Course Title: Fashion Technology 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Technology 2

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


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


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Diana Klein

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252781

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GRAP 2363 Fashion Technology 1

Course Description

Fashion Technology 2 is offered in the second semester of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) program and builds on knowledge and skills developed in Fashion Technology 1 and provides the foundation for further studies in Fashion Technology and Design Studio courses. The course is equally spit into two modules.
Module one further develops knowledge of textiles technology for the fashion industry focussing on the breadth of textile fibres, materials and processes with particular emphasis on factors important to the fashion designer. This module consists of a series of lectures and tutorials, which cover the principal generic fibre types and fabric constructions.
Module two is based on extending fundamental knowledge in 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 provides 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:
 develop an appreciative attitude to textiles
 become familiar with, recognise and identify, the principal generic types of natural and synthetic fibres
 recognise and understand the different characteristics of each of the generic fibres and select the most appropriate fibre with regard to the end use
 extend understanding of the 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
 develop different problem solving techniques using textiles as the vehicle to explore in various directions
 introduce students to the ethical issues that occur when making textile choices
 further experiment with and gain confidence in the use of CAD as a drawing and presentation media
 extend skills in fashion CAD pattern preparation and development, input and grading
 further 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 and practical and experimental exercises. You will work on both individual and set projects and will be expected to make presentations and participate actively in group discussions. You will be expected to interpret project briefs and respond individually to experimental exercises.

The planned learning activities cover the areas of:

 CAD pattern design
 Fashion CAD graphic presentation
 Yarns Classification and structures, count systems, production.
 Fabric Structures, properties and production of woven, knitted, non-woven, carpet, loop-pile, printed and embroidered fabrics.

A detailed study program will be included in the course outline and project 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., 2006, Textiles for Modern Living, 5th Ed., Longman Cheshire, Australia.
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
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: 
Journal 15%
Project work 12.5%
Tutorial presentations 10%
Quizzes 12.5%

CAD module:
CAD pattern design – 25%
 Folio – set of exercises
Graphic presentation – 25%
 One graphic based presentation including research and 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.

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