FA5013 - Fashion Thinking 2: Concepts and Theory

APPLY NOW Book an Open Day Add to My Courses Register your interest / Course PDF

What will I learn on this module?

‘Fashion Thinking 2: Concepts and Theory’ offers insight to key subjects and external influences relevant to academic theoretical study and fashion design practice. You will be guided by specialist tutors on how to develop your fashion studies conceptually and theoretically in support of the parallel module ‘Fashion Design Project 2’, to prepare you for the Level 6 modules ‘Final Fashion Collection and Portfolio’, and ‘Dissertation’.

It will equip you to engage critically with the advanced fashion practice based modules by illuminating contextually, global, contemporary, cultural and market influences which impact on fashion design. You will be encouraged to explore issues such as identity, diversity, responsible design practice and new technologies enabling you to set your practice within contemporary culture. The module will therefore provide the means for you to generate personal creative concepts for personal fashion and academic practice.

This module will contribute to your understanding of the changing fashion landscape. You will learn how to apply theory to practice through the analysis of external factors affecting fashion and use this as inspiration for an original trend concept. You will refine your aesthetic judgement and visual communication skills through taking an intellectual approach to advanced image making. Communication theory models will help support your experimental approach to image making using hand-rendered and digital illustration and photography.

The module encourages you to extend academic skills such as knowledge retrieval, visual analysis, object and image-based and archival research, through proposal writing, critical justification and visual communication.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn through engaging in critical debate, reflecting on your understanding of historical fashion and contemporary fashion practice to encourage enquiry-based learning. You will learn to analytically evaluate problems and propose original solutions in your design practice, as well as through written and spoken expression, in response to feedback from peers and tutors.

This module will be delivered by specialist staff through lectures, seminar workshops, directed and independent learning. Lectures will introduce theories and concepts in fashion studies, supported by reading and discussed in small seminar groups through a series of guided exercises to develop reflective and evaluative skills and debate. Lectures will also introduce skills necessary to prepare and write a prolonged piece of research. Bespoke small group seminars will provide individuals the opportunity to engage in discussion of particular concepts or theories relating to their fashion interests and consider in depth how to interpret this material for a major written piece of work.

A dual submission of written and design based project work will enable you to develop verbal, written and visual presentation skills for varied audiences, and provide opportunities for formative assessment.

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 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 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 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

Knowledge & Understanding:
2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of historical, cultural and contemporary issues through the investigation of written Fashion Design report.

5. Demonstrate your ability to critically analyse and reflect in the evaluation of research evidence or material through 2D communication techniques.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Demonstrate critical analysis in the selection and evaluation of research evidence or source material in order to inform personal theoretical study.

3. Display evidence of critical thinking by conceiving, progressing, evaluating and communicating potential creative solutions to design based visual communication through developmental illustration work.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
6. Show ability to effectively communicate through one or more of the following means; written, visual, oral.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be conducted through:

Formative feedback received from Fashion Historical and Critical Studies tutors, Fashion Design tutors and peers during seminar, studio and illustration and photography workshop engagement.

Formal Formative Feedback tutorials will be timetabled at the Weeks 4 and 6 of semester 2. The formal formative tutorial provides feedback and will informally record your academic progress.

Summative assessment
By collecting a variety of evidence/outputs from you via multiple dimensions (coursework, observations, presentations, etc.) tutors will assess your overall performance holistically with a single grade in multiple components in assessment week 1.

The summative assessment will be week 10 for Fashion Trend Concept, and Week 12 for Dissertation plan.

There will be two parts to the assessment:

Fashion Trend Concept:
This project encourages you to research and visually explore a topic of particular interest, using historical and contextual studies as the starting point. You will take an intellectual approach to experimental image making to communicate the concept for portfolio. The work will be submitted digitally. A critical justification of 500 words will form part of the project.
KU02, IPSA03 and PVA06

Design Report
Title and Summary Plan (semester 2; formatively assessed week 6)
This plan enables you to explore and articulate your initial ideas for embarking on a major design research project. Formative written feedback will be provided to help you develop a fuller plan and allow us to place you into a bespoke seminar group with students of similar interests to further develop your proposal.

Dissertation Plan (semester 2; summatively assessed week 12) This robust proposal will be developed following feedback from your initial plan, and independent research and insights gained from your bespoke seminar sessions. It allows you to research and think critically about a topic of particular interest to you, and which you would like to research and write on for your final year design research project.
The purpose of this plan is to assist you in articulating ideas and concerns, which may lead to a better understanding of where your practice is situated.
(I,500 words)
KU02, IPSA01 and PVA06

Other
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 outcomes.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

FA5014 Fashion Design Project 2

Module abstract

Please find details of this module in the other sections provided.

Course info

UCAS Code W230

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years with placement

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location Design Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at 
www.northumbria.ac.uk/exp

Terms and Conditions - northumbria.ac.uk/terms
Fees and Funding - northumbria.ac.uk/fees
Admissions Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/adpolicy