Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

Degree Programme Specification 2018/2019

B.A. Honours in Textiles

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. This information is created when new programmes are established and is only updated periodically as programmes are formally reviewed. It is therefore only accurate on the date of last revision.
Awarding institution: The University of Edinburgh
Teaching institution: The University of Edinburgh
Programme accredited by:
Final award: BA (Honours)
Programme title: Textiles
UCAS code: J420
Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s):
Postholder with overall responsibility for QA: Stuart Bennett (Acting Principal)
Date of production/revision: 1 Nov’16

External summary

Textile students explore colour, pattern, texture and image manipulation through a wide-ranging approach to drawing and personal research. Students are encouraged to embrace new technology and develop new ways of working and approaches alongside the study of traditional textile techniques in both print and embroidery. Cross programme collaborations combined with industrial projects aid the students in contextualising their place within the textile industry, offering them a rich and stimulating education and preparing them for future employment. Textiles graduates from Edinburgh College of Art are renowned for their excellent drawing skills and clear understanding of the requirements of industry alongside an innovative and professional approach to the discipline. Integrated with the practical studio work, contextual and theoretical studies provide a sound understanding of the holistic nature of contemporary textile design.

Educational aims of programme

The main programme aims are:

  • To promote a commitment to excellence as the prevailing standard for each activity within Textiles;
  • To develop in students the ability to research and generate ideas relevant to the solution of Textiles problems through specialist subject provision;
  • To develop in students a strong visual vocabulary in order to externalise ideas;
  • To develop in students a spirit of initiative and adventure both in developing their own work and in serving their client(s)/audiences;
  • To develop in students the capacity for both independent and group enquiry and research at a level expected of first degree study;
  • To develop students’ ability to make informed value judgements by which to assess their work and the work of others;
  • To develop in students sufficient manual skills and technical knowledge to control production processes related to Interior design;
  • To develop in students the communications skills, both verbal and written, appropriate to their studio work;
  • To develop students’ understanding of the cultural, historical, commercial and professional contexts of Textiles;
  • To develop students’ understanding of the ethical and professional principles involved within Textiles.
  • To improve the exploration, curiosity, ambition, depth and breadth of creative practice in a systematic and insightful manner;
  • To encourage students to conceptualise and review their creative process and take incisive control over the direction of their practice;
  • To critically evaluate and employ contemporary debates regarding practice-based research, practice-led research and cognate creative methodologies;
  • To provide students with requisite knowledge and research skills to creatively contextualise their practice and imaginatively demonstrate its wider validity;
  • To continually meet the rapidly changing needs, expectations, aspirations and experiences of today’s graduate students by improving their professional attributes.

Programme outcomes: Knowledge and understanding

Students will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge of:

  • key theories, practices, contexts and debates in relation to Textiles design.
  • a range of appropriate creative methods, techniques and approaches in response to Textiles design project briefs.
  • contemporary creative practice and user/audience needs.
  • appropriate methodologies and strategies for the professional presentation, distribution and documentation of work
  • the use of a range of appropriate materials, methodologies and strategies in relation to individual Textiles design practice.

Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • issues-based approaches to creative and intellectual endeavour
  • the appropriate use of materials and processes and their development through  transparent iterative methodologies
  • how practitioners personally conceptualise briefs.
  • the philosophical and professional context for the discipline
  • the role of the evaluation of original creative concepts in response to research findings through critical assessment

Programme outcomes: Graduate attributes - Skills and abilities in research and enquiry

Graduates in Textiles will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of:

  • a range of appropriate research methods.
  • the use of a variety of practical and theoretical approaches to demonstrate an investigation of set and personally initiated research themes
  • critical enquiry that leads to the visual, verbal and written communication of ideas in an analytical manner.
  • the role of critical analysis and reflective appraisal in the context of set research themes.
  • issues arising from research and its role in challenging established precepts and assumptions

Programme outcomes: Graduate attributes - Skills and abilities in personal and intellectual autonomy

Graduates in Textiles will be able to:

  • adopt a broad-ranging and flexible approach to study, identifying their own learning needs and pursuing activities designed to meet these needs in increasingly autonomous ways.
  • with minimal guidance,  manage their own learning using a wide range of resources appropriate to subject/profession,  seeking and making effective use of feedback.

Programme outcomes: Graduate attributes - Skills and abilities in communication

Graduates in Textiles will be able to:

  • communicate in a clear structured and concise way, in writing and orally, in formal academic and professional styles.
  • confidently communicate, present and demonstrate ideas, both formally and informally, in a variety of contexts at the threshold of professional practise.

Programme outcomes: Graduate attributes - Skills and abilities in personal effectiveness

Graduates in Textiles will be able to:

  • clearly demonstrate an ability to independently define and analyse self-initiated project proposals for specific design contexts.
  • confidently select and apply a range of facts, concepts and elements in a cohesive, independent manner to produce new solutions to both externally set, and self-initiated proposals.
  • confidently apply their own criteria and support independent judgements in a fully autonomous way.
  • be increasingly independent, confident and flexible in identifying and defining complex problems and in the application of methods appropriate to their solution, at the threshold of professional practice.

Programme outcomes: Technical/practical skills

The range of technical and practical skills which may be acquired in the programme, both analogue and digital, is potentially very wide. Students have considerable choice in how they build their technical and practical skill set which is developed over their period of study.

