Major, Joint or Minor in BA Creative Arts: Mixed Media Textiles Campus: Sion Hill Why Study Mixed Media Textiles as part of a BA Creative Arts Degree? The Creative Arts award gives you an opportunity to combine two creative subjects in one degree. There are opportunities to make work that combines both of your chosen disciplines and to take part in collaborations with students from other departments. As a Mixed Media Textiles student you will be working within the Department of Fashion, Textiles and Product Development in the Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University. The school has an excellent range of specialist workshops and equipment, which includes the following: Printed Textiles - a very well equipped wet print room plus a digital suite with Mimake printers for fabric, wallpaper and photographic work. There is also a laser cutter, which can be used on a wide variety of fabrics and materials plus several industrial heat presses. Embroidered Textiles – we have a multihead embroidery machine, a wide range of industrial machinery including an Irish and a Corneli machine, a tufting machine as well as domestic sewing machines and equipment for embroidery Woven Textiles – Hand and electric looms, jacquard looms, computerized looms with Scotweave software and cone to cone winding, hanking machinery and tapestry frames. Knitted Textiles – Industrial Dubied machines for fine gauge, circular and fully-fashioned knitwear, Computerised knitting machines with Designaknit software as well as standard domestic knitting machines. There are also a wide range of knitting accessories and craft equipment available for Hand-knitting, crochet, netting and braiding. Felted Textiles – we have the equipment and materials available for hand felting and also have a large needle felting machine and a variety of domestic embellishing machines available There is a well-stocked yarn store within the department for sampling yarns and fibres and a selection of shade cards and catalogues from which you can order your own yarns The teaching staff are all practicing artists and professionals who have wide and varied experience in making and exhibiting work, and we have the support of an excellent team of technicians If you are interested in ....... All aspects of Contemporary Mixed Media Textiles If you enjoy.... Drawing Textile Art Textile Design Fabric Manipulation Embroidery Weave and Knit Craft Techniques Printing and Painting onto Fabric If you want.... To become a practitioner in the creative arts and associated industries, and would like to develop your entrepreneurial and visual communication skills. What will I study? During the course you will experience a wide range of creative textile practices First year modules include workshops in drawing and design, basic skills and dyestuffs, embroidered, knitted, woven and printed textiles as well as traditional craft techniques. In the Second Year you will further develop your technical and creative skills and ideas via your negotiated self-directed project. There will be a range of specialist technical workshops in Mixed Media Textile techniques. Lectures and seminars in the second year encourage a more in depth analysis of textiles theory and practice. You will also have the experience of participating in a live project or competition. Third year studies concentrate on producing a collection of work for your final degree show, as well as developing your awareness of your own studio work in relation to contemporary textile design and practice. Which modules will I study? You can view a full guide to the modules you have to study as part of your chosen pathway, along with a full range of option modules available further on in this handbook. What career opportunities are open to me if I study Mixed Media Textiles? Graduates career opportunities include: textile artist, freelance textile designer, stylist for fashion or interior textiles, designer- maker, entrepreneur, teacher (subject to PGCE), community arts worker, workshop leader, curator, textile arts management, textile arts administrator, media, creative industries, costume designer. Popular Combinations with Mixed Media Textiles Art Ceramics Music Creative Writing Drama Dance Education What can I combine with Mixed Media Textiles? We have a range of different combinations and you can choose from a number of pathways – please see the Creative Arts handbook for the full list Programme structure Year 1 – Level 4 Module TD4001 The first year of the mixed media textiles subject consists of one 40-credit core module that stretches over 26 weeks and three terms. Timetabled contact time is 4 hours per week. You should allow a further 11 hours a week for independent study to complete this module. You will undertake short introductory projects in drawing; colour and design, basic skills and natural dyes as well as project work in printed, knitted, woven and embroidered textiles. A portfolio presentation of your practical coursework and research (textile samples, sketchbooks and notebooks), an oral presentation, a 2000 word essay and an employability case study, are required at formative and final assessment points throughout the year. A subject timetable, giving you these important dates, will be given to you at the beginning of the module. At the end of the module your portfolio of coursework and your research materials will be assessed alongside your employability case study. For the main part of this case study, you will be asked to reflect on and assess the skills you have gained during the module. An essential part of this study must contain research into prospective career paths, which as a result of your studies, you feel have been made available to you. The teaching is made up of practical workshop