FA4008 - Introduction To Fashion Skills

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What will I learn on this module?

In ‘Introduction to Fashion Skills’ you will learn a range of skills that will underpin your practical garment development and manufacture on the Fashion programme, initiating the building of long-term practical skills.

You will be introduced to the essential practical skills in a technical programme delivered in our specialist workshops to learn appropriate health and safety regulations and procedures. You will learn elementary methodologies and processes in pattern cutting and through demonstrations, garment construction and sewing techniques to manufacture a basic garment. This will establish knowledge to enable garment development and technical progression on the Fashion programme.

You will progress to a creative garment project, and will evidence your independent judgement in your ability to generate and explore ideas through experimental pattern cutting techniques for fashion outcomes. You will construct a fashion toile and progressive creative garment from start to finish showing your understanding of the processes introduced, but also demonstrate ability to capture aesthetically your garment design developed in the parallel module; ‘Introduction to Fashion Design’. Part of this process will involve learning to fit a garment on a body, to critically evaluate your garment development aesthetically, and assess its function. You will also be introduced to a range of fabrications and also given guidance on how to handle and manage cloth.

Presentation of your garment outcomes at critique will allow you the opportunity to convey your thought process to an attentive audience. Here you may engage in critical debate and learn how to use feedback to support your progression.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn through engaging in creative practice in response to a Fashion Design brief, which will encourage enquiry-based learning.

Teaching and learning strategies in Design encourage you to acquire an imaginative approach to creative problem solving: to think divergently and to develop your ability to articulate concepts and ideas through research rich enquiry based learning. Students become active participants through project-based coursework, integrating design practice, academic and intellectual skills.

The studio and workshop environment is integral to this process encouraging individual intellectual freedom, a creative collaborative community, and collegial exchange. This approach emphasises creativity and experiential enquiry, enabling the generation of ideas, through active participation in observation, recording and making through design practice. Project-based learning engenders an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to the progressively interrelated nature of practical and intellectual skills. Analytical and adductive thinking, experimentation, trial and error, are characteristics of the creative process and are embedded and supported throughout programme design and delivery.

Hands on participation enables students to display evidence of creative thinking through the exploration and communication of a design concept/artefact that has a purposeful outcome. This type of experiential activity engages the learner in self initiated research, encouraging independent judgement and critical self-awareness through practice.

There is focus on the acquisition of technical skills and the use of materials and processes in identifying and solving problems. Traditional, new and emerging technologies are used both in the delivery observation and realisation of outcomes.
This teaching and learning strategy enables a deep understanding of the subject area beginning with underlying skills and principles, progressing through the programme to fully autonomous learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

• The project is introduced at a briefing session, where it is fully explained and explored by both staff and students.
• The named lead Module Tutor and the academic teaching team direct studio based practice through presentations and tutorials and are available to answer queries in relation to the module during timetabled studio sessions.
• In addition to academic support this module also has specialist fashion technical support including practical demonstrations and exercises.
• Studio tutorials provide feedback on your project work and your progression on the module and offer direction on how to develop your work further, including guidance for student-led independent learning.
• Two formal formative feedback stages are included in the module, when you will receive academic feedback on your progress.
• Learning materials for this module are available on the university eLearning Portal, including the module documentation, announcements, presentations, reading list and timetable.
• English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) is available for international students.
• Students requiring additional support are advised to contact their Guidance Tutor for advice, who will be able to refer them to the relevant university services for specialist support regarding their personal circumstances.

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:
6. Evidence your elementary knowledge of fashion design through technical pattern cutting methodologies and garment making skills.

7. Understand appropriate health and safety regulations and procedures through the completion of the Technical Induction Programme

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. Evidence your independent judgement in your ability to generate and explore ideas through experimental creative pattern cutting and garment construction skills.

11. Demonstrate competent presentation skills and techniques in the recording of the practical processes and activities.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

1. Demonstrate engagement and commitment for your studies as evidenced through engagement with your technical staff, academic tutors you’re your outcomes reflecting your ability to manage your own learning.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be conducted through:

Formative feedback received from tutors and peers during studio and workshop engagement and judging panels where appropriate.

Formal Formative Feedback:
Tutorials will be timetabled at mid point of the module. Two formal feedback tutorials will be scheduled in semester 1: coursework in week 4 and presentation in week 12 (or 14??) and Semester 2: coursework in week 4.

Summative assessment
By collecting a variety of evidence/outputs from the learner via multiple dimensions (coursework, observations, presentations, etc.) tutors will assess the learners overall performance holistically with a single grade in Semester 2, week 12.

Technical block, process book and creative garment outcomes:, KU7, IPSA4, IPSA11 and PVA1.

Additional forms of assessment practice may take place within projects in the form of peer assessment/self assessment, which may contribute to the overall module outcome.





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Course info

UCAS Code W230

Credits 40

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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