FA5001 - Professional Practice Preparation

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What will I learn on this module?

You will develop a critical understanding of the key social, political, theoretical and practical work-based considerations relating to contemporary fashion design and the broader fashion industry to support your development as a responsible creative in a challenging professional environment.

You will gain important tools to join the fashion or broader creative industry with a clear vision of the processes involved in undertaking a student internship or study abroad. Lectures and seminars in Consumer Behaviour and the Fashion Industry will enhance your cultural awareness in relation to fashion design and marketing and related critical theory.

You will gain insight into roles and responsibilities, rules of engagement and expectations of industry interns from Lectures and seminars. This will to give you a realistic overview of industrial experience and how to realistically approach the application process for a successful outcome. You will develop the ability to evaluate your skills from an area of practice, highlighting your strengths and communicate this in a way that is a desirable asset to a placement provider.

Professional Practice Preparation is designed to prepare you for professional practice through Industrial placement. The module is taught between the award-winning Newcastle Business School and the School of Design and is divided into two components.

In Component A of this module, you will learn a range of key consumer behaviour concepts and frameworks that will help you to understand the complex behaviour of fashion consumers. Lectures and seminars in consumer behaviour will prepare students for their assessment in this part, which includes a written consumer behaviour report that draws from relevant secondary research. The report includes an in-depth analysis of the consumer decision-making process of an identified audience for a fashion brand of choice.

In Component B you will learn how to identify fashion-related issues and plan, create and write an essay based around a current issue affecting the fashion industry. A lecture series will highlight some of the key points to stimulate your research and design thinking. Topics will include; the role of the designer in fashion sustainability; made in the UK; ethical production; off-shore production; and ‘professional practice in a fashion and creative environment’.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to the module by research-active staff who share their own knowledge and experience to support you in the planning, search and organisation of evidence-based material for your research enquiries. In this module you will learn through engaging in broad research methodologies, analysing your work objectively against educational, professional and personal criteria and with support from staff, reflecting upon your work-in-progress. Adapting, editing and evaluation will also be part of the learning process.
This module will be delivered by specialist staff through lectures, seminar workshops, directed and independent learning. Lectures will introduce theories and concepts, supported by reading around professional practice and consumer behaviour in the fashion industry. These topics are then discussed in small seminar groups with the module tutor and your peers. These seminars encourage active participation and dialogue around your own enquiry, as well as providing an opportunity to discuss and clarify learning and assessment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module staff will guide and support you through the stages of writing both the report and the essay by means of; lectures, tutor-supported seminars, verbal and written formative and summative feedback. Module contact time provides the opportunity for you to receive on-going tutor and peer feedback, and to clarify issues and discuss assessment criteria. Direction will also be given to students regarding Tutor Guided Independent Learning and Student Guided Independent Learning, where such activities may include; reading, reflection or research, used to provide deeper or broader knowledge of the subject.

Additional study skills materials and workshops are available through Skills Plus at: http://nuweb2.northumbria.ac.uk/library/skillsplus/topics.html?l3-0.

There is one formative assessment point for component b in the module to promote personal responsibility in managing your workload. This also provides you with the opportunity to apply feedback and improve your competencies before your final summative assessment.

Northumbria University student support also includes;
? If you are an International student, you will receive extra support via weekly ESAP (English for Specific Academic Purposes) sessions through specialist English Language teaching.
? SASC (Student Advice & Support Centre) provide specialist support with personal issues including; DSSR (Disabled Student Support Recommendations) statements; PECs (Personal Extenuating Circumstances) and LAs (Late Approved submission) processes. They will also be able to refer you to the correct service if they cannot help you directly.
? The eLP (eLearning Portal) will include all relevant module documentation e.g. module guides, lecture material, video-captures and reading lists and any notices relevant to the running of the module.

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 a critical awareness of historical, cultural and contemporary issues through the investigation of ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry.
2. Show a detailed understanding of the fashion working business methods and principles through a fashion related business report and an essay title based on the lecture series that will be confirmed at the time).
3. Demonstrate an enhanced autonomy through your ability to independently source and engage with a broad range of research materials.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Demonstrate critical analysis in the selection and evaluation of research evidence or source material in order to understand the fashion working environment.
5. Evidence your confident approach to writing style in relation to structure, content and quality of debate.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
Demonstrate your ability to form independent judgement or articulate reasoned arguments through the written report (component a) and the essay (component b)

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment stages will be
Introduced during the module delivery. MLO’s will
be used to assess your work. Verbal feedback will
be provided by tutors, and peers.

Formative assessment stages will be
Introduced during the module delivery. MLO’s will be used to assess your work. Your business report and fashion essay are each worth 50% to make a combined 100% of the module summative assessment, which addresses all 6 MLOs.

There will be 1 formative assessment point for components b: Research plan and bibliography.

This provides you with the opportunity to apply the formative feedback to your existing work and improve your competencies before your final summative assessment.

Verbal feedback will be provided by tutors and peers.

Pre-requisite(s)

n/a

Co-requisite(s)

n/a

Module abstract

Professional Practice Preparation is designed to prepare you for professional practice on Industrial placement. The module is taught between the award-winning Newcastle Business School and the School of Design and is divided into two components.

In Component A of this module, you will learn a range of key consumer behaviour concepts and frameworks that will help you to understand the complex behaviour of fashion consumers. Lectures and seminars in consumer behaviour will prepare students for their assessment in this part, which includes a written consumer behaviour report that draws from relevant secondary research. The report includes an in-depth analysis of the consumer decision-making process of an identified audience for a fashion brand of choice.

In Component B you will learn how to identify fashion-related issues and plan, create and write an essay based around a current issue affecting the fashion industry. A lecture series will highlight some of the key points to stimulate your research and design thinking. Topics will include; the role of the designer in fashion sustainability; made in the UK; ethical production; off-shore production; and ‘professional practice in a fashion and creative environment’.

What will I learn on this module?

You will develop a critical understanding of the key social, political, theoretical and practical work-based considerations relating to contemporary fashion design and the broader fashion industry to support your development as a responsible creative in a challenging professional environment.

You will gain important tools to join the fashion or broader creative industry with a clear vision of the processes involved in undertaking a student internship or study abroad. Lectures and seminars in consumer behaviour and the fashion industry will enhance your cultural awareness in relation to fashion design and marketing and related critical theory.

You will gain insight into roles and responsibilities, rules of engagement and expectations of industry interns from lectures and seminars. This will to give you a realistic overview of industrial experience and how to realistically approach the application process for a successful outcome. You will develop the ability to evaluate your skills from an area of practice, highlighting your strengths and communicate this in a way that is a desirable asset to a placement provider.

Course info

UCAS Code W231

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years with placement

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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