Title: Year 2
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Year Two semester 1 is primarily a skills based learning structure, where technical and creative fashion and textiles skills development will anchor the student’s timetable. The aim of this module is to build on their foundation skill set through a series of workshops exploring key areas of Fashion and Textiles. This will equip them to select one of the 4 pathways on offer. Areas covered include; Research and Design; Pattern Cutting; Garment Construction; Sewing Skills; Drawing; Presentation; 2D and 3D Design Processes; Knitting Techniques; Weaving; Surface Embellishment; Hand Textile Techniques and Craft Processes; Pattern Cutting and Construction for Knitwear; Sustainable Design Practices, Fibres and Materiality; Introduction to Digital Drawing Skills for both Wovens and Print Design.
In Semester 2 the students will further engage in the full spectrum of skills-based learning in Fashion and Textiles. They will undertake a Research Trip that will further inform their specialization direction. For the remainder of the module the students focus on their chosen pathway and demonstrate the ability to apply their skills set to Design brief.
Title: Year 3
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Having engaged in the full spectrum of skills-based learning in Fashion and Textiles in Year 2, students have now selected one pathway from the following 4 options;
1 - Collection Design - Areas covered include the following; 1 - Design concepts - Students begin to develop personal themes and concepts. Identify appropriate fabric and trims in relation to a specific theme.2 - Technical pattern cutting and construction -Students manufacture a professionally finished look.3 - Technology - Introduction to the Illustrator program for design and production. 4 - Presentation - Students develop their skill set in presentation of sketchbooks and portfolios.
2 - Applied Textiles - 1 - Research and design in relation to textiles. 2 - Technical process and construction skills development and refinement. 3 - Technology - Introduction to digital design for print. Intelligent Textile Design, Digital fabrication for fashion and textiles 4 - Presentation - Students develop their presentation skill set with a focus on sketchbooks and portfolios.
3 - Technology - 1 - Introduction to Illustrator and tech packs 2 - Introduction to Gerber computerised pattern cutting 3 - Introduction to Clo 3D software design. 4 - Introduction to photoshop and digital presentation techniques.
4 - Sustainability - 1 -Introduction to sustainable design principles and practices. Research and design in relation to sustainable design concept development for fashion, textiles and product 2 - Technical process associated with, and specific to sustainable design 3 - Introduction to digital processes for sustainable design and intelligent textile design 4 - Industry research in sustainable design practices and the circular economy.
In Semester 2 students are finishing their final project pieces in each pathway. Students are also preparing for Placement, Practice or Exchange which will take place in March.
Title: Year 4
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Having returned from Practice, Placement or Exchange, students now return to their individual pathways for the final year where the focus is on developing an individual design style and suite of skills to support their design concepts. Students are encouraged to be self directed, innovative and forward thinking. They are encouraged to explore and develop their process of research and design in a mature and independent manner. The student will utilize their experience and knowledge gained so far, to advance their studio process to a professional standard.
In Semester 2, Students are now working on their final year project statement where the design development of an individual theme is further advanced and realised through 2D and 3D process. Students will produce patterns and develop samples that represent their acquired creative skills to date. They will manufacture quality product with contemporary and industrial finish. Students will also prepare an industry focused portfolio using analogue and digital technology. Students are also given the opportunity to enter design competitions such as the IDI Awards and Future Makers.
The Professional Placement, Practice or Exchange module is an integral part of the course and is designed to provide the opportunity for situated learning in an alternative professional or international context. Learners are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained so far in a professional setting and to share and reflect upon the activity as part of module assessment. Alternatively, students may opt for Erasmus Exchange which is based on the standard learning agreement between LSAD/TUS and the partner European Universities. International work placements have traditionally been part of the Fashion programme structure for over 30 years and has proven to be an important mechanism for tuning students to needs of the industry and trends within the market. It also helps to further direct them towards the type of work they want to find. Some placements to date include those with: Alexander Mc Queen in London, ColletteDinnegan in Australia, Krizia in Barcelona, Sharon Wauchaub in Paris, Daniel Palillo in Helsinki, AshishSoni in Delhi, Haider Ackermann inAntwerp and Marchesa in New York. Graduates leave the college having made a connection with industry. The strong alumni of graduates acts as a two way support mechanism and enhances the link between current graduates ,and graduates working within industry.