Course Title: Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: MANU5922C

Course Title: Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4218 - Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 992599171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to prepare stencils and screens for textile printing.

This course is delivered concurrently with MANU 5921C Produce Screen Printed Textiles as part of a teaching cluster. Students must ensure they are concurrently enrolled in both courses.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4013A Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing


1/ Prepare Screens

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Design specifications are analysed and discussed with appropriate personnel to confirm stencil requirements.
1.2 Desired effects of screen printing are identified and appropriate conversion technique selected to achieve required design outcome  
1.3 Workstations, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work and OH&S practices
1.4 Layouts are accurately prepared and labeled 
1.5 Media is selected to prepare stencils 
1.6 Stencils are completed and checked against design


2/ Interpret stencil requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Screen types and mesh are selected for appropriate substrates
2.2 Screens are prepared for stencil process and checked against quality standards 
2.3  Stencil masters are exposed according to industry specifications 
2.4  Screen images are developed, dried and finished


3/ Test screens and stencil quality

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Strike off is printed and checked against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met 
3.2 Screen and stencil faults are identified and causes determined  
3.3  Modifications to screens are applied using appropriate techniques, processes and materials
3.4  Screens are completed and prepared for production process 
3.5  Outcomes are examined and checked against specifications with
       appropriate personnel 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities


This course is delivered in a studio / workshop that simulates industry working environment

A range of learning activities, projects  and tasks have been designed to allow students to demonstrate competency.

Please note - not all learning activities are assessment tasks, participants will be advised well in advance if an assessment is taking place.

Teaching Schedule

Learning activities:  
 1. Overview of unit. Assessment, Learning activities, technical file, studio practice and tour of facilities.  
 2 OHS Induction  
 3  Characteristics of stencil and screen types,  printing processes and practices, different types of screens and meshes  

Prepare stencils


Testing stencils.
Workstations, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work and OH&S practices. Finishing, drying, evaluate and conduct quality check.

 6  Pack up workstation, clean studio, correct storage,OH&S  
 7 Print paste media - what is it, how is mixed, chemical structure, properties, using pigment media  
 8 Pigment printing processes, heat setting and testing samples  
 9 Media is selected to prepare stencils  
 10  Screens are prepared for stencil process and checked against quality standards  
 11 Stencil masters are exposed according to industry specifications, Screen images are developed, dried and finished  
 12  Strike off is printed and checked against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met  
 13  Expose screens, times, operate equipment, wash out, possible problems that can occur are discussed
Workstation set up, strike off, testing stencils. Use printing techniques to achieve design effects
 14 Specialist inks and foil, samples, heat setting, care requirements, printing on dark grounds, using the heat press. 
Testing opaques and speciality binders with photographic stencils

Outcomes are examined and checked against specifications with appropriate personnel

Final housekeeping, finalise all printing, reclaim screens, correct storage, compilation of technical file.


Final assessment due

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

McNamara,Andrea and Snelling,Patrick (1995) 
Design and Practice for Printed Textiles 
Oxford University Press Melbourne, Australia 

Joyce,Carol (1993) 
Textile Design 
Watson Guptill Publications 
New York, USA 

Phillips,Peter and Bruce,Gillian (1993) 
Repeat Patterns 
Thames and Hudson Ltd 

Fisher,Richard and Wolfthal,Dorothy (1987) 
Textile Print Design 
Fairchild Publications 

Adam, Robert and Robertson, Carol (2003) 
Screen Printing the complete water based system 
Thames and Hudson Inc., 500Fifth Avenue, 
New York, New York 10110 

Other Resources


Many materials used in this course will be covered by a materials fee and will be provided in studio sessions for example- fabric, paper, pigment, binder, photographic emulsion, film etc.

Your are required to provide the following tools and equipment.

• 30 cm steel ruler 
• Set square 
• Sharp scissors 
• Glue stick 
• Cutting knife with replaceable blades 
• Pacer 
• Fine liners 
• A3 size visual diary 
• Brushes – round 00, 1, 3, 6, 10 

• Black permanent marker 
• 1 pair of household rubber gloves ( from supermarket) and old towel



Overview of Assessment

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. Technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, written tests, practical problem solving exercises and practical tests. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including: 
Completion of learning activities
Process Documentation worksheets
OHS Questionnaire
Studio Practice Checklists
Trouble shooting quiz  and observatioanal checklist

Assessment Tasks


Paper stencils:

A minimum of 6 prints varying in colour, design, layout

Prints are professionally presented – cut down to size with pinking shears or sharp scissors, ironed, use double sided tape to attach prints in technical file – no folding or tape on outside of prints, no staples.

Tonal scale Tonal scale is completed correctly. Samples are cut to size and  accurately labelled

Prepare stencils and screens; texture Used a selection of required opaque media correctly to create film positives.

Strike offs cut down with pinking shears or sharp scissors and put in technical file along with film positives. Everything is clearly and accurately labelled including name of media used for each test.

Prepare stencils and screens; special effects swatch book:  Successfully expose A4 size film of repeated motif in chosen opaque media. Create 4 samples using various off the screen techniques and special effects ink and foil (opaque, metallic, puff and foil). Make a swatch book using professional presentation techniques



Detailed Assessment requirements will be provided in class with each assessment task.

Submission items and tasks for this course will be assessed as:
CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not yet Competent

Assessment Matrix

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