AH6007 - Fashion Dissertation

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What will I learn on this module?

The 20 credit Fashion Design Research Dissertation- Fashion at level 6 is the culmination of your development as an independent and critical learner through research writing and thinking about a topic that you devise yourself in consultation with your tutors. You will build upon the Design Research Project Proposal you wrote in level 5 through research and writing a 6,000 word essay on a subject related to your design specialism or any other aspect of visual culture in the broad sense that you wish to explore. The dissertation is an opportunity for you to demonstrate not only your knowledge of a particular subject in which you are interested, but also your skills in writing, researching and organising material, working independently and using enhanced analytical and interpretative skills in presenting an argued case in written form: all skills which will benefit you in your professional life.

How will I learn on this module?

Through lectures, 1:1 tutorial guidance and independent study you will learn to identify and develop through research a topic relating to the academic concerns of design or visual culture more widely.
You are encouraged and guided:
1. to use an appropriate methodology to interpret, analyse and elucidate information gathered through research;
2. to select and organise appropriate material, ideas, analysis and interpretations into a sustained piece of work formally arranged as a dissertation;
3. and to demonstrate evidence of personal critical reflection, understanding and engagement with design or visual culture more broadly.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Semester 1 commences with a series of preparatory lectures to equip you to confidently and independently undertake your design project research. These will cover topics such as:
• What is a Dissertation?
• Developing a research question
• Research methods in visual and material culture
• Library Skills
• Using primary material
• Structure, Format and Referencing
• Planning and time management
Following this general guidance, you will proceed with individual learning with specialised guidance through a series of tutorials with your appointed tutor. Thereafter the syllabus will be negotiated between student and supervisor bearing in mind the aims and outcomes 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:
• Identify, review and critically discuss design related topics in manner as evidenced through your ability to undertake a comprehensive research project
• Demonstrate your ability to appropriately deploy techniques of enquiry, analysis and synthesis to a comprehensive research project

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Intellectually engage with a range of appropriate research materials, techniques and analytical tools to enable the undertaking of a comprehensive research project

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Engage autonomously in your studies, requiring minimal supervision to achieve outcomes.
• Demonstrate ability to communicate at a professional level through written skills.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be conducted through:

Formative feedback will be received from tutors and peers during seminars and 1-2-1 tutorial engagement.

Formal formative feedback
Tutorials will be timetabled at Weeks 11 after first drafts are submitted. The formal formative tutorial provides feedback and will informally record your academic progress.

Summative assessment
By collecting a 6000 word dissertation due Assessment week 3, semester 1. Tutors will assess the learners overall performance holistically with a single grade in multiple components.

This essay is a fully articulated piece of writing which is the culmination of a substantial and sustained research project into an appropriate subject related to historical or contemporary design practice or visual or material culture more broadly.





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Course info

UCAS Code W230

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 2020

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