Course Title: Develop drawing skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: VART6331C

Course Title: Develop drawing skills

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

Nominal Hours: 40

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

In this course you will gain the skills and knowledge required to use basic drawing techniques to produce creative work.

This course is delivered concurrently with-

VART5904 Assist in the Development of Textile Designs LMTTD4009A
VART6329C Produce Drawings to Communicate Ideas CUVCD301A

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDRA201A Develop drawing skills


1. Prepare drawing resources

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.


2. Use and test drawing techniques

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. Make plans to develop skills

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


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
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • on-line research
  • independent project based work


Teaching Schedule


Date Week starting


Learning Activities

Independent Study          

Assessment Due Dates

Feb 8


Introduction to course and assessment, OHS Studio Practice, material and resources
Project Botanica. Briefing  and  initial research - Library

Purpose of textile product is clarified and impact on design requirements analysed.

Visual Diary Task

Research floral textiles and   market sectors.

Source images for mood boards.

Flowers to be brought to session 2




Design Brief 1  Botanica  Part A

 Select images Mood Board  Purpose, application, colour 

  • Trends in yarns and raw materials used in similar textile products are researched.
  • Colour palettes reviewed
  • Setting up work stations, professional practice in studio 
  • Drawing  flowers

Collection of images and research flowers and florals.
Selection of trend colour palette

All images for mood boards, scanned or filed digitally.




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

 Start Drawing Folio


27th Feb 10-4pm

March 7


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

 Drawing Folio

Review OHS and studio  practice



Translation Drawing to design

  • 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  



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


Apr 4


Project 1 Botanica Part B 

  • Purpose of textile product is clarified and design requirements and constraints are determined from brief.
  • Principles and elements of design are applied  
  • Technical requirements associated with textile production 

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

Project 1 Part A 

Botanica  Individual Feedback


April 11


Drawing and mark making Geometrics, rendering techniques surface design, weave simulations, textures.

Project 1 Part A Botanica Individual Feedback  continued



Drawing and Mark making  collection development  style selection





• Design ideas are examined against design brief and design selected for further development.
• Design details are documented

  Technical drawing


May 2


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

 Drawing folio Preparations




Paint up and rendering Technical repeats





Paint up and rendering Quality and specifications. Presentation techniques

  Preparation for presentations



Presentation to Panel and Peers and Industry panel Botanica Part A and B Final Submissions

 Submissions  TD1A Due 8am Wednesday 18th May

                          TDPT 6pm Thursday 20th May



 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
  • Visual Diary (A4 or A3 is recommended)
  • Pen and paper/notebook/digital alternative, for writing notes


Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods which may include:

Workbook, design journal or visual diary and folio of drawings
Problem solving exercises and design briefs
Indvidual and group presentations
Observational checklists.

Assessment Tasks


You will have 2 assessment tasks.  To achieve competency you must successfully complete all tasks. Detailed project briefs will be provided in sessions and available on Blackboard.

  1. Project 1 Botanica

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


  1. Observational Check list                                                                CA / NYC        Due Week 9


Assessment Matrix

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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