AD3026 - Fashion Design - Foundation

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What will I learn on this module?

Learning and teaching strategies on the Fashion Module centre around hands-on craft activities and the exploration of technical skills, materials and processes that enable you to display evidence of your creative thinking. Studio activities are integral to this process of your study, encouraging individual intellectual freedom, and are supported through a staff and peer collaborative community. In this Level 3 programme you are introduced to the fundamentals of fashion design, fostering understanding of the formal elements (silhouette, colour, fabric, detail, proportion), and the use of research, drawing, materials and experimental form making to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge to undertake enquiry-based learning. This type of experiential activity engages you in self-initiated research, encouraging the development of independent judgement and critical self-awareness.
The module situates the Fashion discipline in the wider professional Fashion environment where the different professional practices of the discipline are discussed and framed. This will aid your understanding of employability within the industry sector following their education programmes. There will be some context to the background, histories and influences of the subject and how this affects the processes of design and production. You will use the design process to formulate a summative proposal for the design and completion of an exhibition showcasing your curated work for the module and the Design Foundation course.

How will I learn on this module?

Through directed and self-directed approaches around a range of studio, workshops, tutorials and seminars and you will produce a portfolio of work that documents the design projects and the key aspects of the discipline. Academic staff from across the department will give presentations on their design practice and relevant research activities outlining the range and reach of this creative design discipline through a number of diverse design case studies. This research-rich and research-informed environment for learning will enable you to gain an appreciation for the wider contexts within which design is practices, furthering your knowledge and development. There will be site visits to experience key fashion design shows and exhibitions to help provide context for the module. This module is the entry to the programme and introduces you to a 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional aspect of design activity, but encourages you to consider the way that fashion influences the wider trend environment. You will be given both formative and summative feedback on the progress of your work to support your development towards a final output which along with your design project material will inform a final assessment of your exhibition at the end of semester 2.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through guided studio and workshop activity by your academic tutors and technical support staff.
The module handbook provides details of sessions, reading lists and assessment criteria. Teaching and learning materials are made available on the e-learning portal. The module tutors will be available in taught sessions, as well as in feedback and consultation hours and on email, to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to succeed on the module. Moreover, feedback on formative work and the first summative assessments will also serve as ‘feed forward’, giving guidance on how to improve during the module.
In addition, you have a designated Personal Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your programme. The academic side of the Personal Guidance Tutor’s role includes:

• monitoring your ongoing academic progress
• helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development
• directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. Library’s Skills Plus)

You are advised to see your Personal Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding
1. Demonstrate your awareness of widely recognised theoretical, technical and professional practices in Fashion Design and an understanding of how they both inform and give context to your work.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities
2. Demonstrate appropriate use of fundamental principles of design in your conceptualisation of garments and textiles.
3. Demonstrate your skills and abilities in garment making and textile construction.

Personal Values Attributes
4. Show your awareness of the changing roles and responsibilities of fashion in contemporary society.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Formative feedback is provided as an integral part of teaching and learning sessions, which may take the form of individual or small group critiques that include tutor and peer review.

Summative Assessment
Portfolio submission of research, design development and a final presentation of design work (MLO1, 2, 3).

Demonstrate that this is based on the processes of design and is enquiry led (MLO1, 2, 3 and 4).

Portfolio submission and evidence/documentation of studio/ workshop-based activities that are linked to the development of creative and technical skills (MLO 2 and 3, 4).

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

AD3023 40 YL Design Portfolio Skills

Module abstract

The Fashion discipline is defined by its relationship to contemporary culture and is revealed through projects that culminate in a portfolio of 2-dimensional (2D) and 3 dimensional (3D) design work. The range of the discipline is explored through practical projects that highlight the importance of observing and decoding both contemporary culture and historical fashion to dress the human form. Drawing on the research practices of staff and using Technology Enhanced Learning, specialist design staff will guide your knowledge and understanding in exploring creative design methodologies that build upon key fashion design processes such as research, drawing, 2D and 3D ideas generation and development, and presentation of design solutions appropriate to entry level fashion design portfolio. It will foster an experimental approach to 2D and 3D elements of fashion drawing and sculpting around the body, respectively, to develop fashion formal elements of colour, shape, texture, pattern, detail, proportion, etc., This module will culminate in a presentation of summative work that will be presented at an exhibition at the end of the course. It will help you develop understanding of the discipline and establish a strong basis for the contemporary representation of your work. Work completed in this module will help you to gain entry into subject-related undergraduate programmes which represent pathways to employment and a career in design.

What will I learn on this module?

Learning and teaching strategies on the Fashion Module centre around hands-on craft activities and the exploration of technical skills, materials and processes that enable you to display evidence of your creative thinking. Studio activities are integral to this process of your study, encouraging individual intellectual freedom, and are supported through a staff and peer collaborative community. In this Level 3 programme you are introduced to the fundamentals of fashion design, fostering understanding of the formal elements (silhouette, colour, fabric, detail, proportion), and the use of research, drawing, materials and experimental form making to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge to undertake enquiry-based learning. This type of experiential activity engages you in self-initiated research, encouraging the development of independent judgement and critical self-awareness.
The module situates the Fashion discipline in the wider professional Fashion environment where the different professional practices of the discipline are discussed and framed. This will aid your understanding of employability within the industry sector following their education programmes. There will be some context to the background, histories and influences of the subject and how this affects the processes of design and production. You will use the design process to formulate a summative proposal for the design and completion of an exhibition showcasing your curated work for the module and the Design Foundation course.

Course info

UCAS Code W270

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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