Course Title: Fashion Technology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Technology 1

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


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


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Diana Klein

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2781

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 8.10.07

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is offered in the first semester of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) program and provides the foundation for further offerings in Fashion Technology and Design Studio courses. The course split is equally into two modules.
Module one relates to textiles technology for the fashion industry and focuses on the breadth of textile fibres, materials and processes with particular emphasis on factors important to the fashion designer, covering the principal generic fibre types and fabric constructions.
Module two is based on the understanding of computer aided design (CAD) within the fashion industry and focuses on the use and application of dedicated pattern design software for the fashion industry and the use and application of graphic software for presentation of design ideas and technical information.
This course will provide you with the necessary background on which to build in subsequent semesters of the program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will enable you to:

  • become familiar with the principal textile types of natural and synthetic fibres
  • become aware of the different characteristics of each of the generic fibres and facilitate selection of the most appropriate fibre with regard to end use
  • understand the basic principles of production and manufacture of textile fibres and fabrics and how this may affect the properties and performance of the fabric
  • become familiar with textile terminology which will increase competence and confidence when communicating written and oral textile information
  • develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills of handling different fabric types and possess the necessary knowledge and expertise to evaluate the quality of a fabric
  • introduce students to the ethical issues that occur when making textile choices
  • understand relevant functions of CAD disk operating systems and acquire the skills to operate various input/output devices
  • develop skills in fashion CAD pattern preparation and development, input, grading and marker making
  • understand the application of CAD to the fashion industry, including developing an ethical approach to copyright material

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will include lectures, tutorials, information sessions, demonstrations, student presentations plus practical and experimental exercises. You will work on both individual and group projects and will be expected to make presentations and participate actively in group discussions. You will be expected to interpret module briefs including the majority of experimental exercises individually.

The planned learning activities cover the areas of:

  • CAD pattern design
  • Fashion CAD graphic presentation
  • Fibre Classification, origins, production and properties of natural, regenerated and synthetic fibres.

    A detailed study program will be included in the course outline and module briefs.
    Projects, exercises and research will be set for the learner directed hours.

Overview of Learning Resources

Within contact hours, you will be provided access to specialised computer labs and equipment required for this course. Access time will be provided for specialized CAD laboratories at allocated non-contact times.
Recommended texts for study (there are no prescribed texts):

TOTORA, P., 2001, Understanding Textiles, McMillan, New York. Call No. 677 T712
FAIRFIELD, C.A. & ALVEY, P. J., 1984, Textile Terms and Definitions, The Textile Institute, Manchester
GOHL E.P.G., & VILENSKY L.D., Textiles for Modern Living. (Any edition).

GRIFFITH, R., POTTER, D. & CORMAN, B., 1995, Fibre to Fabric, Australian Ed., McGraw Hill, Sydney.
HATCH, K., 1993, Textile Science, West Publishing Co., St Paul USA.
LINTON G., 1980, The Modern Textile and Apparel Dictionary, 4th Rev. Ed. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Call No. FOL 677 \A111 
KADOLPH, S.J., 2007, Textiles, Pearson Prentice Hall, New York.

Software and hardware manuals as directed
Fashion industry trade magazines
Relevant computer publications
Recommended videos will be available in the library

Overview of Assessment

You will have assessable tasks aligned to each of the two course modules.

Textiles Technology module:  50%

Journal and set exercises 25%

Presentation 15%

Project 10%

CAD module: 50%
CAD  3D modeling 25% - Folio of set exercises
Graphic presentation 25% - One graphics based presentation including development work

Projects will be assessed according to technical skills and methodology and design skills. All graphic work must be seen in progress during class time to qualify for assessment.

Prior to the commencement of each module, a detailed assessment criteria and week by week program will be provided. Each module must be passed to achieve a passing grade in this course