Course Title: Analyse use of colour in textiles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: VART5905C

Course Title: Analyse use of colour in textiles

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 9925 9171

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Nominal Hours: 30

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 understand and use colour theory principles and elements and experimentation to analyse colour to inform textile design process and produce new colour schemes.

This course is delivered concurrently with Analyse Textile Design Influences (VART 5903C).

Please ensure you are enrolled in both courses.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4012A Analyse use of colour in textiles


1 Analyse effects of colour used in textiles

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Effects of colour dimensions are examined.

1.2 Relationship of colour theory to textile design process is identified.

1.3 Visual or optical effects of colour are analysed.

1.4  Samples of textile products that demonstrate different visual effects are collected and compared


2 Analyse suitable colour combinations for use in textile design

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Colour combinations are developed using computer software or manual processes

2.2 Colour wheel and colour charts are used to assist colour investigations

2.3  New colour schemes are identified and illustrated


3 Consider use of colour in textile design

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Different colour uses are identified and compared for impact.

3.2 Colour forecasting options are investigated.

3.3  Colour investigations are documented for future reference.

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

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 you 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

This course is delivered concurrently with Analyse Textile Design Influences (VART 5903C). You will find a detailed Teaching schedule in the Analyse Textile Design Influences (VART 5903C) course guide.

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.
You will need access to a computer to prepare digital presentations to the group

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of 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 learning  tasks and activities will be undertaken in the linked course  VART 5903CAnalyse Textile Design Influences  ( LMTTD4007)
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


Assessment Tasks

Task 1 Design and Colour Work Book/Folio               60%        Due 24th of October

The workbook contains a range of colour and design tasks - each task must be completed to a satisfactory level to be deemed competent. It also contains analysis and notes on Design influences. The tasks include:

  • Colour studies
  • Design Process
  • Textile analysis (Notes and analysis on Different influences and textiles
  • Trend forecasting
  • Tribe Project Folio


Task 2 Research Project                                 40 %       Due 3rd of October    

Research and presentation on a historical/cultural textile technique/artist/movement. The project includes and will be marked on the following:

  • Research and plan
  • Analysis and annotations
  • Presentation (verbal and handouts)

Individual presentations to the group will be scheduled in weeks 12

Assessment Matrix

 Elements Colour Studies   Colourways              Trend and colour forecasting/ colour matching  
Analyse the effects of colour used in Textile design
x x 
 Analyse suitable colour combinations for use in textile design
 Consider use of colour in textile designx x 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 :;ID=9pp3ic9obks7 (unresolved)

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)

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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic int
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• Special Consideration, appeals, and discipline
• Academic Integrity
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