FA5016 - Industrial Placement

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What will I learn on this module?

This Industrial Placement module offers you the opportunity to complete the requirement of undertaking 24-week placement/s in the fashion industry, gaining experience in one or more placements. This opportunity affords you a broad insight into how industry operates, its differing market levels and consumer profiles. Being part of a team in a Fashion Company means a greater understanding of design processes; product development and range planning, price points, production processes and lead times. Through your industrial work experience, you potentially gain an understanding of the importance of comparative product analysis; brand image, packaging and labelling, traditional/digital retail, marketing and promotion. By undertaking placement(s), you develop a greater awareness of fashion, contemporary culture and trends, and to be able to advance your visual and verbal communication skills. The experience of applying your academic studies in a real work environment will help you to develop a confident and professional attitude and to make informed decisions about your future fashion career. In the Industrial Placement module you will keep a digital diary of your learning and professional experience; documenting your new skills and knowledge acquired from your Placement(s).

During this 12 month period you are expected to complete a minimum of 24 weeks. The weeks can run consecutively or as a series of individual placements throughout the year. If you are unable to complete or secure an industrial work placement an alternative industry-focused placement brief will be set.

How will I learn on this module?

The skills you potentially learn and develop from Industrial Placement will be through being an integral part of a professional team. Working closely with your Line Manager and colleagues you will develop a greater understanding of company structures and processes. Undertaking a responsible role and working to critical deadlines will help you acquire time management skills and a professional attitude. Being part of a team will help you become more proficient in communicating your ideas, both visually and verbally. This type of experiential activity engages critical self-awareness and encourages reflection and autonomy.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

This module will be introduced via a placement briefing session. Administrative and Academic Placement Co-ordinators will aid your transition from university to the work place and offer support before and throughout your placement/s. Prior to interviews for your placement you will receive support and guidance in the construction development of a professional CV and Digital Portfolio. During this period of study you will be required to maintain regular contact with Academic staff through telephone tutorials or visits. Further formal academic support is provided via information posted on the E Learning portal, which can be accessed on a range of devices.

Where appropriate, students may also be directed to engage with Study Skills +, or other resources offered through the University Student Support Services.

Student Central 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. briefs, module guides, 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?

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
7. Demonstrate a progressed knowledge of Fashion Industry Practice principles through the undertaking/completion of an industrial placement experience(s).

9. Understand the relationship between creative and commercial requirements through completion of your industrial placement.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
8. Produce and communicate a digital presentation of your placement(s) experience with distinguishable skill, application and presentation.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
2. Evaluate your own progress; exercise an enhanced level of self-criticism and analysis in respect of completing an industrial placement experience(s).

5. Demonstrate effective employability skills including organisational and project management through the completion of an Industrial placement(s).

How will I be assessed?

This is a Pass / Fail module.

You will receive regular formative feedback on your reflective digital diary through the course of the 12 month period from tutors.

Your Placement Employer(s) will be asked to
provide documented feedback on your internship. Completion of your placement will be reviewed in conjunction with the MLOs to assess the learning
achieved during your placement experience.
Upon return to University you will communicate
your experience in a presentation to your peers
that captures your placement learning (100%).

Verbal feedback will be provided following
summative assessment

If a student is unable to complete an industrial placement an alternative project will be issued.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Industrial Placements offer the opportunity for you to gain insight into how industry operates, its market and consumer profiles, and a greater understanding of design processes and product development in the fashion industry. You will gain confidence and professional expereince within a real work environment, that will enhance your employability skills. You will be supported in your placement and have regular contact with academic staff throughout the 24 week week minimum duration.

Course info

UCAS Code W231

Credits 120

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 2020

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