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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DESN5326M Fashion Futures

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Caroline Hemingray

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

DESN5301M Fashion Futures

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In this module, students will explore different forms of innovation in fashion, and use this research (both visual and written) to inform the development and design of their own future fashion products. Students will need to consider the global, social and commercial parameters, and identify a suitable market level, brand and customer for their innovative designs.


This module aims to introduce and nurture fashion innovation thinking and practical skills for future fashion product design. 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
1. Ability to research independent areas of interest in relation to the development of innovative and contemporary fashion garments;
2. Demonstrate individual & creative expertise in order to develop innovative design concepts within stated commercial parameters;
3. Ability to contextualise and position innovative design concepts within the global fashion industry;
4. Develop creative and professional presentation skills in order to present all work to a professional and commercial standard.

Skills outcomes
Students taking this module will:
1. Explore, research and develop an understanding of different forms of innovation in fashion
2. Develop unique perspectives and ideas on the future of fashion products
3. Identify relevant global, social and commercial contexts for their innovative ideas and designs
4. Develop practical and digital design skills through the production of final designs and the research and development journal


Students will be introduced to different forms of innovation in fashion (for example; innovative design, garment construction, technology, materials, ethical/political/social/environmental fashion etc.) through a series of lectures. These lectures will act as a catalyst for students to develop their own innovative ideas and concepts which they will need to support with relevant contextual and market research. Students’ own research and development process will be supported through seminars, tutorials and studio sessions where fashion design, professional presentation and illustration skills will be developed.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Studio Time43.0012.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours95.00
Total Contact hours45.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Visual Research: 20 hours;
Library Research: 25 hours;
Design Development: 25 hours;
Preparation and presentation of final work: 25 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Academic integrity task: Half way through the module, students will be required to submit a 500 word mini-essay on their area of research innovation. This mini-essay will test student’s writing, citation and referencing skills. The mini-essay will be submitted to ‘Turnitin’ and students will be permitted to view the Turnitin report. The module leader will go through the mini-essay and Turnitin report with students to identify best practice and advise students on areas for improvement before the final submission of the research and development journal.

Students will also have 2 x 0.5-hour tutorials throughout the semester, as well as practical classes, which will provide ongoing opportunity for formative feedback. One of the 0.5-hour tutorials will be an individual tutorial to discuss the academic integrity task.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio2,500 – 3,500 word research and development journal60.00
PracticalFinal design concepts (pillowcase prototype and final mood boards)40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

If students fail the final design concepts then the resit will be submission of 5 new mood boards (not a new pillowcase garment). If access to campus is not possible – all final design concepts will be digital.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:23:17


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