Module
descriptions

for Integrated Design Foundation programmes

Core modules

Ideas

This module will enable you to generate and develop creative, fresh ideas in art and design, and will teach you to apply this fundamental knowledge.

Make

This module will enable you to apply and improve your technical ability in a range of media, traditional and digital, as you bring your creative ideas into realisation. You will also learn how to present your art and design work effectively.

Research

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of research strategies and techniques and your awareness of contextual, theoretical and historical perspectives. You will develop critical-thinking skills in evaluating and applying research material.

Specialist option modules

Fashion Design

This module offers a broad introduction to the fashion design process. You will gather research and design and construct items in response. These items will be documented through photography and styling exercises. The module introduces the use of basic manufacturing processes and construction techniques, together with the study skills that are integral to the design process. You will make or deconstruct several basic items that you have designed in response to a given brief.

Fashion Marketing

This module introduces the fashion industry and the different contexts in which it operates. You will learn about the structure of the industry, the way fashion works and how to stay ahead in this fast-paced industry. You will explore the fashion marketing environment and be introduced to fundamental marketing research skills, tools and methodologies. You will experience creating fashion images, a fashion shoot, and will be involved, where possible, in fashion show and events. By starting to research contemporary fashion companies, you will learn about fashion products, consumers and the marketplace. You will debate current fashion business and marketing issues and learn to present your ideas, working both as part of a team and individually. The module culminates in a collaborative project.

Interior Design

This module prepares you for your undergraduate degree path by providing you with knowledge, understanding and technical skills in the area of interior design.  You will gain a broad understanding of spatial principles and concepts for interior environments, and explore how human needs (cultural, social, political and economic) may be met through spatial solutions. You will learn about the design process and start to develop your own skills, tools and work methodologies. You will also explore the design of space through photography, film, drawing and graphics, and test your ideas through material research, model making, installations and spatial interventions.

Design in Industry

The module gives you first-hand experience of the exciting and constantly evolving area of design. You will develop your understanding of the scale and breadth of contemporary forms and practices within the broader design environment. This module will prepare you to develop and apply design skills within an industry context.