,fashion illustration
Course organiserMs Claire Ferguson
Course secretaryDr Joanna Qiu
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