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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DESN5316M Fashion Realisation and Contextual Studies

60 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Kevin Almond

Taught: 1 Feb to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2019/20


DESN5313MFashion Product Development

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module aims to foster a broad appreciation of the context of contemporary fashion and to identify and establish a particular work and direction for creative fashion innovation and enterprise. Students are encouraged to conduct individual and independent lines of practical and contextual research and enquiry in order that they may formulate appropriate and diverse design solutions. Students may also identify individual and appropriate business opportunities in the fashion industry and develop strategies for personal involvement. A financial and market case study will form part of this module as well as a negotiated final exhibition.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have provided evidence of being able to:
1. research independent areas of interest in relation to the development of contemporary fashion innovation and enterprise;
2. demonstrate individual & creative expertise within stated commercial parameters;
3. being flexible, resourceful, self-disciplined and motivated;
4. plan, manage and execute individual schedules;
5. organise appropriate financial and business strategies;
6. organise and execute negotiated final exhibition.


This module is principally concerned with a broad appreciation of contemporary fashion innovation and enterprise, which reflects a total individual concept, underpinned by original practical and contextual research.

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. Strategic links with industry will be developed and fostered.

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 and creative practice, whether this be ecological, technological or ethical based.

The module will culminate with a negotiated final exhibition.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours464.00
Total Contact hours136.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Private study will be spent in:
• Visual & Contextual Research: 130 hours;
• Library Research: 130 hours;
• Design Development: 150 hours (60 hours Cafeteria Access);
• Preparation and presentation of work: 54 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored by:
Regular attendance at practical, seminar and lecture classes;
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
Oral Presentation12 minutes, 1x PowerPoint (8 slides)10.00
Reflective logA3 bound Illustrated Journal Research & development Financial and market case study Other 2D or 3D supporting work80.00
PresentationExhibition by powerpoint: a visual and written presenttion that pitches the essential elements of your project and consists of 8 slieds10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The above work equates to a 15,000-18,000 word Dissertation. Students will produce 1 X 1,000 word study Proposal & time plan at week 3 which will receive formative feedback only.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/02/2020


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