Course Title: Decorative Techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Decorative Techniques

Credit Points: 12

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

Course Coordinator: Denise Sprynskyj

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3890

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A background in a design discipline preferred

Course Description

Decorative Techniques for Fashion is offered as an elective to students partaking in the suite of design programs offered under the award Bachelor of Design. This course gives students the opportunity to explore and research various contemporary and traditional decorative treatments relevant to fashion and textiles applications. It involves practical experimentation with materials and techniques resulting in fabrications suitable for creative product development. The course is available to students from year two in design programs and compliments research and design within Design Studio workshops.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

With this course you will:

  • increase your knowledge of decorative surface treatments
  • gain experience in developing new decorative techniques and be able to adapt existing techniques for fashion applications
  • have the ability to research decorative techniques relevant to fashion
  • be able to visualise and apply decorative treatments to a fashion end use

Overview of Learning Activities

Decorative Techniques for Fashion will provide students with a diverse range of learning experiences. These experiences will combine self-directed research, analysis, reflection, peer interaction and discussion with staff-led presentations.
This course comprises of a series of workshops involving the demonstration of various techniques. These demonstrations will be followed up by further supervised experimentation by the students. Workshops will provide the platform for information sharing, analysis and evaluation of concepts.
A major project is introduced at the beginning of the semester which is an extension of the topics covered in the workshops. The major project will consist of one finished piece supported by experimental swatches and a working journal.
Students are required to undertake a research project of 1500-2000 words with complete bibliograhpy to be presented to the class either as a demonstration or workshop. This requires depth of analysis and evaluation of the relevance and purpose of decorative applications with fashion product.

Overview of Learning Resources

This course has no prescribed references.
Recommended reading to be advised in class.

Overview of Assessment

A: Major Project:
Working journal 30%
Experimental swatches 30%
Completed Body of Work 20%

B: Research project 20%

Students must follow assessment procedures as specified in project outlines to achieve a passing grade.