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Undergraduate Course: Fashion 4B: Garment Technology, Prototype & Manufacture (DESI10137)

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 allows students to undertake an in-depth pattern cutting, prototyping and manufacturing process of their selected Graduate Collection range plan.

Students will prototype a full 6-outfit collection range, proceeding to select 5 of the strongest outfits to manufacture and submit as a resolved 'Graduate Collection' in final selected fabrics. Students will also be required to include accessories where relevant to their collection vision.

In order to help support and manage student workloads, students who identify time consuming material techniques or choose to focus on knitwear or accessory design, will have the opportunity propose and agree a submission of 4-outfits, subject to evidencing time-trialled sampling.

*Please note; this course covers prototyping and manufacturing of a students graduate collection only. The course 4A: Graduate Collection - Research & Design encompasses the research and design proposal of the developing graduate collection. 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 You will explore and develop extensive approaches to the pattern cutting, prototyping, and manufacture of your Graduate Collection (selected from the course 4A: Graduate Collection - Research and Design). You will be supported through a structured series of taught workshops, each of which is designed to enhance your confidence and skills-sets, strengthening your abilities in 3-dimensional prototyping and professional manufacture.

You will also be able to attend workshops in knitwear and accessories, depending on your overall collection design vision.

SEMESTER 1: You are required to select your strongest design ideas from your initial Graduate Collection design development to initiate the process of in-depth and focused pattern cutting and prototyping. Your prototypes in this Semester will focus on achieving the key collection silhouettes, proportions and fits, whilst also encouraging highly creative and experimental approaches. You will explore a range of appropriate prototyping methods in order to fully test, fit, analyse and develop your collection range.

You will be required to submit two fully prototyped outfits for formative review and feedback, including selected materials and finishing samples, alongside your illustrated collection design proposal completed in the course 4A: Graduate Collection - Research and Design.

SEMESTER 2: You will reflect on previous feedback/feedforward in order to develop, finalise and present a resolved six-outfit prototyped collection for fittings and further formative feedback. Following this, you will select your strongest 5 outfits and proceed to apply your skills in garment technology towards the manufacture of your Graduate Collection, completed to a high, professionally recognised, standard.

Collections, subject to achieving a resolved standard of manufacture, will be showcased at the Edinburgh College of Art's Fashion Shows, and may be selected for showcasing at external fashion events should such opportunities arise.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students are encouraged to be economical with the development of their Graduate Collection and seek sponsorship/ explore up-cycled and recycled materials/ donated materials.

Calico/ Prototyping: £170
Graduate Collection: £500 - £600 (Maximum price of fabric per metre £15)

Additional costs: students may chose to manufacture their own materials with print, embellishment or technology which may require extra costs.
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 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 96, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 290 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative Assessment Point 1: Semester 1 - End of Semester
Presentation Requirements: Components 1-2
Students present work verbally to tutor.
Written staff feedback/ feedforward and formative grading issued for LO1/ LO2

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

Summative Feedback Point: End of Semester 2
Final Hand-in Requirements: Components 1-3
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. Apply selected design ideas and demonstrate a sustained approach to advanced pattern cutting techniques.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to test finishing techniques and to prototype selected garments (and accessories where appropriate) to a resolved standard.
  3. Manufacture a fashion collection, demonstrating the application of appropriate material and finishing techniques, to a professionally completed standard.
Reading List
Students are expected to generate their own independently referenced reading lists relating to their personal research concepts.

Within the pattern cutting department their are tools and documents (Pattern Cutting Glossary, Pattern Cutting Notes) available to the students on Learn.

The Library subscribes to many subject - specific online research resources on students behalf. For this course we suggest students 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 technical skills transferable to the fashion industry.
The ability to plan and manage timescales and budgets effectively and efficiently.
The ability to communicate work confidently and professionally, both verbally and visually.
The ability to be a critical, autonomous and reflective thinker.
KeywordsFashion Design,Garment Technology,Pattern Cutting,Prototyping,Manufacture
Course organiserMs Emma Clifton
Course secretaryDr Joanna Qiu
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