Course Title: Develop drawing skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: VART6340C

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

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

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
VART6339C 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:

1.1 Identify and obtain drawing tools, equipment and materials
1.2 Prepare tools, equipment and materials according to workplace procedures and safety requirements
1.3 Set up a safe work space with guidance from key people


2. Use and test drawing techniques


Performance Criteria:

2.1 View a range of drawings in different styles and discuss with others how effects are achieved
2.2 Match potential techniques to the ideas for the work with the assistance of key people
2.3 Test nominated techniques to determine the effects they achieve
2.4 Safely use selected techniques to produce drawings
2.5 Calculate correct quantities of materials required and minimise waste where possible
2.6 Clean and store tools, equipment and materials according to safety requirements and specific needs of different items


3. Make plans to develop skills

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Seek feedback on drawing work from key people
3.2 Respond positively to feedback and identify key areas for improvement
3.3 Review different opportunities to build own skills and select suitable options

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 s a studio based course. On completion you will be able to;

• produce drawings where the techniques and materials support the ideas for the work
• apply knowledge of drawing tools, equipment and materials.

Learning activities will include;

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• practical demonstrations
• design and drawing activities or projects
• group projects
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Date Week starting Week Learning Activity                                                                                                                                                    

Independent study                                                                            

Assessments     Due                                                                                                     

Feb 8 1

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.

Collect  and source images for mood boards.

Flowers to be brought to session 2


15 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 pallettes 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.
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,

 Drawing FolioReview OHS and studio  practice
14 6

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  

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




Apr 4 8

Project 1 Botanica Part B  Collection development – Coordinates

  • 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 

Project 1 Part A Botanica  Individual  Feedback


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

Stage 1 Individual Feedback 

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

 Drawing and Mark making  collection development  style selection



25 11

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

  Technical drawing


May 2 12Repeat 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 
9 13Paint up and rendering Technical repeats  
16 14Paint up and rendering Quality and specifications. Presentation techniques  Preparation for presentations
23 15Presentation to Panel and Peers and Industry panel

Botanica 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

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

Assessement 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 or visual diary and folio of drawings
  • Problem solving exersices and design briefs
  • Indvidual and group presentations
  • Observational checklists.


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  A3 Drawing Folio           Graded  

  • Part A CA / NYC A3 Drawing Folio Feedback Week 8 and 9
  • Part B Graded                                                       Due  Week 15 
  • Observational Checklist   CA / NYC  Due Week 9

Assessment Matrix


Project 1

Observational Checklist

Prepare drawing resources
Use and test drawing techniques  xx
Make plans to develop skills


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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