Course Title: Assist in the development of textile designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6453C

Course Title: Assist in the development of textile designs

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

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Nominal Hours: 50

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Course Description

n this course you will explore the different processes available to assist you in the development of your design ideas to create textile designs and appropriate methods for presenting your designs. You will develop design concepts for textile products according to a specified brief, by undertaking research and creating or adapting designs.

This course consists of 3 Units of Competency that are clustered together for delivery and assessment. The other two units of Competency in this clustered course are:

  • CUVDRA201A Develop drawing skills

CUVACD301A Produce drawings to communicate ideas

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTD4009 Assist in the development of textile designs


2 Prepare to develop textile designs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Interpret design brief and clarify purpose of textile product

2.2 Determine design requirements from brief

2.3 Identify design constraints

2.4 Analyse examples of textile products that meet aspects of the design brief to clarify design objectives

2.5 Discuss brief with team members and establish design priorities


3 Analyse technical requirements of design brief

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Research trends in yarns and raw materials used in similar textile products and compare against design requirements

3.2 Assess technical requirements associated with textile production processes, within specified guidelines and according to workplace procedures

3.3 Identify any additional expertise required for project

3.4 Identify impacts of materials and processes on design


4 Contribute to design concepts

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Develop preliminary concepts with others to explore possibilities

4.2 Use storyboards, sketches or other tools used for textile designs to develop designs

4.3 Apply principles of design and elements of design to development of design ideas

4.4 Contribute ideas and discuss with team members to enhance success of project

4.5 Examine design ideas against design brief and select design for further development

4.6 Develop sample textile product to test design concept


5 Assist in the preparation of presentation materials

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Select techniques for presenting textile product design

5.2 Develop support materials with team members to demonstrate features and benefits of textile design

5.3 Document design details


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

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 and performance Criteria. You will be able to interpret a textile brief, undertake appropriate research, including trend data and the technical requirements, to sketch/ draw and develop a range of preliminary design concepts using different mediums. You will refine these design concepts and create and present a range of textile design products to meet the brief.

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities that will be undertaken in this course include:

  • Research
  • Exploration of different drawing techniques and mediums
  • Pinterest, Instagram or other online exploration of current textile trends
  • Creation of Digital Trend Boards and Colour Palettes
  • Class exercises
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Design activities or projects
  • Peer teaching and class presentations
  • Independent project based work
  • Peer/ Lecturer feedback
  • Final Presentation of 30 Finished Prints in A3 Folio

Teaching Schedule


Week 1

8 Feb 2017



1.Overview of Design Brief for Project 1

2. Discuss OHS

3. Begin research for a mood board for a collection of botanical prints using different mediums

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Week 2           1. Bring Flowers and or examples of Floral Prints 1.4,2.1,2.2,2.3

                       2.Presentation of the Design Principles

                       3.Begin Drawing/ Painting using visual references

1.Completed Trend and Colour Palette for Assessment 1

2.Presentation in class how to create Pattern repeats in Illustrator and Photoshop

3.Begin Drawing/ Painting Croquis for Assessment 1


Week 3


1.Studio Practice

2.Use a range of different mark making/ techniques/ medium



Week 4


1.Start to build a collection of croqui to put into repeat

2. Work on a collection of 6 Prints using different repeat systems

3.1, 3.3, 3.4,


Week 5


1.Finalise croquis using at least 2 different mediums

2. Finalise 6 Prints with different repeat systems



Week 6


1.Present 6 Piece Botanical Repeat Print Collection in class

2.Verbal Feedback



Week 7


1Written Feedback,

2 Briefed for Project 2: 20 Piece Botanical Print Portfolio collection

3. Begin evaluating croquis and success from Assessment 1 with feedback

3.Teacher presentation of different traditional cultures and botanicals

4.Begin Research for Assessment 2

3.1, 3.3, 3.4,


Week 8


1. Start to collate research for Mood Board and palette and present to class

2. Experiment with different mark making and techniques

3.1, 3.3, 3.4,


Week 9

Week 10

Week 11



9. Studio Practice, Experimentation,Feedback

10.Studio Practice, Experimentation,Feedback

11.Studio practice, Experimentation,Feedback

Week 9: 4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5, 4.6 Week 10: 4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5, 4.6 Week 11: 4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5, 4.6


Week 12

Week 13


1. Studio practice, Experimentation,Feedback

1. Studio practice, 2.Finalise Assessment

Week12:4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5, 4.6 Week 13:4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5,



Week 14


1.Studio practice, 2.Finalise Assessment



Week 15


1.Presentation of Assessment 2: 20 Piece Botanical Print Portfolio collection in class with Visual Diary

2.Verbal Feedback



Week 16


3. Written Feedback





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Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include two projects and presentation of Assessment 1 Portfolio of 6 Botanic prints and Assessment 2 Portfolio of 20 Botanic Prints plus a Visual Diary.

Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on My RMIT.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

  1. Assessment 1 : Portfolio of 6 Finished Prints 40%
  2. Assessment 2: Portfolio of 20 Finished Prints 60%

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on MyRMIT for full assessment criteria

Once you have demonstrated competency, you will also receive a grade for Assessment Task(s) 1 and 2 and for the course. (Refer to MyRMIT for grading rubric).

Assessment 1: Portfolio of 6 Botanical Repeat Prints

You will develop a range of 6 Botanical Repeat prints for a fashion range in a category of your choosing.

These 6 Piece Repeat Print Collection will be presented in an A3 Portfolio

You must use at least 3 different media such as gouache, ink, pen, watercolour, craypas, pencil, collage

Must include Visual Diary containing Research, Experimentation with drawing technique and medium, croqui development.  

Due: Week 6

Graded assessment: 40%


Assessment 2: Portfolio of 20 Botanical Traditional Repeat Prints

You will develop a range of 20 Botanical Repeat prints for a fashion range in a category of your choosing.

Using Botanical Croquis you have developed in Assessment 1 (or entirely new ones):

Research a Traditional Print or style of your choice such as 1. Indian Paisley 2. Moroccan Tiles 3.Indonesian Batik 4. African wax resist 5. William Morris 6. Russian folk 7. Scandinavian folk 8. Japanese kimono florals 9. Chinese traditional florals 10. Hawaiian Florals

20 Piece Print Collection will be created using different repeat systems created by hand in a range of at least 3 different media such as gouache, ink, pen, watercolour, craypas, pencil, collage

Portfolio Collection should include: 1 hero, complementary, border, and placement print and presented in an A3 Portfolio.

Must include:

  1. Mood Board
  2. Colour Palette of 8 colours
  3. Portfolio of 20 Botanical Prints with different Repeat Systems
  4. Visual Diary containing Research, Experimentation with drawing technique and medium, croqui development.  

Due: Week 15

Graded assessment: 60%

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades: CHD      Competent with High Distinction CDI        Competent with Distinction CC         Competent with Credit CAG      Competency Achieved - Graded NYC      Not Yet Competent DNS      Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

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Cover Sheet for Submissions:

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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:

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Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

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