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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DESN5301M Fashion Futures

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Caroline Hemingray

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 May, Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

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 reflect an 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 related to ecological, technological or ethical themes.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Studio Time56.0030.00
Practical (computer based)23.006.00
Private study hours106.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Design Development: 36 hours; Visual Research: 36 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 and online sessions
- Engagement with online learning material
- Contact with and feedback from module tutors
- Tutorials at strategic times throughout the module

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio1 x Digital A3 bond Illustrated Research & Development Journal50.00
Project1 x product prototype50.00
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: 28/08/2020


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