FA5011 - Fashion Design Project 1

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What will I learn on this module?

In ‘Fashion Design Project 1’ you will learn how to further develop your design skills in relation to professional practice, the design brief will be aimed at a specific market level or brand, and may be a collaborative project with industry. This module will introduce you to the balance designers must achieve beween craftsmanship, aesthetic ideals and commercial restraints.

This project will help you to understand the relationship between the creative and commercial requirements of Fashion design, and provides opportunity to develop specialist skills and knowledge of materials, skills and processes in the realisation of your Fashion design. Students are able to select a specialist area of study in this module, exploring either the creative challenge of technical pattern cutting, haute couture construction techniques, printed fashion textile design or constructed knitwear design.

You will learn how to research, develop and design a market-led collection of garments presented as a Fashion design portfolio. In addition to the portfolio, you will produce and communicate a Fashion artefact or creative solution, which will take the form of a garment or a sample package. In the sewing workshops using industry standard equipment students specialising in garment design will produce a garment of their own design from the portfolio collection.

Students specialising in printed textile design will learn the fundamentals of printed textile design including screen printing and pigment printing processes and produce a printed textile sample collection while students specialising in knitwear design will learn advanced knitting skills and produce a range of technical constructed knitwear samples.

The industry facing nature of this project supports the industrial placement period, which begins in the following semester.

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 a flexible and 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 collegiate 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 the module.

Hands on participation enables students to display evidence of creative thinking through 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 a 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 the outcomes.

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 including arranging potential collaboration with industry partners, organising any visiting professionals, procuring yarns and cloth for the production of garments and sample collections.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 Fashion technical support including practical 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.
• 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:

8. Apply detailed knowledge of materials, skills and processes in the realisation of the Fashion project.

9. Understand the relationship between creative and commercial requirements through design and realisation.

10. Demonstrate your advanced understanding of design methods and practical theories through the development of an illustrated design portfolio and garment/sampling package.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
8. Produce and communicate a Fashion artefact or creative solution with distinguishable skill, application and presentation.

9. Demonstrate your understanding of functional, aesthetic, commercial or creative qualities in the creation of the portfolio and garment/sampling package.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be conducted through:

Formative feedback
Received from tutors, technical staff and peers during studio and workshop engagement.

Formal Formative feedback
During week 4, 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, presentations in week 12. Tutors will assess the learners overall performance holistically with a single grade in multiple components.

Portfolio: KU8, KU9, KU10, IPSA9

Garment or body of sampling work: KU8, KU9, KU10, IPSA8

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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