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Fashion & Textiles for Product & Costume - Higher Certificate

Course Code: LC111


Level

6

Duration

2 Years

Department

Art & Design


CAO Points

N/A

Course Type

Direct Entry

Location

Clare Street

This unique 2 year Higher Certificate in Design in Fashion Knitwear and Textiles offers students the opportunity of training in fashion knitwear design and production within the clothing /garment sector and also knitted textile design and production, focusing on areas beyond fashion and clothing, i.e., accessories for fashion, interior accessories and fine art textiles. A BA in Fashion Knitwear and Textiles is in development which will offer students a pathway to progress from the Higher Certificate programme. The programme offers students the exciting prospect of placement and the opportunity to work on live, collaborative projects within the knit industry sector. The popularity of Knit as an option within the existing BA in Fashion Design programme is evidenced by previous successes of Fashion students in recent knit competitions. e.g., RDS Competition in Knit and Crochet (2011) Persil Fashion Awards (2010 and international Feel the Yarn and Mittelmoda competitions. Graduates who have specialised in knit include Orlaith O’Connor and Katarzyna Wypych who have shown their graduate knit collections in Shanghai (2010) and Washington DC (2010). However, there is an increased demand for the knit specialisation in Fashion at both Irish and international level, and this programme aims to meet this growing need.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. Mathematics is not a subject requirement for this programme. A Portfolio is required. Applicants will be accepted to this course based on a combination of Leaving Certificate/QQI FET/FETAC results and Portfolio Assessment. The Portfolio will be scored out of 600 with a minimum score of 240 required to pass.

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 credits.

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mature Applicants (i.e., over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements but will be obliged to successfully complete the Portfolio requirement. 
 

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Art and Design Critical and Contextual Studies 1

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the disciplines and vocabularies of Art and Design History. To familiarise them with established concepts and themes in art and design history and to introduce students to a range of contemporary issues and debates within visual practice. The module aims to teach students basic skills of looking, speaking, and writing analytically in relation artefacts. It aims to develop the students ability to contextualise their practice.


    Title: Art and Design Critical and Contextual Studies 2

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the disciplines and vocabularies of Art and Design History. To familiarise them with established concepts and themes in art and design history and to introduce students to a range of contemporary issues and debates within visual practice. It aims to introduce students to concepts relative to the concerns of specific discipline practices.


    Title: Fashion and Textiles 2

    Credits: 20

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    This module will focus on the development of a personal process of research and design development which will reflect the individual approach of the student. Students will learn technical process and techniques for product and costume design.


    Title: Professional Practice 1

    Credits: 5

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    Develop an awareness of professional practice with the fashion and textile industries


    Title: Stage One Core Common Modules for Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Fine Art and Design

    Credits: 25

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    The programmes at LSAD aim to assist students to become confident, articulate, informed, creative and expressive practitioners, who will be capable of making significant contributions in their own particular fields of contemporary culture. The Stage One Art and Design Programme begins this process by providing students with the necessary stimuli to encourage self-confidence, self-motivation, and an appetite for knowledge, which will drive their creative practice. Year one recognises the wide variety of backgrounds from which it draws its students. It recognises ethnic, cultural and gender diversity which are the basis of individual originality. The programme endeavours to provide students with the necessary skills, vocabulary and contextual knowledge to progress to the second year of Honours Degree studies.


  • Year 2

    Title: Critical and Contextual Studies (Design) 3

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to demonstrate the significance of twentieth century design and the contexts from which it emerges, providing students with models of analytical evaluation of the design (and art) of the period. To develop students’ critical engagement with significant developments within their practice. To develop students’ ability to participate in debate and discussion in relation to concepts presented in the course, to question contexts in which art/design is created and meanings produced, applying different approaches in the evaluation ideas and artworks/artefacts relevant to a given topic.


    Title: Critical and Contextual Studies (Design) 4

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to demonstrate the significance of twentieth century and twenty-first century design and the contexts from which it emerges, providing students with models of analytical evaluation of the design of the period. To demonstrate a variety of methods of critical engagement with design, introducing the idea of an inter-disciplinary approach to the interpretation of design and visual culture from diverse periods. To assist students in situating their practice within appropriate contexts. To develop students’ ability to participate in debate and discussion in relation to concepts presented in the course, to question contexts in which design is created and meanings produced, applying different approaches in the evaluation of ideas and artefacts relevant to a given topic.


    Title: Fashion and Textiles 3

    Credits: 20

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    This module focuses on further developing the student’s personal process of research and design development in response to specific brief. Students will be introduced to hand flat machine knitting techniques, pattern cutting and construction techniques for knitwear and Shima Seiki Knit technology introduction and transparency in textiles.


    Title: Fashion and Textiles 4

    Credits: 25

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    This module focuses on further developing skills in research and design enhancing the students’ creative process of enquiry/investigation. Students will continue to explore fashion and textiles relevant to their personal process creating a personal body of work which refelcts their preferred area of interest.


    Title: Professional Practice 2

    Credits: 5

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    Enhance awareness and understanding of professional practice with regard to fashion and textiles for product and costume.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Students who succesfully complete this programme will be able to progress on to level 7 and 8 programmes in LSAD.

What are the career prospects?

On completion of the programme, potential areas of employment include: Fashion Knitwear Design (for fashion house, for own label, working freelance), Knit Technology , Designing for swatching agencies, Trend Forecasting, Accessory design, Textile design, Fine art textile practitioner, Ethical sourcing, Marketing, Costumier, Stylist, Fashion Show production, Online resource development, Fashion buying/distribution/merchandising, Fashion Illustration.

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