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Undergraduate Course: Textiles 3B : Identifying Textile Directions (DESI10110)

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 streamlines the student's personal vision for textile design, placing design ideas in specific contexts. Students will explore a variety of modes of working which may include groups, pairs and individual formats. Students are encouraged to identify personal directions for their ambitions, both creatively and through materials. Through a suite of projects students will explore developing solutions to design challenges as members of collaborative teams, collective groups and individual personally set briefs. This course helps students prepare for working as part of a design team.

Students conclude the course with the creation of a personal portfolio of projects that respond to a variety of briefs, which are required to be professionally presented, identifying personal skills and strengths.
Course description The course is comprised of a series of 4 projects which are brought together in a final body of work summing up personal strengths in a format appropriate to the expectations of the discipline.

The palette of projects has close alignment with current and emergent issues in textiles and related fields. The projects provoke analysis of technique and processes, and the questioning and challenging of industry, established practice and the cultural, social, environmental and economic impacts of these.

A range of contexts for design work will be explored across the projects, with keen consideration given towards the impact that the outcomes will have. Collaborative and individual approaches will be applied.

Research is key in this course, to support contextual understanding, material choices and applications, process, design direction and resolutions.

Live industry links, research connections and relevant competition briefs will also be utilised where possible to ensure relevancy and currency of projects tackled.

All projects will seek to ensure the development of personal working methods and encourage the growth and elevation of technical skills, analytical skills, design and resolution skills. A variety of presentation methods, appliable to the specific briefs will be required. Students are actively encouraged to be informed and selective in the formats they choose to create for their project outputs and to address this in each unique project brief. This provides students with experience of applying adaptability towards the creative breadth of professional practice.

Projects will become increasingly personal and allow the student to ensure that their personal design style, interests and drivers become fully embedded by the conclusion of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the Textiles Degree Programme in the School of Design.
Additional Costs The costs will be dependent on individual student choices and activities. All materials costs for textiles print pastes, screens and associated costs are available in the printroom. Costs for laser cutting, 3D printing, digital printing and other relevant technology within the design school are clearly communicated to the students on induction to the various machines.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  14
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 72, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 296 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course has 4 assessment components:

- Project 1, 30%, Week 4
- Projects 2, 3 and 4, 70% in total, 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, equally weighted.

Projects 2, 3 and 4 will be summatively assessed in the May Exam Diet. Students are required to submit all three components. The two highest scoring projects will account for 70% of the summative assessment, with each of the two highest graded projects accounting for 35%. All projects will be assessed against all 3 Learning Outcome, equally weighted.
Feedback Formative Feedback

Formative reviews will take place at the end of Projects 2, 3 and 4. 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 Projects 3 and 4 and will be supported with student review.

Feedback will be provided throughout all 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 the appropriate use of relevant research and technical skills and knowledge, to develop viable and coherent solutions to design projects
  2. Realise personal intentions through themed projects to achieve appropriate resolutions for targeted Textiles audiences and contexts
  3. Communicate solutions visually, verbally and in writing, in a professional and appropriate format
Reading List
Clarke, S., Textile Design (Portfolio), Laurence King (2011)

Kettle,A., Felcey, H. & Ravetz, A. Collaboration Through Craft, Bloomsbury Academic (2013)

Mancini, E. & Coad, R., Design, When Everybody Designs: An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation (2015)

Patternity, PATTERNITY: A New Way Of Seeing: The Inspirational Power Of Pattern, Conran (2015)

Quinn, B. Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design. Laurence King (2013)

Additional reading and specific websites associated with each project will be attached to all briefs
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Enquiry - Ability to identify and employ textiles research and analysis effectively.

Intellectual Autonomy ¿ Appropriate application of critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills that are effectively contextualised within the field.

Communication - Confidently demonstrate arguments and decisions with sensitivity and sound reasoning for approaches, processes and outcomes.
Course organiserMs Nicola Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)51 5152
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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