BA (Hons) Fashion Photography Leeds

BA (Hons) Fashion Photography Leeds

Course units

Year one

In the first term you will study two units.

Introduction to Study in Higher Education: Fashion Textiles aims to introduce you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent and collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.

The Design and Technical Process unit introduces you to textile design research methods and their relevance and application to the design process and the realisation of ideas. You will learn the importance of research in informing the originality of design and its realisation. Visual communication through an emphasis on drawing and exploration of techniques will be encouraged and you will be introduced to ways of recording your work in a visually stimulating, exciting and informative way by exploring a variety of methods and media. You will develop creative ideas that relate to and expand upon your visual references, and you will be introduced to and start to use the resources for embroidery to produce creative samples and consider 3D realisation. Induction in the Materials Library informs your knowledge of fabric identification and sourcing for fabrics for your embroidery specialism.

In the second term you will study two units.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.

Creative Context gives you the opportunity to build on your research, design development and technical core skills by conducting independent design and market research. You will develop design concepts and realise and present original samples through your specialism. This will give you experience of problem solving through using technical production methods. You will further develop your drawing and presentation skills, as well as learning IT programmes for design development, communication and presentation. Your development and use of colour in designing a range of textiles will be an important aspect of this unit.

In the third term you will do the Introduction to Industry Practice unit which introduces you to working collaboratively in design teams to answer a simulated or professional brief.  You will attend business and marketing lectures to inform the design philosophy and its appropriate market level that team members will work together to develop. This will determine the nature of the textile design that the team will produce as core pieces within a capsule collection. The team will collate relevant information, challenge and expand upon creative concepts and theories and relate this knowledge to working practice. You will learn about brand identity, market levels, customer profile, pricing and range building. This unit encourages team members to collaborate with each other to produce the best possible outcomes, and you will develop your networking, communication and presentation skills through creative problem solving. The use of CAD for the development of fashion textile design and presentation will be promoted.

Year two

In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment. 

Also in the first term, the Future Craft unit gives you the opportunity to consider the future of textile design through research and consideration of the environmental, social and cultural impact of your textiles on a global level. It will prepare you to predict, influence and inform forecasting as well as increasing your contextual knowledge, design development techniques and technical skills within your pathway. There will also be an emphasis on professionalism through portfolio presentation and the development of interpersonal skills through formative peer presentation. You will be asked to explore the possibilities of creating and promoting a range of fashion textiles to external clients, including real or simulated industry contacts, and / or cross course designers. You will further develop processes within the 2D and 3D translation of ideas, with a dual emphasis on the innovative use of hand / traditional / craft techniques and digital processes in order to create contemporary considered design proposals. Your use of appropriate industry-relevant software packages will be further developed in conjunction with the design and technical skills sessions, and these should be used as a vehicle for both experimentation and clear communication of ideas.

In the second term the Research Methods unit provides you with an opportunity to explore and experiment with different critical and methodological approaches to research, while also introducing you to a range of established research methods and the role of research within design and technology. The unit forms an introduction to the Contextualising Your Practice unit and establishes the relationship between theory and practice. You will also consider the relationship between primary and secondary sources, ways of developing and originating research, and methodologies for realising the research in a formal manner appropriate to your subject specialism. You will analyse the applications and any limitations. You will formulate a plan for future research into your subject specialism and construct a research proposal and presentation. This will prepare you for later projects where considerable research skills are needed to underpin your work.

Also in the second term the Designer Identity unit consolidates your learning so far and challenges you to consider your place, role and identity in the fashion textiles industry. You will explore your own design aesthetic and will investigate and produce a body of work that shows an individual and directional response to client, market and product. The research methods that you are studying simultaneously will underpin the initial stages and allow you to explore and develop a concept and subsequent themes. You will evidence research, analysis, design development, experimentation and manufacture through your design outcomes. There will be an emphasis on awareness of the market, and you will be expected to critically evaluate the quality of your design collection.

In the third term the Work Experience and Professional Studies unit gives you the opportunity to further develop your skills learnt on the course and apply them within a professional working environment. You will experience real industry problems and working practice and will be able to look at the ways in which the professional team members operate. You will be able to judge what opportunities exist for your career progression. You will be expected to take an analytical and reflective approach to the placement and you will produce visual and written material that documents your increased understanding of your experience.

Terms Two and Three will be reversed for some students to ensure that all students have a placement in industry.

Year three

In the first term the Design Synthesis unit informs and prepares you for your Final Major Project and will allow a full investigation into an exploratory research and practical journey towards a body of work showing innovative design and technical experimentation with material, process and potential garment solutions in 2D and/or 3D to be considered, dependent on your specialism. You will be expected to engage in textile sampling and prototype testing in 2D and/or 3D for both your design and technical portfolios, and the focus is on using your skills to show extensive documentation of creative experimentation. You will identify your proposed market level and customer, and produce a Statement of Intent which identifies your brand ethos and core philosophy as a fashion textile designer, in preparation for your Final Major Project. The completed investigations will form the basis of your collection for your Final Major Project.

Contextualising Your Practice in the first and second term affords you the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory and your ability to apply these in a specific study. You will research the topic you identified in the Research Methods unit, which will lead to the production of an extended essay. It is the opportunity for you to undertake a substantial piece of structured research that examines in depth practical and theoretical issues related to your field of practice; it will build on the critical debates and concerns raised throughout your course.

In terms two and three you will undertake your Final Major Project. This is the culmination of your undergraduate experience and gives you the opportunity to fully develop the work started in the Design Synthesis unit to produce a body of work that reflects a deep engagement with the exploration and development of your design ideas through to your final design collection. The final outcomes may be innovative individual fashion textile collections and / or 3D realisations through cross course collaborations with fashion pattern cutting students. You will be demonstrating rigorous analysis in the exploration and development of your design ideas for fashion textiles. You will be responding to and applying your findings, discovered through your investigation of the challenges of your chosen brief, and you will be evidencing your ability to construct, direct and organise an overall professional outcome, which will include a collection of fashion textile products, a professionally presented portfolio, supported by technical work and written analysis of personal career direction.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

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