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DESN5301M Fashion Futures

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Mr David Backhouse

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module aims to introduce and nurture fashion innovation thinking and practical skills for future fashion design product. Students are encouraged to conduct individual and independent lines of research and enquiry in order that they may formulate appropriate and diverse design solutions.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- research independent areas of interest in relation to the development of innovative and contemporary fashion garments;
- demonstrate individual & creative expertise within stated commercial parameters;
- show evidence of flexibility, resourcefulness, self-discipline and motivation;
- plan, manage and execute individual schedules.


This module is principally concerned with the innovation design and production of contemporary garment prototypes, which reflects a total individual concept, underpinned by original research. This module is not project based; therefore after negotiation and agreement with tutors, students will provide a 1,000-word study proposal that outlines their intentions, accompanied by a comprehensive time management plan.
The ability to sustain a theme by working within clearly defined global, societal and commercial parameters, are all essential elements of this module.
Where possible students are encouraged to endorse industrial relevance by researching existing global innovations.
An important aspect is the ability to examine the subject area within a wider context and show an informed understanding of relevant sociological, cultural, technical and commercial aspects.
This module will reward future thought and development in innovative practice, whether this be ecological, technological or ethical based.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Studio Time103.0030.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours70.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study will be spent in:
Design Development: 20 hours;
Visual Research: 20 hours;
Library Research: 20 hours;
Preparation and presentation of work: 20 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored by:
Regular attendance at practical, seminar and lecture sessions;
Contact with and feedback from project supervisor on a weekly basis;
Tutorials at strategic times throughout the module

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio1 x A 3 bond Illustrated Research & Development Journal45.00
Practical2 x product prototype45.00
Presentation1 powerpoint of 10 slides, 10 minutes duration10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The above work equates to a 3,750 - 4,500 word assignment. Students will produce 1 X 1,000 word study Proposal & time plan at week 3 which will receive feedback only

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:35


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