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Program Overview

Areas: Print, Weave, Fibre Arts, Fashion Studies

Duration: 4 Years | 8 Semesters

Credits: 137


Career Paths: Textile Designer (Apparel & Home), Weaver , Fiber Artist, Academic, Researcher, Conservator, Fabric Development, Costume Design, Product Design, Interior Decoration, Textile Marketing and Merchandising, Textile Design Management, Art Education.

  • Program Description

    The textile design and Fibre studies program is continuously evolving to meet the global and regional expectations from the art and design world today. The primary objective of the textile design program is to redefine textiles by expanding the parameters of its traditional identity beyond cloth, craft and fashion. The program meets its objectives with a multi-fold approach: it actively assists students to explore their potential as design professionals in designing multipurpose and multivariate fabrics for industrial products and solutions; and, prepares them as artists who can realize their creative ideas through fiber art. Innovative art and design thinking remains a constant focal point throughout the course.

    The program combines active research and practice relying heavily on the rich textile traditions of South Asia and contemporary universal textile art and design practices. Emphasis on the broad based conceptual and technical aspects of textile design, is expected to facilitate future postgraduate studies in specialized textile related areas - i.e. art history, textile marketing and merchandising, textile technology, industrial design, fashion design, new media design and textile conservation; and teaching.

    The textile faculty being reflective practitioners themselves is encouraged to continuously evolve classroom pedagogy by staying abreast of domestic and worldwide design innovations, and collaborating in interdisciplinary sustainability projects. The department also aims to adjust to the implications of learning-teaching the coexistence of design democracy and conventional textiles in the domestic and international markets. The department also realizes the responsibility of community engagement thereby providing empowerment strategies and design solutions to several underserved areas.

  • Admission Requirement

    Students can opt for this program after successfully finishing foundation year.

  • Course

    • Surface Design I

      Course Code: D-TX 233 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio Prerequisite for Textile Major Studio

      Students are taught professional application in various art media and develop textural surfaces, which can be translated into textile designs. Students are given thematic projects which encourage design development in the context of key textile artists /movements. The focus of this course is the link between the textile seminar class and this studio class.

    • Surface Design II

      Course Code: D-TX 243 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio Prerequisite for Textile Major Studio II

      In this course indigenous and traditional craft-based techniques of textile weaving, dyeing and printing – more specifically resist dyeing and printing (tie & dye, batik, silk painting), open screen and felt making – are investigated with the opportunity to experiment and evolve a personal vocabulary.

    • Weave I

      Course Code: D- TX 234 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio Necessary pre-requisite for Textile Studio MajorI

      This elective serves as an introduction to the very basics of weaving, both off loom and on the table loom. By means of a series of projects derived from visual research student learn how to create innovative surfaces in plain weave and imagery through off-loom tapestry. A table loom is later introduced as a tool for design and personal expression.

    • Weave II

      Course Code: D-TX 244 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio Necessary pre-requisite for Textile Studio Major II

      This elective serves as a continuation of Weave I. Previously introduced concepts are advanced by means of introducing students to working on the bench loom. In-depth graph plotting is a core of this course. Students understand the interplay of color in warp and weft by exploring the twill weave, double and hollow weave. This course also introduces students to Macramé and creating fabric for further manipulation in an installation project.

    • Color Studies

      Course Code: D-TX 235 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio Prerequisite for Textile Studio Major I

      Students learn key terms and the basics of color physiology and color aesthetics. The course explores characteristics such as hue, value, and saturation; additive and subtractive color systems; color interaction; contrasts; and the relationship between form and color. In addition, the students will be able to distinguish between local and subjective colors. The psychological effect of colors and cultural associations will be an integral part of the course.

    • Drawing for Design

      Course Code: T-FS 201 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course has been designed for students to have advance application of fundamental skills in figure drawing and gives students an understanding of human body proportions, and implement principles of stylized to a human figure in order to produce skilful fashion illustrations. This course will provide a platform to learn various skill sets, ranging from illustration and fashion drawing. Encouraging them to experiment and develop creative responses.