Graduates in Textiles will be able to:

  • clearly demonstrate confidence, independence and professionalism in the application of software/hardware to specific contexts.
  • clearly demonstrate appropriately personalised use and application of information retrieval and networked communications within specific contexts.

Programme structure and features

Programme structure

The programme follows a well-defined structure in which, in common with other programmes in the Design sector, only the results from the final year of study are used in calculating the degree award.

1st Year

Course ref

Course title

SCQF credits

SCQF level

DESI07033

Design Studio 1

40

7

DESI07023

Design Research 1

40

7

DESI07013

Design Collaboration 1

20

7

DESI07012

Design Context 1

20

7

 

120

 

Exit Award: Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

2nd Year

Course ref

Course title

SCQF credits

SCQF level

DESI08041

Design Studio 2

40

 8

DESI08031

Design Research 2

40

8

DESI08021

Design Collaboration 2

20

8

 

DESI08051

DESI08052

DESI08053

DESI08054

Design Context 2 (choose one from the following)

Visual Narratives

Design & Society

Modernism & After

Issues in Contemporary Cinema

20

20

20

20

                 8

                 8

                 8

                 8                

 

120

 

Exit Award: Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)

3rd Year (Semester 1)

Course ref

Course title

SCQF credits

SCQF level

DESI09071

Design Externality 3 Major

40

9

DESI09026

Design Research & Context

20

9

 

OR

 

 

DESI09049

Design Externality 3 Minor

20

9

DESI09026

Design Research & Context

20

9

 

plus 20-credit elective

20

8 or 9

 

OR

 

 

DESI09048

Design Externality 3 Work-Based Placement

40

9

DESI09027

Research & Context 3

20

9

3rd Year (Semester 2)

DESI09089

Design Externality 3 Major

40

9

DESI09030

Design Research & Context

20

9

 

OR

 

 

DESI09035

Design Externality 3 Minor

20

9

DESI09030

Design Research & Context

20

9

 

plus 20-credit elective

20

8 or 9

 

OR

 

 

DESI09088

Design Externality 3 Work-Based Placement

40

9

DESI09031

Research & Context 3 (Sem 2)

20

9

 

120

 

Exit Award: Batchelor of Arts (360 credits)

4th Year

Course ref

Course title

SCQF credits

SCQF level

DESI10040

Design Studio 4

40

10

DESI10027

Design Research

40

10

DESI10022

Professional Design Practice

20

10

DESI10006

Design Context 4

20

10

 

 

120

 

Exit Award: Batchelor of Arts with Honours (480 credits)

Teaching and learning methods and strategies

The student journey in Textiles is characterised by sequential, experiential and iterative learning and pedagogically follows a constructivist model, subscribing to the view that: knowledge and understanding are not acquired passively but in an active manner through personal experience and experiential activities; and that learning is based on problem solving and/or an exploration of a particular line of enquiry and active engagement with ideas.

The third year is the main focus for student choice, where students are expected to propose a study plan comprising a portfolio of externally-facing activities which may typically include periods of exchange, internship, electives, live projects or competitions.

Assessment methods and strategies

For the majority of their studies students will not encounter prescriptive assessment where the absolute answers are known in advance of setting the assessed task. Assessment however is rigorous and robust and depends upon significant involvement of whole programme teams to ensure objectivity, accuracy, consistency and fairness to the students concerned.

Students receive regular formative feedback on their progress which is related directly to the published learning outcomes in their Course Descriptors and in their coursework material, such as project briefs and individual study plans;

The grading of student work is undertaken with close reference to the published learning outcomes and assessment criteria, for the Course Descriptor and for the particular piece(s) of work being assessed;

The method of assessment used is appropriate to the learning outcome(s) being assessed and the student’s performance for each individual learning outcome can be effectively examined and graded where a single method of assessment is used to examine more than one learning outcome;

Students are made fully aware of how they are being assessed and what is being assessed, against the published criteria.

Career opportunities

Our graduates enjoy the international reputation of the department, with its excellent employment record. Graduates enter a wide variety of careers, including working in design studios or as freelance designers, as fashion and interior stylists, in trends prediction, as designer/makers, or in retail buying, management and education. We promote key links with the Scottish textiles industry to develop collaborative and professional projects, and also embrace the opportunities offered by joint projects with fashion, product and interior design. Our students are also supported in finding work placements during their studies.

Other items

Student/ Staff Liaison

Student representatives make a significant contribution to Programme Committees. They are responsible for canvassing the views of their fellow students on agenda items and, most importantly, informing them of the content and outcome of Programme Committee Meetings. Students are advised to make use of EUSA help in training for their role as representatives and in Committee procedures.

Student representatives are appointed annually. Invitations for nominations, seconded by at least two other students, are posted in the studio at the beginning of each year. A secret ballot is held if more than the requisite number of nominations is received by the closing date.

International Study/Exchange Programme

The School of Design believes that the addition of an international dimension to our degree programmes provides significant educational and social benefits for our students. We therefore encourage our students to participate in Erasmus and other international exchanges with approved partners, usually in Year 3 (Level 9).

Personal Tutors

All students are assigned a Personal Tutor on admission to the degree programme, who oversees the course of the student’s degree programme, offers advice on academic matters and should be the student’s first point of contact for course-related worries or concerns.