FA5014 - Fashion Design Project 2

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What will I learn on this module?

In ‘Fashion Design Project 2’ you will identify emerging trends in fashion to inspire individual creative direction and enquiry of fashion design practice, cumulating in garment realisation and portfolio communicating a distinctive individual handwriting.

You will learn how to form a creative concept from research gathered independently over your industrial placement and/or study abroad experience covering a range of global, historical, contemporary and cultural influences with a view to you to evolving your personal design philosophy. You will revisit design methodologies in research translating ideas to design development and engage in the production of garment prototypes, printed textiles or constructed knitwear sampling in specialist studios and workshops developing your knowledge and own focus within individual study skills. You will be encouraged to challenge production processes within the specialism producing investigative sampling to inform garment design.

The module challenges you to broaden knowledge of fashion levels, extending your previous experience, by focusing on ‘Luxury’ fashion as a conduit for developing progressive knowledge of aesthetic principles and skills in fashion craftsmanship. This will enable you to make decisions about your ambitions for personal development towards level 6 and employment. Live project briefs and/or the opportunity to take part in national competitions will allow you to work with industrial partners to develop your professional skills and understanding.

Your portfolio will give you opportunity to develop an experimental approach to fashion Illustration through personal investigation of creative and intellectual stimuli. You will be encouraged to integrate traditional and digital media with a view to communicating your fashion outcomes to a range of audiences.

Learn how to create a fashion presentation communicating your creative outcomes appropriate to Fashion context.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn through your engagement in creative practice in response to a self initiated Fashion Design brief, which will encourage enquiry-based learning

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 development of technical skills and the advanced 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.

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.
• 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:
4. Demonstrate an enhanced autonomy through your ability to independently source and engage with a broad range of research materials.

7. Demonstrate a progressed knowledge of aesthetic principles through the undertaking/completion of garment, printed textile or constructed knitwear sample prototyping.

10. Demonstrate your advanced understanding of design methods and practical theories through the development of your fashion outcome.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Display evidence of critical thinking by conceiving, progressing, evaluating and communicating potential creative solutions to future fashion challenges through creative design portfolio.

7. Link your knowledge and understanding to display a confident and sophisticated application of fashion design materials and/or processes to the design/realisation of an experimental garment, printed textile or constructed knitwear collection.

8. Produce and communicate an experimental garment or fashion fabrics with distinguishable.

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 semester 2. The formal feedback tutorial in week 3 and week 9 will review coursework progression.

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 multiple components in week 12 of semester 2.

Portfolio: KU4, KU7, KU10, IPSA3, IPSA7 and PVA5.

Garment or sample outcome: KU4, KU7, KU10, IPSA3, IPSA7, IPSA8 and PVA5.

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.


Prior modules or equivalent experience



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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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