tuition, one to one tutorials, group discussions, seminars, lectures, study trips, talks and critiques. All students will present work at peer assessment meetings during each module. Attendance of all studio and workshop sessions is of the utmost importance. Signing in sheets and registers will be made available. Please see the "Undergraduate Modular Scheme A Guide for Students" for procedures regarding legitimate absence. Year 2 – Level 5 Module TD5001 The second year of mixed media textiles consists of one 40-credit core module that stretches over 26 weeks and three terms. Timetabled contact time, during which lecturers are available for workshops, tutorials, seminars and lectures, is 4 hours per week. You should allow a further 11 hours a week for independent study to complete this module. The emphasis in the second year is on you developing your individual ideas, increasing your ability to control your chosen medium and building on your understanding of the context and theory within which you are working. At the beginning of this module you will be asked to submit a proposal that identifies the subject areas in which you wish to work. You can choose from the main areas of weave, knit, print, or embroidery. You will be encouraged to cross the conventional boundaries of techniques and materials to create mixed media textiles, which are innovative, and you will be asked to consider the ethical, social and environmental issues of your practice. Your will then discuss your proposal with a tutor who has experience in your chosen area and a plan of study and research will be agreed. During the module you will be expected to participate in regular group tutorials. These will give you the opportunity to discuss and share your research into materials and techniques with your peer group and will help you to develop further ideas for your studio practice. A member of staff will support the group. Although your proposal is essential in mapping out your route for the module, it is expected that some of your aims and objectives will change as your practice develops. Therefore your proposal will be reviewed by both yourself and your tutors halfway through the module, at a formative portfolio assessment. You will also be expected to maintain a dialogue with your tutors throughout the module, by signing up for regular one to one tutorials to discuss your work. These tutorials will also identify any areas of specialist technical tuition that you will need for you to achieve the aims set out in your proposal. At various assessment points throughout the year you will be asked to produce a reflective journal, a short oral presentation and a portfolio of your studio work with supporting materials – textile samples, sketchbooks and notebooks. You may be asked to present your portfolio to members of the staff team, or to display a selection of your work as an exhibition. A subject timetable, giving you these important assessment points, will be given to you at the beginning of the module. The short oral presentation is supported by a series of lectures that aim to introduce you to the ways in which textile artists and designer makers have used ideas and theoretical frameworks to produce and discuss contemporary textile practice. In the presentation you will be asked to identify one of these frameworks, and use it to explore a chosen textile artist, or group of textile artists work. The reflective journal is supported by a series of lectures and seminars given by practicing textile artists and designers. These lectures will give you an example of the way in which contemporary practitioners use their research and experience to inform their studio practice. For this journal you will be asked to demonstrate how your own research has affected the way in which your practical work is made. You will also be asked to make independent museum and gallery visits during your self directed time and will be given a list of places to go and research to gather information At the end of the module you will be asked to reflect on your progress throughout the year and to complete a form designed to help you with this self-evaluation process. This document is seen as an essential tool to help you identify areas of study you wish to undertake when you progress into your final year. You should keep sketchbooks, in support of and as back up to, practical work. These may contain drawings, writings, photographs, technical information and material references. Additional supporting work may include textile sampling, technical folders and research, as well as any other work that you make during this process of experimentation. Sketchbooks and other supporting work are an essential part of the working process and should be submitted along with final works at relevant assessment points throughout the module. Links can be made across subject areas but any fundamental changes of specialism should be notified to all staff so that tutors are aware of your decision. The teaching is made up of one to one tutorials, group discussions, seminars, lectures, talks, practical workshop tuition (where identified) and critiques. All students will present work at peer assessment meetings during each module. Regular attendance is essential, registers and signing in sheets will be kept to monitor this. Year 2 Level 5 AR5090 Professional Studies Module The department also runs a 40-credit optional professional studies module for all second year students taking Creative Arts modules within the school of Art and Design. This stretches over 26 weeks and three terms. This module will give you a chance to be part of an exhibition, at a recognized gallery space in Bath. You will be responsible for all aspects of organizing the exhibition, from deciding whether to curate