    • Fashion Drawing

      Course Code: T-FS 200 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      Fashion drawing deals with the representation of human figure stylized to hone the fundamentals of fashion croquis. The aim is to give students, ideas and guidelines on a progressively approach to develop a fashion sketch. Students will learn techniques for illustrating design details to improve their fashion illustration skills on an advanced level. They will learn how to present a professional portfolio.

    • Constructed Textiles

      Course Code: D-TX 335 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio Prerequisite for Textile Studio Major II

      This elective course introduce the students with the basic hand & sewing techniques for creating and constructing repetitive forms by using variety of fabric types. Students are encouraged to develop surfaces, structural materials with the practical exposure to the stitching techniques i.e. pleating, tucks, ribs, cords, seams… They are familiarized with the relevant textile materials and terminologies, its usage and adaptation to help develop large scale fabricated sculptures and panels.

    • Computer Aided Textile Design

      Course Code: D-TX 336 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 Prerequisite for Textile Studio Major III

      Textile students shall be introduced to CAD as direct, effective portals into the ever-changing worlds of textile and fashion designing. The CAD courses help students to nurture their brain child into marketable accomplishments. The class is structured so that the students thoroughly introduced to both the subject matter and basic computing skills. Using the latest computerized design systems students create original designs, repeats, color ways and co-ordinates targeting specific markets.

    • Textile Marketing I

      Course Code: D-HC 346 | Credits: 2 Necessary prerequisite for Textile Studio Major IV

      This course is an introduction to the foundation of marketing focusing on psychology, more specifically analyzing the consumer buying behavior and the buying process. Value and service, ground rules for analyzing the marketing environment more specifically macro and micro environment, strategy and goal formulation are the key areas. Marketing research is discussed in detail.

    • Textile Marketing II

      Course Code: D-HC 347 | Credits: 2 Necessary prerequisite for Textile Studio Major IV

      This course is a continuation of marketing I. The fundamentals of marketing the 4 P’s – Product and service, Price, Place and Promotion are introduced. Students undertake a real life project that involves market research, strategy formulation, segmentation and the 4 P’s. The students are also given a feel of the rest of the key components of business studies such as human resource, production, revenue/profit/cost, entrepreneurship and international marketing are key parts of this course.

  • Textile Major Studio Courses

    • Textile Major Studio I

      Course Code: D-TX 262 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      In this course students are made to investigate indigenous textile crafts understanding various art periods by studying local and international artists and their works. This spectrum of exposure enables students to understand various arts and crafts and helps them carve out their own design ideology right from the beginning. Theme based exercises are designed to make students visualize how ‘idea designs’ are developed into full scale professional Textile designs while exploring printing, weaving and other surface techniques.

    • Textile Major Studio II

      Course Code: D-TX 362 | Contact Time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio

      This course provides an opportunity to understand and develop concepts by exploring various art & design methods. Students modify/construct methods through their own research within introduced projects which aid their conceptual growth. The course is a combination of two main projects which focus on interaction and working in groups by learning new textile practices i.e. free motion machine & hand embroidery, heat transfer printing techniques and Natural dyeing.

    • Textile Major Studio III

      Course Code: D-TX 382 | Contact Time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio

      A series of paper work designs are be developed in collaboration with the computer aided textile class. The design work follows international and local trends and color forecast, a trip to an industrial printing unit at this time gives a more focused perspective regarding design and printing limitations. Weaving skills are matured and enhanced through the indigenous craft of ikkat. Advanced embellishment techniques are introduced to augment skills in texture development.

