AH6007 - Fashion Dissertation

What will I learn on this module?

The Fashion Dissertation represents the culmination of your development as an independent and critical learner by researching and writing about a topic that you devise yourself in consultation with your tutors. The topic will usually be related to your design specialism, but you are free to examine any viable topic within the broad field of visual and material culture. In most cases, the topic will be based on the dissertation proposal you produced at Level 5. The dissertation should be an original piece of independent research. This implies the need to collect, assimilate and present information in a structured written argument, which shows awareness of authoritative critical opinions on the chosen topic.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is taught through a combination of introductory guidance lectures, one-to-one tutorials and independent study. By these means, you will learn to identify and research a topic relating to the academic concerns of design or visual culture more widely. You are encouraged and guided:
1. to use an appropriate methodology to interpret, analyse and elucidate information gathered through research;
2. to select and organise appropriate material, ideas, analysis and interpretations into a sustained piece of work formally arranged as a dissertation;
3. to demonstrate evidence of personal critical reflection, understanding and engagement with design or visual culture more broadly.
Directed learning and reading will encourage independent research, visual analysis of design objects and critical reflection on design theory and practice.
You will be supported in the skills of academic essay writing through the use of formative and summative learning and through the use of Turnitin.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

This is a student-led project and it is your responsibility to complete it. Students will be supported by three guidance lectures at the start of Semester 1. These will equip you to undertake your dissertation research confidently and independently. The lectures will be pre-recorded and made available via Blackboard, enabling you to refer back to them throughout the semester. They will cover issues such as:
• What is a dissertation?
• Developing a research question
• Research methods in visual and material culture
• Using theory and critical concepts
• Structure, format and referencing
• Planning and time management

Following this general guidance, you will proceed with individual learning and specialist guidance through a series of three half-hour tutorials with your appointed supervisor. These will be delivered in the most appropriate format in order to comply with social-distancing measures. It is important to show work in progress, since the supervisor's most effective help will consist of comments on an actual written draft. Each student should submit a draft of one chapter, as well as a brief outline showing the overall structure of your dissertation. Feedback will aim to help you acquire a critical perspective on your own work and thus help you to think constructively. Written feedback will be provided within 20 working days of assignment submission.

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?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Identify, review and critically discuss design-related topics and evidence this through your ability to undertake a comprehensive research project.
2. Demonstrate your ability to appropriately deploy techniques of enquiry, analysis and synthesis to a comprehensive research project.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Intellectually engage with a range of appropriate research materials, techniques and analytical tools to enable the undertaking of a comprehensive research project.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3. Engage autonomously in your studies, requiring minimal supervision to achieve outcomes.
5. Demonstrate ability to communicate at a professional level through written skills.

How will I be assessed?

Formative feedback will be received from your supervisor during one-to-one tutorial engagement.

Written and/or verbal feedback will be provided on one draft chapter and on a brief outline of your overall dissertation structure.

Tutorials will informally record your academic progress.

Summative assessment will be via submission of a
6000-word design report (dissertation). Your supervisor will assess your overall performance holistically with a single grade in multiple components.

Summative feedback will be provided via the eLearning Portal (Blackboard) to students within 20 working days of the submission date and this will be individual focused feedback.
All feedback will be provided in the context of the assessment criteria provided to students at the start of the module.





Module abstract

This module provides an opportunity for final-year students to develop key research skills while engaging with theoretical issues that underpin their studio work. By writing a 6,000-word design report (dissertation) on a subject of your choice, you will enhance your skills in research, visual and textual analysis, critical thinking and written communication. This assignment is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge of a particular topic, as well as your skill in researching, writing and organising material, working independently and using advanced analytical skills to present an argument in written form, all skills that will benefit you in your professional life. The topic should be selected by the student on the basis of their programme of design and will be approved by an appropriate tutor. Each student will discuss work in progress periodically with their assigned supervisor.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years

Location Sri Lanka

City Sri Lanka

Start January

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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