Course Title: Assist in the development of textile designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: VART5904C

Course Title: Assist in the development of textile designs

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  +61 3 99259201

Nominal Hours: 50

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 assist with the development of designs for textile products. The unit applies to assisting others in the development of design concepts for textile products according to a specified brief.

This course is delivered concurrently with

VART 6339C Produce Drawings CUVACD301A
VART 6340C Develop Drawing Skills CUVDRA201A

Please ensure that you are enrolled in each of these courses occurs during the same teaching period.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4009A Assist in the development of textile designs


1 Interpret design brief for textile product

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Purpose of textile product is clarified and impact on design requirements analysed
1.2 Design requirements are determined from brief
1.3 Design constraints are identified
1.4 Examples of textile products that meet aspects of the design brief are analysed to clarify design objectives
1.5 Brief is discussed with team members and design priorities established


2 Analyse technical requirements of design brief

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Trends in yarns and raw materials used in similar textile products are researched and performance, colour, availability, care and maintenance requirements compared against design requirements
2.2 Technical requirements associated with textile production processes are assessed, within specified guidelines and according to OHS practices.
2.3 Any additional expertise required for project is identified.
2.4 Impacts of materials and processes on design are identified.


3 Contribute to design concepts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Preliminary concepts are developed with others to explore possibilities.
3.2 Storyboards, sketches or other tools used for textile designs are used to develop designs.
3.3 Principles of design and elements of design are applied to development of design ideas.
3.4 Ideas are contributed and discussed with team members to enhance success of project.
3.5 Design ideas are examined against design brief and design selected for further development.
3.6 Sample textile product is developed to test design concept.



4 Assist in the preparation of presentation materials

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Techniques for presenting textile product design are selected
4.2 Support materials are developed with team members to demonstrate features and benefits of textile design.
4.3 Design details are documented

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 is  a studio based course. On completion you will be able to apply knowledge of:
• the elements and principles of design and how they are used to create good design in the textiles industry
• global and local trends
• textile product construction
• research sources
• colour or colour mix and interpretation
• fabrics, fibres, yarns, accessories and their properties and characteristics
• OHS practices including hazard identification and control measures
• quality practices
• workplace practices
• recording and reporting practices

Demonstrates skills to:
• provide effective assistance with the preparation of preliminary design concepts
• produce sketches manually or using CAD systems
• communicate effectively with individuals, work groups and supervisors
• interpret and carry out established procedures
• document and transfer information
• read, interpret and follow information on work specifications, standard operating procedures and work instructions, and other reference material
• maintain accurate records
• sequence operations
• meet specifications
• clarify and check task-related information
• carry out work according to OHS practices

Teaching Schedule

Date Week starting Week Learning Activity                                                                                                                                                    

 Assessments Due

Independent study       


Feb 8 1

Introduction to course and assessment, OHS Studio Practice
Project Botanica. Briefing
Purpose of textile product is clarified and impact on design requirements analysed.

 Visual Diary Task

Research floral textiles and   market  sectors.

Collect images for mood boards.Images and flowers to be brought to session 2


15 2

Design Brief 1  Botanica

 Select images Mood Board  Purpose, application, colour 

  • Trends in yarns and raw materials used in similar textile products are researched. Colour pallettes reviewed
Collection of images and research flowers and florals.
Selection of trend colour palette
All images for mood boards, scanned or filed digitally.
22 3

Drawing - Flowers introduction
• Set up a safe work space
• Explore preliminary design concepts through drawing


 Start Drawing Folio 
March 7 5

Creating patterns and developing croquis.
Florals, stylization drawing flowers, Introducing colour - ink washes, wax resist, Illustration techniques
Gouache, Tonal rendering, Wax scratch back,
Review OHS

 Drawing Folio 
14 6

Sample textile product is developed

  • Repeats systems and design layouts - using grids, graph and tracing paper and accurate drawing techniques.
  • Block repeat (Swiss), Half drop, Spot Sateen, reflect and rotate.
  • Review design layouts- what is a layout ?
  • Principles of design and elements of design are applied to development of design ideas.


 Technical Drawing



Checklist 1  

21 7
24–30 March Mid-semester break* Easter 31 March Classes resume (Thursday) 




Apr 4 8

Collection development – Coordinates
• Purpose of textile product is clarified and design requirements and constraints are determined from brief
• Trends in yarns and raw materials used in similar textile products are researched.
• Technical requirements associated with textile production 

Project 1 Part A Botanica Individual Feedback


Mood Board completed and ready to be used in Weave and Knit Classes – Colour matching yarns.

Stage 1 Individual Feedback

April 11 9Geometrics, rendering techniques surface design, weave simulations, textures.Project 1 Part A Botanica Individual Feedback 
18 10

Collection Development - Principles and elements of design are applied  




25 11

 Repeat systems - Half drop and Brick repeat , placements
• Designing coordinates
• Select approaches that best suit the purpose of drawings and their presentation context

  Technical drawing                                                 


May 2 12 Coordinates
• Design ideas are examined against design brief and design selected for further development.
• Design details are documented
 Drawing folio Preparations 
9 13Paint up and rendering Technical repeats  
16 14Paint up and rendering Quality and specifications  Preparation for presentations
23 15Presentation to Panel and Peers and Industry panel

Part A and B Final Submissions

Due 8am Wednesday 18th May
30 16 Students to collect submissions Individual Feedback Sessions by appointment  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

 These tools will be used in several courses.

  • Set of lead pencils; H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B
  •  Black fine liner pens; 0.2 mm and 0.5 mm
  • Black permanent marker
  • Eraser
  • Glue stick
  • 30 cm steel ruler and plastic set square
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Cutting knife with replaceable blades
  • A selection of papers for drawing  A3 Cartridge  Sketch Book
  • Variety of paint brushes, round size; 00, 1, 3, 6, 10. You will also find chisel brushes useful. Acrylic brushes available in local $2 shops are quite satisfactory. Pure Sable brushes are expensive, but one or two can be a good investment.
  •  Set of gouache paints*  See information provided in design class.
  • Visual Diary (A4 or A3 is recommended)
  • Technical notebooks / folders – teachers will advise you will need one for each practical class.
  • Pen and paper/notebook/digital alternative, for writing notes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing through the course and tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including:

  • workbook , design journal and  folio of designs  
  • problem solving exersices and design briefs
  • indvidual and group presentations

Certain assessment tasks will be used to assess across the courses described above.


Assessment Tasks

To achieve competency you must successfully complete all assessment tasks. You will be provided with detailed project briefs which are also available on Blackboard C4218 

Project 1 Botanica

Part A CA / NYC Visual Diary and A3  Folio Feedback Week 8 and 9
Part B Final Selected Main Design and coordinates presented Graded Due Week 15

Observational Checklist CA / NYC Due Week 9

Assessment Matrix


Project 1 Part A CA/ NYC     

Project 1 Part B


Obserational Checklist

1 Interpret design brief for textile product

2 Analyse technical requirements of design brief                                                           xx 
3 Contribute to design concepts
 x                            x                                x
4 Assist in the preparation of presentation materialsxx 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.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher/tutor/lecturer on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT :

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1 (unresolved)

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 :

Penalties for late assessment
Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension will be penalised as follows:
- Complete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark
- Partial or incomplete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark for the entire assessable work
- Work submitted after day 7 will be awarded an NN grade and 0% mark
- Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty
- Where a due date includes a specific time for submission or presentation, submissions after that time on the due date incur a 5% penalty.

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