    • Textile Major Studio IV

      Course Code: D-TX 462 | Contact Time: 18 Hours per week | Credits: 9 | Studio

      Mandatory internships in the textile industry are a highlight of this course. Industry-based printing and weaving skills are strengthened further. Design creativity reflects a higher level of analytical thinking with reference to respective mini-thesis topics. Those are developed through series of brainstorming sessions emphasizing on the students responsible behavior as a global citizen, supporting the idea of ‘Green’ while screening through material & socio-cultural notions.

    • Allied Thesis Research

      Course Code: D- HC 444 | Contact Time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 Prerequisite for Textile Studio Major V

      An external tutor will be identified for each student for by the course advisor to conduct a series of interactive sessions with the concerned student in order to develop his / her concept. These series of discussions and studio projects under the supervision of respective instructors will help to develop the students work conceptually. The Allied Thesis Research will act as a supportive element the entire thesis research, which will run in harmony with Major Studio Practice.

    • Textile Major Studio V | Independent Study

      Course Code: D-TX 482 | Contact Time: 24 Hours per week | Credits: 12 | Studio

      Students undertake independent study to work on individual degree projects. The students are free to either work as a commercially viable designer, who is sensitive to design democracy or work as a fiber artist with an uninhibited artistic expression. However, students need not restrict themselves to existing definitions and are free to conduct interdisciplinary research. This self-directed project should reflect viable aesthetic, pragmatic and innovative solutions and ultimately leading to a professionally resolved thesis exhibition.

  • Textile Theory Courses

      These courses are mandatory for Textile Major Students

    • History of Modern Design

      Course Code : D-HC-242 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Seminar

      The Design History and Theory course surveys the key historical developments in the field of design. The course explores the core ideas, key designers and the everyday designed objects that form a part of our material culture. The course aims to create both a conceptual and visual understanding of the diverse design aesthetics from the 19th to the 20th century by rooting it in its immediate socio-cultural context.

    • T. Seminars I

      Course Code: D-HC 243 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 1.5 | Seminar

      In the 21st century university students in a developing country must be sufficiently informed and effectively engaged with affordable sources of knowledge to empower themselves intellectually. In the course we, first, learn to identify the different sources of popular, historical, and classical knowledge. The course explains how knowledge enriches our education, work, and life pursuits.

    • T. Seminars II

      Course Code: D-HC 244 | Contact Time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 1.5 | Seminar

      T. Seminar II is an interdisciplinary and research seminar, taught in continuation to T.Seminar I. It examines pertinent issues in design and traces the history of design, touching upon key western design movements and key historical figures. By making forays into other disciplines students develop an understanding of their immediate city, people and crafts/artifacts, with a particular focus on textiles. The course is structured to enhance student’s research and analytical skills.

    • Contemporary Seminar

      Course Code: D-HC 446 | Contact Time: 3 hours per week | Credits: 3

      This course emphasizes the problem solving role of research by introducing students to the complex culture of research methodologies. By simultaneously emphasizing the rigor involved in doing research and the intellectual satisfaction the researcher gains from accomplishing a properly researched project, the course is focused on giving students those research skills and attitudes that are useful in the satisfactory completion of studio projects and for relevant academic writing.

    • Textile Technology I & II

      Course Code: D-HC 246, D-HC247 | Contact Time: 3 hours per week | Credits: 1.5 | Lecture

      The course provides a broad-based education in the technological aspects of the textile industry. It deals with all of the processes involved in developing and producing textile products, including fibre manufacture, spinning, weaving, knitting, wet processing and textile testing. The aim is to develop a critical and innovative approach towards manufacturing techniques and practices.

    • Design Portfolio

      Course Code: D-HC 448 | Contact Time: 6 hours per week | Credits: 3 | Lecture

      Students learn to structure CV’s, to write application for work and further study, to handle interviews, to improve presentation skills and to document their work in the form of a portfolio. Knowledge about the local and international markets and their operations and basics of entrepreneurship are also discussed. Visiting practitioners are brought in for portfolio critiques and for talks on their experiences of working in the world of design.

  • Degree Requirement

    Thesis and Degree show

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