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Undergraduate Course: Textiles 4B: Materials MAKE (DESI10113)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course enables students to develop and produce a resolved body of work focused towards textiles and/or materials. The project will be driven by personally written brief tailored to the student's specific interests and inquiry. Briefs will be embedded in an understanding of the context for the project through thorough research. Students will be encouraged to analyse research findings in order to plan and continue to refine considered design solutions. The final body of work will be produced to the professional standard appropriate for industry. Students will be supported throughout by academic and technical staff.
Course description

This course will facilitate the development and production of a resolved textiles collection. This may take the form of a traditional collection of textiles samples but is not restricted to fabrics and fibres. Planning, exploration and subsequent analysis for planning towards resolution is key to this course. All activities are supported by regular meetings with staff to support learning and development. These will be in either group or one-to-one tutorial sessions.

INTENTIONS: Students will be tasked with producing a range of illustrated mood-boards and edited research examples to support a clear focus of direction for personal projects. This includes both written and visual material to support intentions.

EXPLORATIONS: Students will be encouraged to engage with relevant technical provision maximising their available resources. Focused planning sessions will encourage effective use of resources and time.

ITERATIONS: Careful evaluation and exploration of research, technical and aesthetic challenges for individual collections will be supported with one-to-one tutorials, to analyse investigations and results in order to streamline and direct plans and activities towards resolutions. All of this will be recorded in an accessible format, e.g. planning books, notebooks, technical files, blogs etc.

CONCLUSIONS: Students will conclude the course in the production of a full collection of resolutions, which should be supported by visualisations of the samples in their defined context.¿

The final resolutions of this course will be formally presented at a professional level as part of the content for Textiles 4 Exposition course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Textiles 3A: Professional settings (DESI10092) AND Textiles 3B : Identifying Textile Directions (DESI10110)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 38, 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 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course has 2 formative assessment points

Formative assessment 1, week 10 semester 1

LO1: edited mood boards, research files, written statements

LO2: Planning books, sketchbooks, technical notebooks, initial materials exploration, development sampling

Formative assessment 2, week 10 semester 2

LO1: edited mood boards, research files, written statements

LO2: Planning books, sketchbooks, technical notebooks, initial materials exploration, development sampling

LO3: Resolved samples/completed prototypes and designs in context

This course has one summative assessment submission, a portfolio of work containing three distinct elements, each explained in more detail below.

Submission 1 relates to LO1. Final mood boards, research files, written statements: comprises 45% of overall course mark.

Submission 2 relates to LO2. Planning books, sketchbooks, technical notebooks, initial materials exploration, and development sampling: comprises 45% of overall course mark

Submission 3 relates to LO3. Resolved samples/completed prototypes, designs in context: comprises 10% of the overall course mark.

The components of assessment may include the following, but are not exclusively limited to them: -

Edited mood boards, contextual research files, streamlined written statement of intentions.

Planning books, sketchbooks, technical notebooks, initial materials exploration, development sampling.

Resolved samples and where appropriate completed prototypes, designs in context presented to a professional standard. Please see guidance above of where these components link to specific learning outcomes.
Feedback Formative Feedback will be provided on a regular basis throughout the course. This will take the form of individual verbal feedback, plus group presentations with staff and peers.

Written formative feedback and grades for the course will take place at the end of semester 1 with individual feedback tutorials. This will support students in planning for semester 2. This will also be supported by self-assessment. Written and verbal formative feedback will also be given towards the end of semester 2. This will support students in planning towards the summative assessment.

Group presentations and crits will facilitate discussion and ongoing formative feedback from peers and staff throughout the course. Summative grades will be provided via VLE.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. IDENTIFY appropriate directions for the development of a personal textiles project, linked to relevant research and embedded in an understanding of appropriate contexts.
  2. DEMONSTRATE planning, practical experimentation and critical analysis of material exploration.
  3. RESOLVE a collection of personal creative solutions in response to textile-related design challenges.
Reading List
Adamson, Glenn: Victoria Kelley. Surface tensions: surface, finish and the meaning of objects, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013

Braddock, Sarah E. Clarke Jane Harris, Digital visions for fashion +textiles: made in code, London: Thames & Hudson, 2012

Kaur, Jasbir: The Textile Book, Berg Publishers, 2002

Quinn, Bradley. Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile design, Laurence King, 2013

Sinclair Rose, Textiles and Fashion: Materials, Design and Technology, Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles, 2014

Thomson Ros, Sustainable Materials, Processes and Production (The Manufacturing Guides), Thames and Hudson, 2013
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Versatility - developing multi-disciplinary approaches to challenges
Thinking - making free associations and connections outside the norm
Communication - oral, visual and textual communication of research, ideas and resolutions
Course organiserMiss Collette Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5812
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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