to a theme, designing posters and invitations to organizing and handling a budget. It gives you the experience of working closely with a group of fellow students across creative subjects in a professional context. The module is supported by a series of practical demonstrations aimed at developing your transferable skills. These range from professionally photographing your work to creating a blog or simple website. There will also be lectures from visiting practitioners, gallery curators and businesses offering insights and advice on how to develop your entrepreneurial skills and career prospects. You will also be introduced to and expected to make full use of the University’s careers guidance service. Year 3 – Level 6 Module TD6003 The third year mixed media textile subject consists of one 40-credit core module that stretches over 26 weeks and three terms. Timetabled contact time, during which lecturers are available for tutorials, seminars and lectures, varies according to your personal timetable. The emphasis of this year is to further develop your practical work and your ability to articulate ideas and relate these to other textile artists and designer’s studio practice and theoretical work. This module should build on your second year studies with the continuation of your self-directed studio practice. The primary aim of this module is for you to develop your independent study by producing a body of work for a final exhibition. During the module you should begin to develop and display a harmony that consolidates your work as a whole. You will be expected to plan and organize an original and appropriate method in which to display your final collection of work and you should make explicit the relationship between your research, your ideas and your methods of production. Sketchbooks, notebooks and research folders are essential and should be kept as support and back up for your practical work. They should clearly indicate the areas and methods of research that inform your work. They may contain drawings, writings, photographs, technical information and material references, and you should keep a separate folder containing details of exhibitions visited and relevant research into textile artists and design practitioners work. In order that work commences as quickly and smoothly as possible it is suggested that you plan your work in the summer, perhaps in the form of notes, drawings or designs. You should arrange tutorials at the beginning of term to draw up a general outline of study. As in year 2, you will be asked complete a self-directed work proposal form and a self-evaluation form at the beginning and end of the module respectively. Throughout the year tutors will give regular one to one and group tutorials, offering you support and advice. Frequent group seminars will encourage you to share your practice and research with your fellow students. A lecture program from visiting practitioners talking about their own practice, supports and sets the background for, a short presentation by which you are expected to contextualise your own practice. Regular attendance and tutorial contact is essential and it must be emphasized that you are expected to arrange self-directed workshop time, along with other commitments on your timetable, in order to allow enough time to develop your work. At the end of the module we will ask you to produce a digital portfolio. This is to prepare you for a future career or postgraduate study, and the portfolio should clearly represent your studio practice and the skills and experience you have gained during your three years of study. It should consist of a CV, a personal statement, a range of images of your work, as well as identification and recognition of your key transferable skills. The production of your portfolio will be supported by a series of talks and seminars by members of staff and visiting lecturers on professional development, researching and identifying career opportunities and postgraduate study. Learning environment Learning is encouraged through participation in a wide variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, group critiques, study trips, Minerva VLE materials, lectures from visiting artists and professionals. Each module has 4 hours formal contact per week, but you should allow yourself an additional 11 hours each week for private study (student-centered learning). Assessment You will be assessed by a combination of peer assessment, formative assessment and an end of module assessment. Assessment in the first and second year is on submission of a portfolio of project work and coursework. In the third year you will be assessed on your coursework and end of module exhibition. Self directed research (sketchbooks, journals and research folders) are essential requirements throughout all years, and form a large part of the assessment criteria. In the first and second years you will be asked to write an essay or keep a reflective journal and give short oral presentation, in the third year you will be asked to give an illustrated talk about contemporary textile practice and how it relates to your own work. Work experience/placement opportunities In the second year you will be given access to a public gallery, and you will experience all aspects of organizing a group exhibition. To support this you will be given a series of lectures by professionals working in the textile art industry, this will also cover entrepreneurship and self-employment. Throughout the three years of study at Bath Spa University you will be expected to reflect and make explicit your personal development plan, through case studies, reflective presentations and digital portfolios, as well as by using the universities personal academic record (epars) system. Can I study