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Undergraduate Course: Fashion Design 4a: Graduate Collection - Research and Design (DESI10136)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course delivers a structured framework of project briefs allowing students to undertake an advanced, in-depth and personal research and design investigation for their graduate fashion collection. Each stage is designed to build and strengthen collection development, culminating in the illustrated visual proposal of a Graduate Collection consisting of a six outfit range, and the submission of full length photographic images of completed design work on a model.

*please note; this course covers the research and design proposals only. The course 4B: Graduate Collection: Garment Technology-Prototype and Manufacture encompasses the final prototyping and completion of all fashion collection garments. The course 4C: Design Book-Professional Positioning for Industry allows students to collate and edit key work from 4A and 4B towards the production of a professional fashion portfolio.
Course description This course will allow you to identify and explore a range of personal and advanced research concepts to underpin the design of your Graduate Collection. You will be encouraged to undertake creative and innovation-led approaches to the design of womenswear, menswear, mixed collections, accessory-led design, knitwear, and surface-led design. The course supports you to develop extensive approaches to material sourcing, surface development and experimental garment pattern cutting and prototyping. You will also be encouraged to recognise, address and embed critical contemporary issues into your work, including diversity, well-being, ethics and sustainability.

The course will issue a series of design briefs providing you with a structural and highly supportive route towards the proposal and completion of your Graduate Collection.

In Semester 1 you will initiate and explore a range of personal research concepts, undertaking material sourcing and development, colour planning, initial sampling and experimental prototyping methods to apply to your Graduate Collection design. You will identify clear seasonal and real world contexts for your collection, seeking to address current demands and markets within the fashion industry. You will also be required to undertake analysis of both historical and contemporary aesthetics in fashion design connected to your personal research interests.

You will initiate external connections for sponsorship and appropriate collaborative opportunities, with support for collection planning, time management and budgeting. Crucially, this 'incubus' semester allows time for you to break new ground in your fashion design work and to propose the first clear iteration of your Graduate Collection for formative feedback. Visual design propositions will be presented alongside prototypes completed in the course, Graduate Collection 4B: Garment Technology - Prototype and Manufacture.

In Semester 2 you will consolidate and refine your ongoing investigation towards the submission of a completed annotated and illustrated collection design proposal alongside accompanying design journals, research files and material development samples. You will also submit simple full length images of your final outfits on a self-sourced model(s)

Formative presentation proposal points will be accompanied by final prototypes and outfits completed through the course, Graduate Collection 4B: Garment Technology - Prototype and Manufacture.

Visual presentation proposals completed on this course will be further edited and collated for inclusion in your Design Book (Part of the course 4C: Design Book - Professional Positioning for Industry).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students are encouraged to be economical and consider sustainability regarding costs for their courses. It is recommended that students undertaking this course budget for the following:

Printing for research and collection proposal presentations: £60
Drawing materials/papers/sketchbooks etc: £50
Calico/Prototyping materials £30

Additional costs: students may choose to sample with print or material surfaces which may require extra costs depending on their project intentions and management of personal budgets.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  21
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 27, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 351 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The components of assessment are equally weighted.

The following components are required for formative points and summative points.

Component 1- (relating to Learning Outcome 1): A folder/file* of research for fashion including personal research, research for colour, contemporary fashion analysis, consumer analysis and collection market contexts. *digital files may also be submitted
Component 2 -(relating to Learning Outcome 1): A folder/file* of material research for fashion.
*digital files may also be submitted
Component 3 - (relating to Learning Outcome 2): A design journal (sketchbook) evidencing sketch design processes, colour application development, images of 3d experimental prototyping for design, selected fabric swatches and edited relevant research references where appropriate. This can be compiled in a traditional bound sketchbook form or as a loose leaf format.
Component 4 - (relating to Learning Outcome 2): A file of material development sampling (where appropriate to the design investigation- i.e. print/surface/knit development)
Component 5 - (relating to Learning Outcome 3): An annotated and illustrated research and collection design proposal (six outfit range) evidencing edited and selected research and design development processes, creative fashion illustrations, selected relevant materials swatches and accompanying professional technical specification drawings.
Component 6 - (relating to Learning Outcome 3): Photographic imagery of final outfits on models/mannequin/hanger (please note, this component is required for Summative submission only).
Feedback Formative Assessment Point 1: Semester 1 - Midpoint
Presentation Requirements: Components 1-5
Students present work verbally to tutor
Written staff feedback/feedforward and formative grading issued for LO1/LO2/LO3

Formative Assessment Point 2: Semester 1 - End of Semester
Presentation Requirements: Components 1-5
Students present work verbally to tutor.
Written staff feedback/feedforward and formative grading issued for LO1/LO2/LO3

Formative Assessment Point 3: SEM 2 - Midpoint
Presentation Requirements: Components 1-5
Students present work verbally to tutor.
Written staff feedback/feedforward and formative grading issued for LO1/LO2/LO3

Summative Feedback point: End of SEM 2
Final Hand-in Requirements: Components 1-6
Summative grading is issued for LO1/LO2/LO3
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Generate an in-depth exploration of a diverse range of advanced and original research methods for fashion.
  2. Evidence the ability to apply appropriate research concepts towards a structured, advanced and sustained design investigation.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to design and propose a coherent contemporary fashion collection range supported by a clearly identified market context.
Reading List
Student's are expected to generate their own independently referenced reading lists relating to their personal research concepts.

The Library subscribes to many subject-specific online research resources on students behalf. For this course we suggest student explore: Vogue Archive online, Harpers Bazaar Archive online, Berg Fashion Library, Bloomsbury Design Library, Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive, Material ConneXion, and WGSN.

Students can find these, and more databases, listed at:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Advanced ability to generate original research and design methods for fashion design.
The ability to plan and manage timescales and budgets effectively and efficiently.
The ability to establish and identify clear contexts for personal design work.
The ability to develop advanced personal time management and organisational skills.
The ability to communicate work confidently and professionally , both verbally and visually.
The ability to engage locally and globally with external stakeholders.
The ability to be a critical, autonomous and reflective thinker
The ability to address critical issues and debates within the fashion industry.
KeywordsFashion Design,Menswear,Womenswear,Knitwear,Print,Accessory Design,Research,Sketch,Diversity
Course organiserMr Mal Burkinshaw
Course secretaryDr Joanna Qiu
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