FA4008 - Introduction To Fashion Skills

What will I learn on this module?

In ‘Introduction to Fashion Skills’ you will learn a range of skills that will underpin the programme’s craftsmanship ethos, and support your practical making of garments and samples on the Fashion programme, initiating the building of long-term practical skills.

You will be introduced to the appropriate health and safety regulations and procedures to support safe working practices. You will develop the essential practical skills in a technical programme delivered in our specialist workshops, studios and virtual learning environments. You will learn about garments and how they are made through engaging with elementary methodologies and multi-cultural, responsible processes. You will also learn about traditional approaches to pattern cutting and manufacture through a series of experimental workshop-based projects to achieve a fashioned garment or sample-based outcome. This will establish knowledge to enable garment development and technical progression on the Fashion programme.

You will progress to a creative garment project, and will evidence your independent judgement in your ability to generate and explore ideas through experimental pattern cutting techniques for fashion outcomes. You will construct samples, a fashion toile and progressive creative garment from start to finish showing your understanding of the processes learned. You will also demonstrate ability to capture aesthetically your garment design developed in the parallel module; ‘Introduction to Fashion Design’ and interpret a 2D design into a 3D physical outcome, exploring the fashion formal elements of silhouette, colour, fabric and proportion. Part of this process will involve leaning how garments relate to the human form, building material shapes and learning to fit a garment on a body, to critically evaluate your garment development aesthetically, and assess its function. You will also be introduced to a range of fabrications and also given guidance on how to handle and manage cloth.

Presentation of your fashioned outcomes at critique will allow you the opportunity to convey your thought process to an identified audience. Here you may engage in critical debate and learn how to use feedback to support your progression.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn through engaging in creative practice in response to Fashion Design brief(s), which will encourage enquiry-based learning.

Teaching and learning strategies in Fashion Design encourage you to acquire an 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 School of Design operates an extended studio approach (X-Studio) that embraces our physical studios and making workshops as well as our virtual spaces to create a flexible and rich environment that is responsive to our learners’ needs.

This dedicated approach has been developed over many years of continuous teaching innovation, research and industry collaboration. It has created a supportive extended studio culture that encourages our students to learn flexibly, dynamically blending their learning and University experience between physical and digital interactions both in real-time and online at their own pace.

We believe that this extended studio culture not only helps our students to become more confident autonomous learners but also prepares them for a dynamic design industry in which an extended studio philosophy is current practice.

The blended atelier workshop, studio and online 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 acquisition of technical skills and the use of materials and processes in identifying and solving problems. Traditional, new and emerging methodologies and technologies are used both in the delivery of the learning experience, and in the 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.
• The named lead Module Tutor and the academic teaching team direct studio based practice through presentations and tutorials and are available to answer queries in relation to the module during timetabled studio sessions.
• In addition to academic support this module also has specialist fashion technical support including practical demonstrations and exercises.
• 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.
• Formal formative feedback stages are included in the module, when you will receive academic feedback on your progress.
• Learning materials for this module are available on the university eLearning Portal, including the module documentation, announcements, presentations, assessment, study skills signposting, reading list and timetable.
• Access to computer facilities, garment archives and library and online resources.
• Online study skills are offered by the library to support learning and development of academic research skills
• Academic Language Skills (ALS) support 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.
• TEL: eLearning Portal, digital reading lists, presentations via Panopto, Prezi. Lectures and seminars via Blackboard Collaborate

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:
6. Evidence your elementary knowledge of fashion design through technical pattern cutting methodologies and garment/sample making skills.

7. Understand appropriate health and safety regulations and procedures through the completion of the Technical Induction Programme

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. Evidence your independent judgement in your ability to generate and explore ideas through experimental creative pattern cutting and garment construction skills.

11. Demonstrate competent presentation skills and techniques in the recording of the practical processes and activities.

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

1. Demonstrate engagement and commitment for your studies as evidenced through engagement with your technical staff, academic tutors, your outcomes reflecting your ability to manage your own learning.

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 scheduled at key points of the learning programme, to provide feedback and informally record academic progress. This provides you with the opportunity to apply the feedback to your existing work and improve your competencies before your final summative assessment. Module tutors will informally record this academic progress. MLO’s will be cross-referenced during this process.
Student self-assessment
Students are encouraged to be reflective learners through scheduled self-assessment opportunities.

Summative assessment
By collecting a variety of evidence/outputs from the learner via multiple dimensions (coursework, observations, presentations, etc.) tutors will assess the learner’s overall performance holistically with a single grade from 2 components:

Component 1: Fashioning Toolkit – end of semester 1 (20 credits) KU 07; IPSA 04; IPSA 11; PVA 01
Toolkit is assessed via observation and evidenced in a Technical Skills Sketchbook and Creative Process Journal (CPJ)

Component 2: Fashioning Project – end of semester 2 (20 credits) KU 06; IPSA 04; IPSA 11; PVA 01
Project work is assessed via Creative Technical Process Book and portfolio

Verbal feedback will be provided from peers
and academic staff.

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.





Module abstract

In this module you will be introduced to the technical skills essential to enable creative garment development and professional manufacture as you progress throughout the course.

You will be introduced to our industrial standard workshops, studios and online learning environment, learn how to operate machinery safely with consideration for others under the supervision of highly trained technicians to develop safe working practices and autonomy. In the fashion atelier you will be introduced to multicultural, responsible, experimental and traditional pattern cutting, fashioning and manufacture techniques, to establish an understanding of a range of skills and how to operate with good working practices. These will be introduced step-by step over a number of weeks to monitor your progress and build your confidence. In Component 1 you will acquire the technical skills toolkit that enable you to engage with the formal elements of silhouette, fabric, texture, pattern, colour, proportion and detail.

As the module progresses, in Component 2 you will translate garment design from your parallel module ‘Introduction to Fashion Design’, from flat work to an exciting, creative form by producing your own experimental garment/samples utilising your new skills. You will record your progress and process from start to finish, in response to feedback from academic tutors and critique from your peers, in a visual creative process journal.

Your creative fashion garments/samples will be shared in physical and virtual platforms by negotiation, to convey your work to your audience(s).

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 2024 or September 2025

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