abroad? Any student on the Modular Programme can apply to study abroad as part of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP): Erasmus scheme, which is supported by the European Commission in Brussels. Placements are usually for a whole semester in a European university or higher education institution during your second year. Some opportunities exist for you to spend a full year abroad. Provided you successfully complete your placement, you will obtain full academic recognition and your study abroad period will be counted towards your Bath Spa University degree, using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). More information can be found on the university website by following the link given below:- http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/services/international/studying- abroad.asp Key Skills and Personal Development Planning We are committed to supporting and developing key (transferable) skills that will help you to negotiate the course successfully and to prepare you for employment and/or further study. These key skills will be important to you throughout your course, but we place a particular emphasis on them during Year 1 (although we will support and assess key skills throughout the modules on your course, relating them directly to your area of study). In this handbook we group key skills under four headings. Literacy Your literacy will be supported and developed by researching and writing essays and giving presentations. IT The ability to make effective use of information technology (IT) is an essential skill. Examples of IT skills that will be supported and developed by using Minerva our online virtual learning environment, word processing programmes and programmes like PowerPoint and Photoshop. You will find that in addition to the facilities offered by the course, there are a range of 'open access' IT resources offered within the University and by the Library and Information Services. Numeracy This is a skill required in our daily lives; it will be used and developed by tasks applied to your subject specialism. For example:- Printed Textiles - calculating amounts of chemicals needed for dyes and print processes Knitted and Woven Textiles - calculating Graphs and weave structures Communication You will encounter a wide range of learning activities that will develop and support your communication skills during your time at the university. These will include things such as participation in group seminars and critiques and giving PowerPoint presentations. Work experience opportunities In the second year you will be given access to a public gallery, and you will experience all aspects of organizing a group exhibition. In your final year your degree show will be opened to the public. To support this you will be given a series of lectures by professionals working in the visual art industry that will also cover entrepreneurship and self-employment. Personal Development Planning (PDP) Throughout your three years of study at Bath Spa University you will be expected to reflect and make explicit your Personal Development Plan. Each art module has an element that encourages you to do this: reflective journals, comparative case studies, presentations and digital portfolios. Through these tasks we aim to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning by giving you opportunities to plan, monitor and review the skills you acquire as you progress through the course. Your PDP is also supported by the allocation of a personal tutor and the University’s ePars system. More information on ePars can be found by following the link given below or by contacting your personal tutor. http://it-help.bathspa.ac.uk/onepage_epars.html Project work Year 1 Drawing and Three Dimensional Work This project is studio based and offers an introduction into experimenting with a variety of textile techniques using paper as your main material. You will be encouraged to explore your visual inspiration through drawing and three-dimensional manipulations, using your sketchbook research to further develop your ideas. Natural Dyes and Colour This is a short project where you will be exploring techniques using natural dyes. You will be experimenting with depth of colour and learning a variety of fibre specific recipes for creating your own coloured fabric samples. You will be expected to produce a technical folder of your outcomes, which includes examples of dyed yarns and fabric swatches as well as a record of your colour development in the form of an inspirational colour book. Knitted Textiles In this project you will learn the basic techniques for hand and machine knitting. You will be able to develop your creative ideas and drawings into graphs, which can be translated into designs and fabrics, and you will be introduced to specialist digital software, which can translate your drawings or photographs into designs for knit. You will be asked to produce a series of samples, plus research and sketchbook ideas to back-up your finished work. Woven Textiles In this project you will learn about yarns and fibres and basic principles in weaving. You will be introduced to techniques in tapestry and back strap weaving and taught how to use a hand- loom. You will explore ideas in two and three dimensions and have the opportunity to weave a selection of technical and experimental samples to your own plan. Printed Textiles This is a practical introduction to printed textiles where you will be introduced to the equipment and materials available in the print area. You will be able to learn a variety of techniques including hand painting, screen and transfer printing, and you will be asked to produce a series of technical samples and experimental textile pieces to illustrate your exploration. Embroidered