FA6009 - Final Fashion Collection and Portfolio

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will demonstrate your advanced knowledge, design practice to, produce and present a forward thinking, professional fashion collection alongside a portfolio within the context of your chosen specialism: pattern cutting, printed textiles, or constructed knitwear. You will create a collection alongside your portfolio, to enable you to place a deeper focus on your specialism, in support of your professional ambitions. Students may opt for either a sample or a garment based collection.

You will self-determine an intellectually challenging, fashion collection brief, that builds upon your prior learning reflecting upon your personal strengths and research interests. In-depth cultural, aesthetic, technical and commercial research will be harnessed using critical design thinking processes, to synthesise advanced fashion solutions. You will experiment with a range of appropriate tools, media, materials, techniques and processes in both atelier-style and academic working environments, and apply advanced technical methodologies in the interpretation of fashion concepts to fashion design outcomes, using professional pattern cutting and experimental moulage techniques.

You will analyse your work objectively against educational, professional and personal criteria, reflecting upon your work-in-progress, You will present and defend your work, both formally and informally, to your peers, specialist tutors and industrial partners where relevant at identified key points of the module.

Your professional physical and on-line illustrated design portfolio will enhance your employability and enterprise skills through the application of your individual style to a range of fashion genres, brands and customers. Participation in live projects, national and international competitions, and interaction with industrial partners where possible, will support your transition into the fashion workplace or post-graduate study.

Advanced illustration, portfolio and 3D presentation skills will support the promotion of your creative practice to a range of audiences including potential employers, assessors, press, competition judges etc., via exhibitions, portfolio websites and catwalk-based presentations.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn:

Teaching and learning strategies in fashion encourage you to acquire a flexible and imaginative approach to creative problem solving: to think divergently, to develop your ability to articulate concepts and ideas through research rich enquiry based learning. You will become an active participant through project-based coursework, integrating design practice, academic and intellectual skills.
You will negotiate and direct your own learning through self-determined project briefs, industry-led competition work, the development of and realisation of a Fashion collection though creative and technical pattern cutting, printed or a constructed textile or illustrated and sample based collection. You are encouraged to advance your visual literacy and to be aware of current issues and debates. You will learn to present your work and ideas to a variety of audiences in different situations.

The studio and workshop environment is integral to encouraging the process of your individual intellectual freedom, participation in 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, are embedded and supported throughout programme delivery design.

Practical participation enables you 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 you in self-initiated research, encouraging independent judgement and critical self-awareness through practice.

You will be supported in the advancement of your technical skills, the use of materials, their processes in identifying and solving problems, taught by a creative team of internationally experienced tutors and skilled demonstrators. You will develop advanced technical skills, through the production of innovative sampling and toiles. Traditional, new and emerging technologies are used both in the delivery, the observation, the realisation of outcomes such as the garment collection, sample collection or by your visual communication of designs.

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 the students, with the staff.
• A named lead Module Tutor manages the module including 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 tutorials and are available to answer queries in relation to the module during timetabled studio sessions.
• Studio tutorials provide feedback on your project work, your progression on the module, while offering direction on how to develop your work further, including guidance for student-led independent learning.
• In studio tutor support offers guidance on the direction and presentation of your work, while benchmarking achievement of the Learning Outcomes.
• Competition briefing sessions, are where the briefs are fully explained by tutors and/or regional, national and international industrial partners; building on work placement, developing networks and creating employment and promotional opportunities beyond the projects.
• Project based work that offers you a range of teaching, learning and assessment opportunities, with the opportunity to write self-initiated briefs.
• 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.
• 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. Display evidence of your critical, experimental and/or innovative thinking by conceiving solutions which have relevance in cultural, aesthetic, technical and commercial contexts.

9. Demonstrate a contextual understanding of personal practice in relation to broader cultural socio-economic and political contexts through garment collection and portfolio.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
6. Demonstrate an accomplished use of media, materials, processes and techniques, in the realisation of experimental and innovative design, garments and portfolio work.

10. Generate and develop creative/experimental thinking based on your own set criteria through the development of a forward-thinking designed/realised collection and illustrated portfolio.

14. Defend your own practice and show critical self-judgement through presentations and critiques.

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

2. Engage employability skills including; leadership, enterprise, flexibility, resourcefulness.

3. Engage autonomously in your studies, requiring minimal supervision to achieve outcomes.

8. Show an understanding of professional and responsible design in the context of your practice as evidenced through your fashion collection and portfolio.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be conducted through:

Formative feedback will be received from tutors and peers during studio and workshop engagement, and judging panels and industrial partners following live and/or competition work

Formal formative feedback
Tutorials will be timetabled at Weeks 1, 8 and a formal formative presentation in week 12 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 and presentation in Assessment week 2. Tutors will assess your overall performance holistically with a single grade in multiple components.

Design & Technical Process Books:
KU7, KU8, IPSA10,

Concept development work:
KU7, KU8, IPSA10

Fashion garments/ illustrated and sampled collection:
KU7, KU8, IPSA 6,

edited 40 page portfolio:
KU7, KU8, PVA8

Presentation of collection and portfolio (hard copy and digital formats):


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





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Course info

UCAS Code W230

Credits 60

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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