Course Title: Work in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EMPL5588C

Course Title: Work in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4238 - Certificate IV in Custom made Footwear

Course Contact: Tallal Khan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259118

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Footwear CAD
Janette Wotherspoon

Footwear drawing and design
Jenny Pojia

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

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to identify key production processes within a textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) sector, in this case the Footwear industry. 

You will have the opportunity to work cooperatively with others on problem solving, enterprise and initiatives and challenges in productive work. You will develop communication skills through teamwork. Self management is required to ensure skills are developed to the necessary work standard.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTGN2003B Work in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry


1. Identify key industry representatives

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant TCFsectors are identified.
1.2 Industry representatives and their roles are identified.


2. Identify relevant legislation and guidelines

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant legislation and guidelines common to employment within TCF sector are identified.
2.2 Rights, responsibilities and legal obligations are identified.
2.3 Concepts of product quality in workplace are identified.
2.4 Employability skills for workplace production are identified.


3. Identify production processes and supply chains

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Workplace materials are identified.
3.2 Workplace production processes for converting materials into products are identified.
3.3 Workplace supply chains for products are identified.


4. Describe workplace processes

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Workplace practices are identified.
4.2 Key activities of workplace are described.
4.3 Key personnel and their roles are identified.
4.4 OHS practices are identified.
4.5 Workplace areas or departments and their role in the production process are identified


5. Learn skills for productive work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Required skills for current work role are identified.
5.2 Skill limitations are identified.
5.3 Opportunities for further skill development are identified.
5.4 Plan for learning required skills is developed with or accepted from the supervisor.
5.5 Learning and development activities are participated in.


6. Manage own work

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Responsibility is taken for own work tasks and role.
6.2 Initiative is used to articulate ideas and suggestions for improvements in own work processes
6.3 Problem-solving strategies are used to address problems, inconsistencies or concerns when fulfilling work role
6.4 Own work is monitored against workplace standards and areas for improvement identified and acted upon
6.5 Work effectively and cooperatively with others in work team.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This course has been divided into two distinct learning areas that cover all the learning outcomes required for working in a footwear company. The aim of the course is to provide you with the skills required to work in the footwear industry in relation to communicating design ideas and technical information, i.e. specifications. Footwear drawing and design component is delivered manually in the footwear workroom. The Computer-aided (CAD) learning in the course is delivered in a Computer laboratory and covers the development and distribution of the technical information currently used in the footwear industry. You need to be deemed competent in both learning areas to pass this course.

Teaching Schedule

Footwear  CAD

This class has been designed to be self directed. with workshop every second week and practice and application on alternative week.
Week 1-2
Introduction to full year program
Introduction to assignments
Existing Skills Audit
Student expectations
Saving and storing files
File formats
The network
Software to Learn
• Adobe illustrator
• Adobe photoshop
• Adobe in design
• Adobe acrobat
• Microsoft excel
• Blackboard
Week 3 - 5
Introduction to Illustrator
Drawing shoes
• Basic program functions
• Adding colour
• Changing colour
• Using drawing tools
• Using the pen tool
• What is a technical drawing
• Creating basic shoe technical drawing of a ladies court shoe
• Adding technical detailing
• Making stitch lines
Week 6 - 9
Creating brush patterns
• Using brush libraries
• Creating brush patterns
• Creating a brush pattern library
Brush pattern libraries
Week 10
Pathfinder suite
Using pathfinder suite for technical drawing
Week 11 - 12
Drawing shoes
Creating front view
Creating back view
Creating side view
Week 13-14
Introduction to specification sheets
Creating the industry requirements for a shoe manufacturing specification sheet 
 Week 15-16 
Adding colour and texture to shoe drawings
Adding leather and fabric finishes to shoes 
Students are to Design and finalise their own personal specification sheet.

Footwear drawing and design
Week 1
Introduction to industry drawings
Equipment required and use of
OH&S and good work station set-up
What is the difference between a technical drawing (specification), a rough drawing and an Illustration?

Week 2
Draw and discuss shoe silhouettes and detail variations. Considering the constraints of the brief, make clear rough sketches developing 3 design concepts and 4 variations of each concept. Use a consistent scale and clear pen or pencil sketches for peer commentIntroduce Elements and principles of design
Discuss course and assessment requirements and introduce Trends Report. Assignment 1 discussed 

Week 3 - 5
Industry specification drawing
Industry drawing and technical specification work sheets
Introduction to design specification work sheet, different views etc

Week 6 - 9 
Introduce fashion trends research resources at the library; discuss analysis of trend for fashion trends reports.
Develop partnerships for Assignment.
Research and design development

Week 10 - 12
Student groups (client/designer) to discuss and analyse development of footwear designs and requirements established
Colour-up your designs using gouache, mixed media or markers.
Presentation skills – preparing a range board
Finalising of design specification design sheets

Week 13
Finalise initial footwear designs and present for assessment 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and will consist of both theory and practical based exercises, predominantly in class but some out of class research and information formatting is required as well. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks.

All assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved. Tasks that have not be authenticated in class as the student’s own work will not be considered for assessment. Regular attendance is encouraged.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Assessment Tasks

Footwear CAD
Electronic folio of drawings and information created as part of class exercises
Specification Sheet

Footwear drawing and design
folio of drawings & Final Trends Report

Assessment Matrix

 Trends Report
Specification Sheet
Electronic folio of drawings and information created as part of class exercises
1. Identify key industry representatives XXX
2. Identify relevant legislation and guidelines  XX
3. Identify production processes and supply chainsXXX
4. Describe workplace processes  X
5. Learn skills for productive workXX X
6. Manage own workXX X

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