Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: VART5903C

Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

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 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

 Julia Raath  99259201

Nominal Hours: 100

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 research and analyse various influences on textile design and production. 
You will be looking at what influences textile design, from historical textiles and cultural influences to contemporary social trends, art, fashion, technology, and environmental change. You will apply research and analysis of the design process, construction techniques, colour, textile products and future directions in textiles as well as the principles and elements of design. 


This course is clustered with Analyse Use of Colour in Textiles

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4007A Analyse textile design influences


1 Analyse key influences on textile designs


Performance Criteria:

1.1  Significant historical events that have influenced textile design are identified and their effects analysed

1.2 Significant cultural influences on the development of textile design are identified and their effects analysed

1.3 Contemporary influences on textile design are analysed

1.4 Characteristics represented in textiles are identified.

1.5  Changes to production processes, including the effects of new and emerging technologies on textile designs are analysed.


2 Identify feature of the design process


Performance Criteria:

2.1  Steps in responding to a design brief are identified.

2.2  Commercial considerations in producing a design are identified.

2.3  Elements of design are identified.

2.4  Principles of design are identified.


3 Source information on textile designs and products


Performance Criteria:

3.1  Possible sources of information on textile designs and products are identified and means of accessing information determined

3.2  Information gathering tools are used according to OHS practices

3.3  Information is assessed for reliability to inform design processes


4 Analyse textile construction techniques


Performance Criteria:

4.1  Purpose and key features of textile product are identified

4.2  Desired effects of design features are described.

4.3  Production techniques applied to create design features are described.

4.4  Use of production techniques in contemporary designs is identified.


5 Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart


Performance Criteria:

5.1 Colour is investigated and dimensions are identified.

5.2 Relationship between value and intensity is identified and a colour chart is painted.

5.3 Colour wheel is prepared according to colour mixing principles.

5.4 Shade scale is prepared according to colour mixing principles.

5.5 Colour matching for production is implemented.

5.6 Colour charts are inspected or checked against quality standards.

5.7 Any changes or adjustments are carried out as required.

5.8  Documentation relating to colour charts is completed.


6 Analyse influences on future directions in textiles


Performance Criteria:

6.1 New or emerging textiles are identified and features, benefits and likely uses examined

6.2  Trends and influences are analysed to identify possible changes in 

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 an industry working environment

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

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

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations
  • analysis/critique of own work and others
  • colour and design activities or projects
  • group projects and activities
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • on-line research
  • independent project based work
  • Visits to galleries and events

Teaching Schedule


Date Week starting


 Learning Program                                                                                                                                                           Independent study 
Feb 81         
Introduction to projects and assessment criteria. OH&S induction  
Significant historical and cultural influences on textiles:
Social, cultural, geographic, environmental, historical, technological
Library tour   Research skills 
Research  Design  

Workbook Task OHS 

Start Botanica Project research

Feb 15 2

Video-Colour theory: colour wheels, tints, tones, shades, primary, secondary, tertiary, CMYK, RGB. Grey Scale.How colour is used in TD: colour schemes, purpose/function, visual mixing, simultaneous contrast. How do designers use colour?

 Independent study Bring paint brushes, pencils palette          Historical Floral research 

Feb 22                   3

Colour Wheels Colour matching activity
Colour wheels and charts continued

Bring paint brushes, pencils palette   

Feb 294
  • Sourcing information on Textiles
  • Trend Forecasting, market research, social media.  Continue colour wheels
Complete colour wheels /Colour matching and trend colours
March 75 Study tour to NGV - Blue Alchemy of Colour
  • Textile products - Design styles
  • Analysing the influences
March 146

 The design process

Analyse the design process activity,
Answering the brief,
Elements and principles of design and how we apply them to textile design

 Workbook Task

March 21 7

24–30 March Mid-semester break*
25 March Good Friday public holiday

 Workbook Task
March 28 7 28 March Easter Monday public holiday
29 March Easter Tuesday RMIT holiday
31 March Classes resume (Thursday)
 Submission  Botanica  Mood board final  
March 288


  • Technical design specifications               
  • Putting together a design collection: Main design or “Hero”


April 49

Library Major Research project Discussion on research topics and project planning techniques

April 1110

 Analyse textile construction techniques Purpose and key features of textile product are identified
Desired effects of design features are described.


