Textiles 3: Research

Course Level: 3 (HE6) | HE Credits: 40 | Approx. Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week


Textiles 3 comprises three closely linked units: the first of these, Personal Specialism, involves intensive studio practice and informs this research and written unit Research, followed by the third and final unit Professional Practice. The Textiles 3: Contextual Studies unit will enable you to develop skills in research and writing about art, alongside critical awareness of a range of contemporary art practices. This is achieved by extending your knowledge of primary and secondary research methodologies, and the adoption of appropriate styles of academic writing, using consistent referencing and presentation skills. The dissertation will show the necessary critical and contextual awareness of level 6 academic studies. The Research unit underpins and strengthens the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired in previous units and represents an opportunity to synthesise theory and practice through a self-initiated research project of an appropriate standard for this level.

This unit encourages a high degree of self-motivation and autonomy. The written work prepared for assignments will be used to support the development of self-reflection, critique, time/project management and academic rigour.

With tutorial support, this is a self-directed unit, encouraging a high degree of self-motivation and autonomy, and is structured to support the process of undertaking substantial textual and written research, with the aim of developing contextual and conceptual awareness of your own practice and the practices of others.

In consultation with your tutor you will prepare a proposal (1000 words) for research that will culminate in an extended written project or dissertation (5000 words). This complements the programme of practical work from the other two units within Textiles 3.


This unit aims to:

  • A1 establish a high level of synthesis between theory and practice
  • A2 effectively develop a body of visual / practical research
  • A3 explore a range of methods of research, analysis and critical evaluation of theories and practices
  • A4 develop your approaches to the documentation and communication of research findings.


On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:

  • LO1 analyse, evaluate, and synthesise ideas that relate to both theory and practice (A1)
  • LO2 construct a written argument that informs and is informed by practical and visual investigations and focused upon areas of personal interest (A2)
  • LO3 demonstrate an advanced and detailed understanding of subject knowledge and its context, some of which will be informed by recent research into textiles disciplines (A3)
  • LO4 demonstrate the use of appropriate primary and secondary sources as part of a range of research methodologies, and produce a written body of work, relevant to chosen subject area, showing skills in documentation and presentation (A4)

Course content

  • Research skills; introduction to research methodologies, primary and secondary research, undertaking written and visual research; exploring approaches to documenting research.
  • Critical frameworks: identifying a range of appropriate theoretical and critical frameworks; outlining and signposting to major ideas, theories and debates around practice of textiles.
  • Documentation: academic writing skills; identifying, sources and analysing appropriate source material; developing analytical and evaluative skills.