Course Title: Textile Design Studio - Surface

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Design Studio - Surface

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Claire Beale

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9411

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513.02.13

Course Coordinator Availability: by 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 Policy.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the creative and practical skills required for surface design and sampling of fabrics.

You will be introduced to print workshop practice, hand screen-printing and textile manipulation techniques. You will also develop a technical design vocabulary and become familiar with design communication and presentation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will focus on the following program capabilities:

  • Examine, analyse and evaluate theoretical and practical principles, emerging trends and issues pertinent to textile design and related industries.
  • Investigate, synthesis, design and apply principles of textile design, technologies and materials and processes to create original textile based concepts and outcomes.
  • Demonstrate technical and creative skills, critical thinking when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts for textile, fashion and other design contexts.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Investigate and discuss concepts and design principles for printed textiles.
  • Create drawings using a range of media and illustration techniques for printed textiles.
  • Design and develop a range of co-ordinating croquis and fabric swatches.
  • Identify and describe suitable fabrics, production processes and finishings for surface patterned textiles.
  • Apply occupational health and safety (OH&S) and responsible practice in the studio and print workshop.
  • Document technical resources and processes for printed textiles.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will take a blended approach in its delivery with learning activities that include; online delivery, lectures held on the Brunswick campus, practical exercises and demonstrations, group discussions, and face-to-face tutorials.

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 Fashion and Textiles students. The subject guide includes quality online and print resources for your studies.  The WGSN database is a valuable resource for trend based research.  The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.



Overview of Assessment

This course has been developed in reference to the BATD assessment guide available through BP121 Mystudies - Blackboard.

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.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes for this course and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

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 f you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your lecturers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment policy