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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Fashion Design

Programme code:BA-TEXT/FDUCAS code:W230
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Mr Jeffrey Thorpe Contact address:j.s.thorpe@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements please visit Coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Design

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Design

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Art and Design

Programme specification:

BA Fashion Design aspires to provide a broad conception of fashion that encompasses clothes, adornment and physical appearance. While it aims to equip the students with the ability of creating fashion, it also aims to acquaint them with a critical understanding of the range of theories and methods that inform fashion research, as well as fashion's relationship to historical context, cultural practices, social trends and values, and ideological assumptions.

Currently the programmes challenging scheme of study provides an emphasis on key specialisms each requiring independent enquiry, reflective practice and an academic understanding of global fashion design for the 21st Century. Central to the programme of study is learning through practical involvement, industrial relevance and commercial practice. Students are encouraged to pursue their personal design philosophy, and, where possible, to enter live competitions.

The programme comprises of two specialisms:
- Womenswear
- Menswear

At level one, all students take part in a year of common study and this will encompass elements of each specialisms. Contextual subjects examining the history and theory of art and design, the development of visual culture and the fundamentals of digital imaging are studied; these encourage students to develop awareness and judgement in relation to their studio practice and personal development. Where relevant, studio sessions are supported by practical demonstrations and formal lectures. Approaching the end of level one, students, in consultation with staff, will choose their specialism which will commence at level two.

Womenswear Specialism
Students will focus on the research, analysis, design and development of womenswear. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of cut, construction and fabric selection in all aspects of womenswear design. The Design Development & Portfolio module challenges students to develop a clear understanding of design processes involved in womenswear and related products at different market levels. Through the Garment Technology module students will gain a clear insight into the specific methods of pattern cutting for the development and production of womenswear sample garments. Moulage and tailoring will also be investigated. Students will be encouraged to reference industry publications to further develop their understanding of the womenswear market. Historical and theoretical optional modules further support this pathway.

Menswear Specialism
Students will focus on the research, analysis, design and development of menswear. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of cut, construction and fabric selection in all aspects of menswear design. The Design Development & Portfolio module challenges students to develop a clear understanding of design processes involved in menswear and related products at different and evolving market levels. Through the Garment Technology module students will gain a clear insight into the specific methods of pattern cutting with particular reference to tailoring and sportswear, for the development and production of menswear sample garments. Innovative manufacturing techniques will also be investigated.. Historical and theoretical optional modules further support this pathway.

Historical and theoretical optional modules further support this pathway.
In addition, level two students continue to engage in complementary studies in colour and digital imaging, design research and design management and marketing. At level three the students follow a programme of practical and theoretical self-directed study. This includes a written investigation into a subject of their choice and of relevance to the subject of fashion, choice and the opportunity to negotiate their final design project in consultation with a member of the academic staff. This will be within their specialist pathway and will lead to the production of a final design portfolio; students who have gained a suitable level of technical proficiency may opt to manufacture garments they have designed.

At each level students may choose to study subjects from a range optional modules from within the School or (at levels 1 or 2) discovery modules offered by other departments in the University. This allows students to tailor their academic study to their own interests and strengths, develop useful complementary skills such as languages, or gain knowledge that helps make them unique as graduates.

On completion of the programme graduates principally, but not exclusively, pursue careers in fashion design and related areas of retail and manufacture. Graduates have been successful in national and international competitions and find jobs with sought-after employers in the sector. The programme's emphasis on gaining academic and transferable skills equips students for a broad range of prestigious employment, enterprise or postgraduate opportunities.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as ’PFP’

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

DESN1250Fundamentals of Imaging20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
DESN1647Fashion Research & Design30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
DESN1648Fashion Product Technology30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
DESN1847Design History, Design Futures20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 0-20 credits from the following options modules:

DESN1248Sustainable Fashion20 creditsSemester 1
DESN1415Introduction to Photography (Digital)10 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
DESN1575Patterns and Culture10 creditsNot running in 202021
DESN1633Colour and the Design Process10 creditsSemester 2
DESN1658Fashion Brand Analysis10 creditsSemester 2
DESN1705Drawing 1A10 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
DESN1706Drawing 1B10 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
DESN1830Technologies for Art and Design10 creditsSemester 2

Students may also study 0-20 credits of Discovery Modules.

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to withdraw and introduce new optional modules in line with the annual review and development of teaching within the School. It may also be necessary on occasion to withdraw modules due to staff absence or very low enrolment numbers.

Students should note that they are not permitted to study the same module more than once.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of Discovery Modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as ’PFP’

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

DESN2287Research Methods20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
DESN2350Marketing Creativity and Innovation20 creditsSemester 1
DESN2667Fashion Product Realisation30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
DESN2668Fashion Research & Design Portfolio30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 0-20 credits from the following options modules:

DESN2139New Materialism: Science and Technology Meet Art, Craft and Design10 creditsSemester 1
DESN2147Introduction to Contemporary Moving Image Production20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
DESN2155Illustration10 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
DESN2248Strategic Fashion Management20 creditsSemester 2
DESN2265Art, Craft and Design Now: an international overview of contemporary practice10 creditsSemester 2
DESN2405Contemporary Art and Memory10 creditsSemester 2
DESN2415Photography (Digital)10 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
DESN2465Class, Taste and Society: Interpreting Designed Objects.10 creditsSemester 1
DESN2500Eco-Design: Understanding Design's Role in Global Ecology10 creditsSemester 2
DESN2525Design for Sports and Performance Clothing10 creditsSemester 1
DESN2633Colour: Art and Science10 creditsSemester 2
DESN2645Design Theory10 creditsNot running in 202021
DESN265720th Century Fashion History20 creditsSemester 1
DESN2705Cutting edge: Collage as reconfiguring10 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
DESN2721Book Arts10 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2

Students may also study 0-20 credits of Discovery Modules.

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to withdraw and introduce new optional modules in line with the annual review and development of teaching within the School. It may also be necessary on occasion to withdraw modules due to staff absence or very low enrolment numbers.

Students should note that they are not permitted to study the same module more than once.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of Discovery Modules


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as ’PFP’

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

DESN3559Fashion Innovation: Research and Analysis (Negotiated Project)
Pre-requisite for: DESN3568
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
DESN3563Portfolio: Research and Analysis (Negotiated Project)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
DESN3564Portfolio: Design and Content20 creditsSemester 2
DESN3660Independent Study Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students should note that the module DESN3563 Portfolio: Research & Analysis must be passed before work begins for DESN3564 Portfolio: Design and Content.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 0-20 credits from the following optional modules:

DESN3139New Materialism Studio: Theory Meets Practice20 creditsSemester 2
DESN3405Landscape, Place and Environment in Contemporary Art20 creditsSemester 1
DESN3445Time and the Image in Contemporary Art20 creditsSemester 1
DESN3568Fashion Innovation: Product (Negotiated Project)20 creditsSemester 2
DESN3582Fashion Styling and Photography20 creditsSemester 2, Semesters 1 & 2
DESN3585Collaborative Marketing and Promotion20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
DESN3725Information Design20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
DESN3765Brand Communications20 creditsSemester 1
DESN3770Contemporary Advertising20 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1

Students may also study 0-20 credits of Discovery Modules.

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to withdraw and introduce new optional modules in line with the annual review and development of teaching within the School. It may also be necessary on occasion to withdraw modules due to staff absence or very low enrolment numbers.

Students should note that they are not permitted to study the same module more than once.

Discovery modules:

Students may choose 0-20 credits of discovery modules. These must be at level 2 or level 3 unless they are special skills Discovery modules.

Last updated: 16/07/2020 09:30:13

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