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83231 Fashion Cultures

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject encourages students to further investigate fashion practice through design investigation while integrating individual research into studio activities. A lecture series provides an overview of the relationship between cultural innovation and the fashioned body in relation to a number of historical and contemporary fashion cultures. This subject addresses sustainable fashion practice and future fashion practice. Design studios provide a practical context for the exploration of fashion practice in relation to alternative garment-making methodologies, creative process, process documentation, reflective practice and image-making. This subject also encompasses a collaborative project called TEAM UPS, where students have the opportunity to work with an honours student in the development of their Major Project: Fashion Collection. The subject culminates in the creation of an original fashion design project enabling the student to position fashion design practice as a form of cultural research.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Understand how the design process is applied and practiced in fashion
2. Carry out independent research to inform the design process
3. Conceptualise and articulate knowledge of the significance of fashion in culture and society during the 20th century, through both visual and theoretical research
4. Analyse and evaluate the relationship of clothing design to the human form
5. Demonstrate competency in communicating visual and oral concepts.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Awareness of social and ethical responsibilities (A.2)
  • Demonstrated understanding of appropriate academic and professional practice in the acknowledgement of others' work and ideas (A.3)
  • Effective communication skills encompassing performative, oral, visual and written forms (C.2)
  • Ability to respond to constructive criticism and feedback (C.3)
  • Development of an original aesthetic sensibility (I.1)
  • Ability to speculate, experiment, challenge boundaries and take risks (I.2)
  • Ability to use technology competently, appropriately and creatively (I.3)
  • Ability to use, acquire and integrate relevant technical skills (P.2)
  • Accuracy, rigour and care (P.5)
  • Ability to undertake in-depth research, including both visual and written forms (R.1)
  • Ability to reflect on practice and research (R.3)
  • Capacity to interpret complex ideas (R.4)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject is interdisciplinary and contributes to the five CAPRI Faculty Graduate Attribute categories

C = Communication and Groupwork
A = Attitudes and Values
P = Practical and Professional
R = Research and Critique
I = Innovation and Creativity

This subject encourages student learning to develop these graduate attributes. The course content, learning strategies and assessment structure is explicitly designed with these attributes in mind.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject involves weekly sessions including a 1 hour lecture and a 2 hour 30 minute design studio. The subject is facilitated through a combination of lectures, design studio and student presentations. Where relevant, site visits are contented into the program to promote research methods relevant to the field. Lectures promote theoretical inquiry and observation of case studies and pre-empt design studio. They provide forums for explanation and contextualisation of briefs. Face-to-face classes incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, discussions, studio activities, group work and student presentations. These are complemented by independent student reading, reflection on studio work, and individual project work and collaborative activities.

Collaborative tasks involve working with a studio partner starting in week 2 to generate design ideas for Undo/Reform (see Assessment 1 project brief). The format of this collaboration is to work together to generate innovative ideas on live bodies, whilst offering and receiving feedback and constructive criticism. Regular collaborative feedback and critique sessions are integrated into weekly design studios and Task 1 Presentation in Week 5. Informal feedback will be given to students weekly in the studio sessions by the Design Tutor which will help students progress within the subject. Lecture and studio activities include: note taking, reflective writing, undertaking readings, visual and conceptual research, web research and iterative design work in the form of visual and material based exploration. Students will record iterative design development process in an A4 journal to document their work process, visual and written research and design development in Task 1, 2 and 3. The rationale for studio is to simulate the activities employed by fashion design professionals in industry practice. Weekly program content is subject to change.

There are a number of online resources used to support the learning objectives of this subject. A detailed overview of the pedagogy and associated tasks and assessment items are included in the subject documents. Also online are essential and recommended readings. Significantly, the readings support both lecture series and studio sessions.

Feedback is provided weekly by the studio teacher in response to student's iterative design development work. It is the student's responsibility to record this verbal feedback given during feedback sessions, which will assist how iterative development is accessed and assessed.

Assessment feedback is provided via RE:View. Students are notified via email once feedback and assessment has been completed and is available via Re:View.

Content (topics)

The subject covers the following topic areas:

  1. The evolution of fashion in the 20th century: analysis of the historical, technological, cultural and socio-political factors that have influenced fashion.
  2. Further study of the principles of the design process in the context of fashion and textile design.
  3. The critical analysis of design and own practice.
  4. The importance of theory to underpin design practice.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Design Project

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3, 4 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.2, A.3, C.2, I.1, I.2, P.2, R.1 and R.3

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 35%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Attendance, participation and week to week progress 11 1 A.2
Comprehensiveness of design development process documented through photography, sketching with written annotation 11 1 A.3
Clarity and insightfulness of written reflections or design process with concluding reflective statement 11 5 R.3
Demonstrated use of additional research material/sources/tasks to inform design process 11 3 R.1
Originality and creativity of garment 11 1 I.2
Inventive re-use of materials and elements 11 4 I.2
Demonstrated exploration of silhouette and form 11 4 I.1
Consideration of make of final piece 11 4 P.2
Communication and presentation of design work 12 5 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Design and Research component - Research Report + Design project

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.2, C.2, I.3, P.5 and R.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Creativity and Imaginative richness of Future Scenario 17 1 R.1
Creativity and Imaginative richness of written Persona 17 2 R.1
Clarity of visual sensibility communicated by Moodbook 17 2 I.3
Quality of Future Research referenced from relevant sources 17 5 C.2
Accuracy, rigour and care in finished outcome 17 1 P.5
Attendance, participation and week to week progress 15 1 A.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Fashion Design Project

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3, 4 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.2, C.3, I.1, I.2, P.5, R.3 and R.4

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 35%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrated ability to utilize your conceptual base derived from research 15 3 R.4
Innovation, originality and creativity of collection 15 4 I.2
Demonstrated consideration of design alternatives subsequently developed and refined to final outcome (scope of design exploration) 14 1 C.3
Creativity of materiality and fabrication 14 4 I.1
Clarity & insightfulness of written reflections on process 14 5 R.3
Quality of overall submission package 14 1 P.5
Overall attendance, attentiveness and preparedness for studio 14 1 A.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

The minimum class attendance requirement is 80%.
Please note students are expected to attend their allocated studio on Friday plus a lecture. Students are expected to attend for all contact hours. Attendence is recorded in lectures and studio. Week to week attendence and particiation for all studios will be recorded and is an assessable component of the subject.

Required texts

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Recommended texts

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Other resources

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