Course Title: Produce screen printed textiles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: MANU7393C

Course Title: Produce screen printed textiles

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4390 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

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 explore the diverse application of screen printing techniques used to produce screen print designs on textiles.

This course consists of 2 Units of Competency that are clustered for delivery and some assessment. The other Unit of Competency in this clustered course is:

  • MSTTD4002 Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTD4005 Produce screen printed textiles


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) 1.2 Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times 1.3 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs 1.4 Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Prepare to screen print textiles

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Analyse design specifications and discuss with appropriate personnel to confirm production requirements 2.2 Identify desired effects of screen printing and select appropriate printing technique to achieve required design outcome 2.3 Select textile substrates and quantities according to design requirements 2.4 Select stencil techniques, stencil types, masters, screen types, meshes and medium according to requirements of printing technique, substrate and design


3 Apply screen printing procedure

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Set up workstation, tools and equipment according to specifications for work 3.2 Prepare substrates and check against quality standards 3.3 Prepare stencil masters, meshes and screens for printing according to requirements for selected printing technique 3.4 Prepare printing set up 3.5 Apply screen printing techniques to meet design specifications for sample and according to workplace procedures


4 Produce textile printed sample

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check strike off against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met 4.2 Identify printing faults and production problems and determine causes 4.3 Analyse printing process, technique and medium used to determine necessary modifications to printing techniques, processes or materials 4.4 print sample 4.5 Finish screen print and complete housekeeping 4.6 Examine outcomes with appropriate personnel and discuss and document possible modifications to design 4.7 Complete required documentation

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 is delivered in a studio / workshop that simulates industry working environment

A range of learning activities, projects and tasks have been designed to allow students to demonstrate competency.

Please note - not all learning activities are assessment tasks, participants will be advised well in advance if an assessment is taking place.

Teaching Schedule



Learning activities:


Assessment Due:

Materials for students to bring to class:

  1. 8 Feb

Overview of unit. Assessment, Learning activities, technical file, studio practice and tour of facilities.


OHS Induction to screen reclaiming, screen selection, storage and labelling. Characteristics of stencil and screen types, printing processes and practices, different types of screens and meshes. Prepare paper stencils

Screen reclaiming Induction


*Rubber gloves and basic tool kit should be bought to every class              

  1. 15 Feb

General print room induction.

Testing paper stencils.
Workstations, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work and OH&S practices. Finishing, drying, evaluate and conduct quality check. Pack up workstation, clean studio, correct storage, OH&S

General Print room induction

  • Pre-cut paper stencils
  • Rubber gloves
  • General tool kit

*Optional*extra fabric for printing (100% cotton only – preferably calico or plain weave)


  1. 22 Feb

Testing paper stencils (continued).
Workstations, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work and OH&S practices. Finishing, drying, evaluate and conduct quality check. Pack up workstation, clean studio, correct storage, OH&S

Observational checklist

  • Pre-cut paper stencils
  • Rubber gloves
  • General tool kit

*Optional*extra fabric for printing (100% cotton only – preferably calico or plain weave)

  1. 1 March

Print paste media - what is it, how is mixed, chemical structure, properties, using pigment media, OH&S. Pigment printing processes, heat setting and testing samples.  Induction to using the heat press. Tonal scale and heat setting activity



  1. 8 March

Screens are prepared for photographic stencil process ,coating with photographic emulsion – techniques, OH&S


Media is selected to prepare stencils. Stencils are completed and checked against design.

Observational checklist and induction documentation.


  • Brushes
  • Mark making media(black)
  • USB for digital files
  1. 15 March

Stencil masters are exposed according to industry specifications, Screen images are developed, dried and finished.  Strike off is printed and checked against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met. 


Specialist inks and foil, samples, heat setting, care requirements, printing on dark grounds, using the heat press, OH&S.


  • Dark coloured or patterned fabric, or a combination of both

         (1/2 metre approx.)

  1. 22 March

Prepare stencils and screens quiz revision.

Completion of all practical exercises to date.




Easter Break  - Starting 29 March retuning to class on Thursday April 5


  1. 5 April

Final housekeeping, reclaim screens, correct storage, compilation of technical file. Undertake quiz.


Project briefing for swatch book project

Prepare stencils and screens quiz




  1. 12 April

Design work bought to class.  Analysis and suitability of designs are discussed; conversion techniques and options are considered. Selection of textile substrates is considered in accordance with job and design requirements.

Technical file 1


  • Design work
  • Mood board
  •  colour palette
  •  Containers for ink storage (plastic)
  1. 19 April

Screens are prepared for printing according to requirements for selected printing technique. Opaque media selected. Prepare stencils and screens for photographic exposure


  • Fabric for swatches (*check brief for details of types and quantities)
  1. 26 April

Inductions to digital print technologies – sublimation and placement printer



  1. 3 May

Developing, mixing and testing colour palette. Recording recipes, specification sheets Analysing swatch books and swatch book construction, professional presentation, examples, how to make.

Testing samples, workstation set up – preparing tables and stapling fabric, stops and registration rail use, squeegee selection. 



  1. 10 May

Produce screen printed textiles. Substrate preparation – laundering, pre shrinking.
Strike off, printing techniques including flood coat and dry pull.

Continue tests, Prints checked and quality examined. Screens reclaimed and checked.



  1. 17 May

Produce screen printed textiles. Substrate preparation – laundering, pre shrinking.
Strike off, printing techniques including flood coat and dry pull.

Continue tests, Swatch book construction. Prints checked and quality examined. Screens reclaimed and checked. Record keeping completed



  1. 24 May


Swatch book and Technical File 2



  1. 31 May




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include two projects. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on My RMIT.

To achieve successful completion of these courses 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. Results that apply to this course that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment requirements for MSTTD4005 Produce screen printed textiles:


Assessment Task:

Due Date:

Grade Awarded:

  1. Swatch book

May 24


  1. Technical File 2

May 24



Detailed Assessment requirements will be provided in class with each assessment task.

Submission items and tasks for this course will be assessed as:

CA  - Competency Achieved
NYC -  Not yet Competent

Assessment Matrix

Assessment matrix is available on request from your program manager

Other Information

This unit is studio based, incorporating some theory and many practical exercises. The exercises will enable participants to gain a sound understanding of basic processes and techniques associated with preparing and testing stencils and screens.



You are required to wear flat fully covered shoes, and a lab coat when working in the print workshop. You will also be required to use ear protection when undertaking certain tasks.


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