April 1811

Production techniques and use in contemporary design Identify application and uses of colour


Task 2 Research project submissions due
April 2512

Research  presentations


May 213

Research presentations

May 914

Colourways and coordinates

May 1615Complete any outstanding workbook tasksTask 1 Workbook Submission                                    
May 2316Assessment Feedback Scheduled appointments


*This weekly schedule may be subject to change, please check your RMIT student email regularly for updates


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


* Texts listed are an overview only. Additional Texts will also be suggested according to individual research topics and industry excusions.

5000 years of textiles Jennifer Harris, British Museum Press in association with the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: 2004
World Textiles: a concise history Mary Schoeser, Thames and Hudson, London: 2003
World Textiles: a visual guide John Gillow and Brian Sentence, Little, Brown and Company, Boston 1999
The Cambridge History of Western Textiles D Jenkins, Cambridge University Press, New York: 2002
A History of Costume in the West Francois Boucher, Thames and Hudson, London, 1987
The Melbourne Design Guide. Ed. Viviane Stappmanns and Ewan McEoin. Pub Lab.3000 2006
Handmade in Melbourne. Jan Phyland and Janet De Silva. Pud GSP Books. 2006
Designation. Pub. Ripe off the Press 2006
Ways of Seeing John Berger, Penguin, London
Spirit Country Jennifer Isaacs, Hardie Grant, Sth Yarra
Art Almanac – this is an excellent monthly guide to exhibitions in Melbourne and Victoria. Available at art supply shops and newsagents
Craft Almanac – online bulletin of Craft Victoria

Some examples of Magazines and Journals –
Art Monthly
ART Asia Pacific
Art and Australia
Un magazine
Object Magazine
Surface Design
Textile Fibre Forum
Parkett Magazine
Craft Arts International

Other Resources

Students will require a pencil, pen and notebook / journal in all classes.

Set of gouache paints and paint brushes - Details will be provided in class session

A camera is often useful but not essential.
Computer labs are accessible on the campus for the preparation of digital and written presentations.

A laptop or desktop computer with the Adobe Suite - Creative Cloud would be useful for the preparation of assessment tasks.  

It is recommended that you purchase a portable data storage device  and / or use your online storage facilities to back up all assessments. 

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including a journal containing planning, organisation and self directed research material, oral presentations, digital presentation files, preparation of a handout containing images, written synopsis and bibliography, written quiz, practical problem solving exercise, interview of a contemporary designer, concept and story boards.

Please note that some of these tasks and activities will be undertaken in the linked courses mentioned above and assessed in collaboration with staff delivering these courses.

Students are advised that they may to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

You will undertake 2 assessment tasks.  

Task 1 Design and Colour Work Book          60%                        Due week 15

The workbook contains a range of colour and design tasks - each task must be completed to a satisfactory level to be deemed competent. The tasks include:

  • Colour studies
  • Design Process
  • Textile analysis 
  • Trend forecasting

Task 2 Research presentation                   40 %                           Due Week 11    

Individual presentations to the group  will be scheduled in weeks 12 and 13.                                

Assessment Matrix

 Elements  Task 1 Workbook Task 2 Research Presentation
 1 Analyse key influences on textile designs x x
 2 Identify feature of the design process x
 3 Source information on textile designs and productsx x
4 Analyse textile construction techniques   x x
 5 Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart 
 6 Analyse Influences of future directions      x 

Other Information

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
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Student Progress
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Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1 (unresolved)

Late Submission of Assessment Work Penalties

A deduction of 5% per day on your final mark will be made for assessable work handed in or due for presentation, up to a period of 7 days beyond the due by date (including weekends and holiday periods).

Partial or incomplete work handed in after the due by date will result in the entire final assessable work being downgraded using the 5% penalty per day rule.
Work that is handed in for assessment after day 7 without an approved Extension of Time Application, University Special Consideration or Disability Liaison Unit – “Equitable Assessment Form” in place will be awarded an NN grade and 0% mark.

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