Textiles Using your drawings and research you will be encouraged to develop a collection of both hand and machine embroidery samples, and a final piece. You will be introduced to the various machinery and equipment in the embroidery workshop and encouraged to use a wide variety of materials and techniques. Year 2 Project work in Year 2 is self-directed. During the first part of the module you will have access to a variety of specialist and mixed media textile workshops in which you will be able to develop and extend your skills and techniques, and it is a combination of this experimental sampling along with your own proposal, which forms the project work for this module. You will be offered the opportunity to extend your ideas by entering a live project or competition if it is a suitable option for your own personal development. Year 3 Project work in year 3 is self-directed. You will be encouraged in approaching companies for sponsorship in obtaining materials or technical support if this has been identified as a requirement in your proposal of work. Added value Extensive personal support from a friendly and caring staff. A good practical and theoretical education. Availability of careers advice and support. Access to specialist workshops and an excellent range of equipment and materials The opportunity to take part in study trips in the UK and internationally The opportunity to show your work at exhibitions and trade shows as part of the student group in the Fashion and Textiles Department How we support you One to one tutorials Group Tutorials Seminars Lectures Specialist technical support Materials posted on Minerva Programme aims and learning outcomes What is this programme designed to achieve? To provide the opportunity for you to acquire and develop knowledge, critical understanding and practical skills relating to your chosen area of mixed media textile practice. This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to: Explore a range of conceptual and technical aspects of contemporary Textile Art practice Develop your understanding and creative potential in Textile Art and Design to honours degree level Develop your intellectual and imaginative powers, problem solving skills and your ability to perceive relationships within what you have learned Develop critical self-awareness, independent judgment and an enquiring analytical and creative approach Develop your ability to communicate your ideas in visual, verbal and written form Enable you to define and develop your particular specialism What will you learn? Knowledge of: Contemporary textile practice Historical and theoretical concerns within the making of contemporary textiles Vocational opportunities within the creative industries. Thinking skills The ability to recognize and work through problems encountered as part of your studio practice. The ability to define viable projects for your independent research. The ability to research a subject through an analytical and critical process. Subject-Based Practical skills To be able to employ a range of techniques and materials appropriate to your chosen areas of studio practice. To select and employ communication and information technology for image presentation, manipulation and processing. To operate safely within various workshop areas. Skills for life and work (general skills) The development of your own style of independent learning. The ability to communicate ideas and research findings to others and to debate relevant issues. IT skills. Communication skills. To solve problems creatively Teamwork. Time management. To develop confidence. The programme structure Introduction All programmes are credit-rated to help you to understand the amount and level of study that is needed. One credit is equal to 10 hours of directed study time (this includes everything you do e.g. lecture, seminar and private study). Credits are assigned to one of 3 levels: 4 - equivalent in standard to the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme 5 - equivalent in standard to the second year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme 6 - equivalent in standard to the third year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme Credit rating The overall credit rating of this programme is 360 credits. Typical duration The duration of this programme is three years full-time (FT), or five years part-time (PT). It is possible to move from FT to PT mode and vice-versa or to intermit (temporarily suspend your studies) to accommodate any changes in your life outside the University. How the teaching year is divided The teaching year begins in mid-September and finishes at the end of June. A typical FT student will take 120 credits over the academic year and a part-time (PT) student, a maximum of 80 credits. What you will study when This programme is part of a modular degree scheme. A typical full- time student will take three modules per year. It is possible to bring together modules from one subject with modules from another to produce a combined programme. Subjects are offered in a variety of combinations: Single - 120 credits at levels four, five and six Major - 80 credits at levels four, five and six Joint - 60 credits at levels four, five and six Minor - 40 credits at levels four, five and six Modules are defined as: Core - Must be taken Option - Select from a range of identified modules within the field University wide option - Select from a wide range of modules across the University The following are the core and optional requirements for the single and major pathways for this programme Level Title Credits Status Status Single Major Four Introduction 40 Core to Mixed Media textiles Five Advanced 40 Core Textile Workshops and Individual Study Programme Five Professional 40 