School of the Arts, English and Drama

Undergraduate study

Textiles Innovation and Design


There are a number of different approaches to assessment on the course, and these will depend generally on the type of module that is being assessed. There are no exams, and studio practical work is assessed on the basis of a portfolio of coursework responding to set project briefs, and clearly set out assessment criteria. Coursework might typically include drawing, photography and design development work, background and contextual research, with material experimentation alongside a finished or final collection of samples. The assessment requirements are set out on project briefs and the also in the module specifications which will give a clear breakdown of the weighting of the component marks.

For example:

First year students have one studio module where they are required to submit an Eportfolio alongside the Textiles work; this will account for 20% of the final mark, and is supported by specialist teaching.

Second year students have a module where they attend a number of specialist workshops and a technical notebook with samples and records of experiments is required at assessment and is allocated 10% of the module mark.

The Professional and Business Practice module is assessed on 100% written coursework, and History and Theory of Art & Design modules are also assessed in this way, but with a number of assignments with different weightings required for assessment.

The optional Industrial Training Placement is offered between the 2nd and 3rd years of study and the Assessment of the student's performance is carried out by the Industrial Placement Tutor. The Diploma in Professional Studies is awarded on the basis of:

  1. The successful completion of a 45 week placement/placements
  2. A 5000 word Critical Report. (To be submitted during the first week of the autumn term).
  3. A 20-30 minute oral presentation to a University Assessment panel and audience.