Course Title: Fashion Technology 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Technology 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Diana Klein

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2781

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.10.07

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GRAP2366 Fashion Technology 2

Course Description

This course builds on the foundation knowledge developed by students in year one in the courses of Textiles Technology and Computer Aided Design for fashion. It incorporates and addresses the integral value of technology within the fashion system with modules which focus on textiles and digital pattern design in fashion. The course is available to students in year two in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) and compliments research and design within Design Studio workshops.
The Textile Technology module further develops the student’ s understanding of textiles and the theory of their application for design in the fashion and related industries. It encourages research into specific textiles and their properties and introduces students to new developments in textiles.
The CAD for Fashion module expands on the knowledge of computer aided pattern design gained in the semesters one and two of the program. The areas of pattern input, grading and marker making will be expanded upon, plus a strong emphasis will be placed on developing pattern shapes from blocks on screen.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The student will be able to:
Textile Technology Module:
• gain more competence in handling and assessing the quality of fabric
• competently select the most appropriate fabric for the chosen design
• develop personal contacts through primary interaction with textile, fashion and the related industries
• develop many and varied problem solving techniques through exploration arising out of textile work
• continue to develop an ongoing appreciative attitude to textiles
• gain an awareness of current environmental and social issues in relation to Fashion and Textiles.

Computer Aided Design Module:
• experiment with and gain confidence in the use of CAD as a pattern design tool
• enhance skills previously gained in pattern input, marker making and grading
• understand the application of CAD/CAM to the fashion industry

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials and seminars. Guided and self motivated learning experience in problems related to textiles and fashion/design computer technology.
This course is taught principally by the seminar method and requires a high level of participation and regular contact with the lecturer. Although a minimum attendance standard is not compulsory, attendance at classes is necessary to meet the educational requirements of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Suggested Text and References:
Software and hardware manuals as directed by the Lecturer
Fashion and Textile industry trade magazines
Relevant computer publications
BEAZLEY, A, & BOND, T., Computer Aided Pattern Design and Product Development, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TEXTILES, American Fabrics and Fashion, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Call No. FOL 677.A111
HATCH, K., 1993, Textile Science, West Publishing Co., St Paul USA. Call No. 677 H361
GIOELLO, D., 1981, Profiling Fabrics: Properties, Performance & Construction Techniques, Fairchild Publications, New York. At closed Reserve, Central Library.
GOHL E.P.G & VILENSKY, L.D., 1995, Textiles for Modern Living, 5th Ed., Longman Chesire, Australia. Call No. 677 G614
LINTON G., 1980, The Modern Textile and Apparel Dictionary, 4th Rev. Ed. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Call No. FOL 677 \A111
TORTORA, G. & COLLIER, B.J., Understanding Textiles, Prentice Hall, Sydney

Overview of Assessment

Textile Technology Module:
The four following areas must be successfully completed for a pass in this module.
1. Fabric Investigation in the form of a Fabric Selection Project
2. Journal including class exercises accompanying topics covered in the lectures.
3. Tutorial presentation of student research on a chosen topic.
4. Fabric analysis tests that demonstrate evidence of learning, analysing and synthesising of textile principles.

CAD for Fashion Module:
This module will include information sessions, demonstrations, practical and experimental exercises. Students will work on set projects.

The planned learning experiences are:
Weekly exercises covering the areas of pattern input, pattern generation, grading and marker making. This work includes both set exercises and individual work. These exercises will give students the necessary background for a test at the end of the semester.