Course Title: Textile Materiality and Principles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Materiality and Principles

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Claire Beale

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9411

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513.2.13 Brunswick campus

Course Coordinator Availability: please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


 Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.  For further information refer to the RMIT Course Requisites

Course Description

This course introduces you to the principles of materials and textile design within the context of global textile trends and sustainability considerations. You will learn about the properties, performance and manufacturing processes for a range of textile fibres and fabrics. In doing so, you will learn how to apply this knowledge to the design of textile products.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:
• Examine, analyse and evaluate theoretical and practical principles, emerging trends and issues pertinent to textile design and related industries
• Examine, evaluate and apply technologies associated with textile design and manufacturing in both local and global contexts

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Identify and classify a range of textile fibres and fabrics according to industry standards.
• Identify and evaluate theoretical and practical principles of properties, performance and manufacturing processes for a range of textile fibres and fabrics.
• Evaluate the suitability of textile materials for a range of end uses.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will take a blended approach in its delivery with learning activities that include: lectures; tutorials that may consist of practical exercises, group discussions and activities, guess speakers, and group and individual feedback for assessment tasks; online delivery.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.   The University Library has extensive resources for textile design students.  The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Library Guides The Library provides guides on academic referencing: Referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.  This course has been developed in reference to the BATD assessment guide available through BP121 Mystudies – Canvas.   Please refer to the guide in order to familiarise yourself with program assessment methods. At the beginning of each project you will receive a copy of the: brief, teaching schedule and assessment rubric. The rubric should be consulted regularly, as it allows you to self assess and manage your progress. It will be used by your course lecturer/s to assess your project work upon completion.     Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.   If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: