module specification

DN4021A - 3D Design and Development 1 for Fashion (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title 3D Design and Development 1 for Fashion
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 150
96 hours Guided independent study
54 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Portfolio - 2D & 3D work addressing tasks and criteria as set in brief, including research proposals and presentation
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester City Monday Morning
Autumn semester City Thursday Afternoon
Autumn semester City Thursday Morning
Autumn semester City Monday Afternoon

Module summary

Successful 3D design outcomes are reliant on sound 3D design principles. These design principles inform the design process and create opportunities for you to apply your creativity to the conception, development and eventual realisation of effective 3D design solutions. It is these research and development strategies that ensure that your designs have the effects intended and are safe and beneficial to their users.

This module will introduce you to a range of contemporary and traditional discipline-related design approaches and processes, some of which will be tested in design exercises and some of which will be fully realised in studio work and projects. Processes experienced will involve research, analysis, experiment and discovery along with documentation of the process and your findings.

Design concepts will be tested through the application of workshop and studio methods: materials, processes and technologies will be discipline-specific, developing creative outcomes relevant to the possibilities and constraints of the context intended. Through the application of development processes that are both careful and experimental, you will be encouraged to develop a critically informed and personal approach to the process of design.

Prior learning requirements

Co-requisite: DN4022 3D Workshop Practice for Fashion

Available for Study Abroad? YES


The content is indicative and will necessarily reflect current debates and thinking.

Topics covered will normally include discipline and course specific design studios, a series of project briefs which offer a range of contexts and problems for creative response, methods of research, idea generation, problem solving, analysis, critique and reflection, idea generation and exploration through discipline-specific design processes. The projects will support course identity and subject knowledge. Open, exploratory briefs  will be supported by exercises, visits and group critiques.

Projects will be designed to allow you to work with a range of content and formats to gain understanding of how different contexts require differing approaches, processes and research methods. Projects will be selected or designed to ensure growing competence and understanding of essential skills, strategies, techniques and technologies used in 2D and 3D design.

(LO1 – 5)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Scheduled teaching provides the guidance and foundation to ensure that independent study is effective in addressing the module’s learning outcomes and assessment tasks.

In-class activity makes use of varied student-centred approaches such as active, flipped and blended learning, so that a range of learning strategies is deployed, and individual learning styles are accommodated. Information is provided through a range of means and sources to minimise and remove barriers to successful progress through the module. The course team seeks to embed the University’s Education for Social Justice Framework in fostering learning that is enjoyable, accessible, relevant and that takes account of the social and cultural context and capital of its students.

Activities foster peer-to-peer community building and support for learning. Reflective learning is promoted through interim formative feedback points that ask students to reflect on their progress, receive help where they identify the opportunity for improvement in learning strategies and outcomes and make recommendations to themselves for future development. Throughout the module, students build a body of work, including written reflections on progress and achievement.

The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-based learning within the curriculum supports students’ personal and career development planning. Through these initiatives, students are increasingly able, as they progress from year to year, to understand the professional environment of their disciplines, the various opportunities available to them, and how to shape their learning according to their ambitions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, to the standard expected at Level 4, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Evidence your understanding of some of the key principles and practices of research and development for design, appropriate for your discipline;

Cognitive Intellectual Abilities

2. Demonstrate that you can generate ideas and explain your choices through appropriate written and visual documents and presentations;

Transferable Skills

3. Select appropriate basic methods of research, recording and presentation for the communication of your ideas;

Subject Specific Practical Skills

4. Understand how to test conceptual ideas through research and experimental workshop and studio practice, applying these to your final designs;

Professionalism and Values

5. Demonstrate your time management and organisational skills for projects through planning and recording documentation.

Assessment strategy

You will produce a portfolio submission of visual and practical research and development work that addresses the module’s learning outcomes through the tasks and criteria as set out in the project and assessment briefs. These will be detailed at the start of each academic year to include a timetable and description of the deliverable items at the end of the year. Formative and summative assessments will be fully explained and clear guidelines given for the deliverables at each stage.

All work for this module must be well documented and presented for assessment through the portfolio and journals and sketchbooks produced. Submissions may be required to be physical hard copy or digital depending on the requirements of the briefs and outcomes required.