FA5010 - Fashion Thinking 1: Professional Practice Preparation

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What will I learn on this module?

In ‘Fashion Thinking 1: Professional Practice Preparation’ you will look at the industry from two perspectives. 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 designer in a challenging professional environment.

The module encourages you to extend academic skills in knowledge retrieval, library and web-based research and critical analysis to inform your judgement presented in written, oral and visual presentations. By engaging in lectures delivered by Fashion Historical and Critical Studies and Design lecturers, you will develop knowledge in methodologies, theories and practices in the world of fashion such as; supply chain and the effect of the high street on creative practice. You will gain important tools to join the fashion industry with a clear vision of the processes involved in sourcing, applying and undertaking of a student internship or study abroad. Skills of analysis and written exposition will evidence your cultural awareness in relation to fashion design and related critical theory.

You will apply your valuable insight to the fashion industry from our long standing relationship with global fashion companies and designers as you start your preparation for a desirable, exciting fashion experience in a multi faceted international industry.

Gain insight to roles and responsibilities, rules of engagement and expectations of industry interns from potential visiting industrial partners through role-play and studio workshops. 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.

You will be assessed on final outcomes comprising of a 1000 word essay critical reflection on issues relating to the contemporary fashion industry; and a ‘professional tool kit’ containing documentation; C.V., resume, cover letter and portfolio, balancing personal creativity with professionalism; skills, content and finish in traditional and digital format, to support the employment application process.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn through engaging in broad research, critical reflection and evaluation in response to briefs that will require enquiry-based learning.

Learning and teaching strategies on Fashion encourage you to acquire a flexible and imaginative approach to creative problem solving: to think divergently and to develop your ability to articulate Fashion concepts and ideas through research rich enquiry based learning. Students become active participants through project-based coursework, integrating design industry knowledge, academic and intellectual skills.

The studio 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 exercises specifically focused on industrial placement. Project-based learning engenders an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to the progressively interrelated nature of 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 professional tool kit that has a purposeful outcome of supporting the application and undertaking of an industrial placement. This type of experiential activity engages the learner in self initiated research, encouraging independent judgement and critical self-awareness through practice.
This teaching and learning strategy enables a deep understanding of the subject area to fully autonomous learning.
Students are encouraged to advance their visual literacy and to be aware of current issues and debates. Working in groups students learn to be flexible and collaborative, to identify and redefine problems in a creative way and focus on solutions that are both relevant and empathetic. Students learn to present their work and ideas to a variety of audiences in different situations.

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.
• A named lead Module Tutor manages the module monitoring input from Fashion Historical and Critical studies lecturers from the Faculty of Art, Design and Social Sciences, arranging potential collaboration with industry partners and organising any visiting professionals.
• The lead Module Tutor and the academic teaching team direct the studio based practice through presentations and tutorials, and are available to answer queries in relation to the module during timetabled studio sessions.
• Project based work that offers you a range of teaching, learning and assessment opportunities, and the opportunity to explore self-determined projects.
• Studio tutorials provide feedback on your project work, your progression on the module and offer direction on how to develop your work further, including guidance for student-led independent learning.
• A mid-point formal formative feedback stage is included in the module, when you will receive academic feedback on your progress.
• In addition to academic support this module also has specialist technical support including digital demonstrations and exercises.
• Learning materials for this module are available on the university eLearning Portal, including the module documentation, announcements, presentations, reading list and timetable.
• Additional study skills materials and workshops, that are available through Skills Plus at http://nuweb2.northumbria.ac.uk/library/skillsplus/topics.html?l3-0.
• 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:
1. Recognise how knowledge is created, advanced and renewed, and demonstrate your understanding through fashion professional tool kit.

6. Recognise the importance of ethical and responsible fashion design practice through research methodologies.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Analyse findings from Fashion related research material and apply independent judgement and critical analysis to the resolution of a market identified garment collection.

5. Defend/account for your concepts through fashion design outcomes with reasoned judgement, located in and informed by current critical debate.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate effective employability skills including organisational and project management through the administration of your own workload.

6. Show ability to effectively communicate through one or more of the following means; written, visual or oral.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be conducted through:

Formative feedback received from tutors and peers during seminar, studio and workshop engagement.

Formal formative feedback
In week 5 and 9, formal formative feedback stage you will receive feedback on your progress on the module.

Summative assessment
By collecting a variety of evidence/outputs from the learner via multiple dimensions: coursework in assessment week 1 and observation of presentation in week 12. Tutors will assess the learners overall performance holistically with a single grade in multiple components in week 12.

Verbal feedback will be provided from peers
and academic staff.

Part A: essay of 1000 words requiring critical analysis of an area of study in Fashion Historical and Critical Studies.
KU1, IPSA2, PVA5 and PVA6.

Part B: Professional Practice ‘Tool Kit’ comprising of C.V., resume, cover letters, interview techniqies, digital portfolio and hard portfolio.
KU1, IPSA5, PVA5 and PVA6

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 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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