Optional studies in Art, Textiles or Ceramics Six Individual 40 Core Studio Practice Requirements for gaining an award In order to gain an honours degree you will need to obtain 360 credits including: A minimum of 120 credits at level 4 or higher A minimum of 120 credits at level 5 or higher A minimum of 120 credits at level 6 or higher In order to gain a Foundation Degree you will need to obtain a minimum of 240 credits including: A minimum of 120 credits at level 4 or higher A minimum of 120 credits at level 5 or higher (A foundation degree is linked to a named Honours degree onto which a student may progress after successful completion of the Foundation degree.) Degree Classification BA Honours Creative Art How we assure the quality of this programme Before this programme started Before the programme started, the following was checked: There would be enough qualified staff to teach the programme; Adequate resources would be in place; The overall aims and objectives were appropriate; The content of the programme met national benchmark requirements; The programme met any professional/statutory body requirements; The proposal met other internal quality criteria covering a range of issues such as admissions policy, teaching and learning and assessment strategy and student support mechanisms. This is done through a process of programme approval, which involves consulting academic experts including some subject specialists from other institutions. How we monitor the quality of this programme The quality of this programme is monitored each year through evaluating: External examiner reports (considering quality and standards); Statistical information (considering issues such as the pass rate); Student feedback. Drawing on this and other information programme teams undertake annual monitoring. The University’s Quality and Standards Committee monitor the process. Once every six years a panel that includes at least two external subject specialists undertakes an in-depth review of the whole area. The panel considers documents, looks at student work, speaks to current and former students and speaks to staff before drawing its conclusions. The result is a report highlighting good practice and identifying areas where action is needed. The role of the programme committee This programme has a programme committee comprising all relevant teaching staff, student representatives and others who make a contribution towards the effective operation of the programme (e.g. library/technician staff). The committee has responsibilities for the quality of the programme. The programme committee plays a critical role in the University's quality assurance procedures. The role of external examiners The standard of this programme is monitored by at least one external examiner. External examiners have two primary responsibilities: To ensure the standard of the programme; To ensure that justice is done to individual students. Listening to the views of students The following methods for gaining student feedback are used on this programme: Module evaluations Student representation on programme committees (meeting each semester) Personal tutor, module leader Students are notified of the action taken through: Student representation feedback Year meetings Minutes available on request Listening to the views of others The following methods are used for gaining the views of other interested parties: Feedback from former students Employer/PSRB liaison committee Final award BA (Hons) Intermediate awards Cert HE, Dip HE available UCAS code Details of professional body accreditation Relevant QAA Benchmark Art and Design statements Date specification last up- 2009 dated Staff profiles Kerry Curtis Head of The Department of Textiles and Product Development Kerry Curtis is an Embroidery Designer who has worked both ‘in- house’ and as a freelance designer for many international leading fashion brands such as Valentino, Alberta Ferretti, Nina Ricci, Chloé, Givenchy, Luella, House of Jazz, Peter Jensen, Ghost, Dai Rees and Mulberry. In addition to designing and styling for the fashion industry, Curtis has also worked on embroidery-based commissions for book illustrations, events and pop videos. Sue Bradley Knitted and Mixed Media Textiles, Subject Leader Sue Bradley’s teaching specialism includes hand and machine knitting, embroidery and surface embellishment. She is known internationally for her knitwear collections and wearable art and is a published author. She regularly exhibits her work in galleries in the UK, USA and Europe. Jo Chambers Jo Chambers specialises in Embroidered Textiles. Combining hand and machine embroidery with fabric manipulation and surface embellishment to create textile pieces with a whimsical theme. She has exhibited internationally and sells her designs through UK agents and Indigo in Paris Alison Harper Alison is known for her innovative re-working of found materials in challenging and thought provoking ways. She has worked in diverse educational settings and undertaken several residencies. She has initiated and exhibited in many group shows within the UK and beyond. Tim Parry-Williams Tim Parry-Williams is a hand-weaver specialising in high-end fashion accessories and interior textiles. He is internationally recognised for his research in fabric development and he works in Japan as an associate designer of apparel textiles. He regularly exhibits and lectures worldwide. Carole Waller Carole Waller is a textile artist whose work is exhibited internationally and is held in many collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum. She makes large-scale installations of painted cloth, using the garment form, glass, film and sound within her work. She teaches print, surface design, and drawing with a fine art approach.