Course Title: Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: MANU7392C

Course Title: Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4404 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Betty Kanzurovski

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9232

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam

Nominal Hours: 60

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 required to prepare stencils and screens for textile printing.

This course consists of 2 Units of Competency that are clustered for delivery but assessed separately. The other Unit of Competency in this clustered course is:

  • MSTTD4005 – Produce screen printed textiles

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTD4002 Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing


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 prepare stencils and screens

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Analyse design specifications and confirm stencil requirements with appropriate personnel 2.2 Set up workstation, tools and equipment according to specifications and workplace procedures 2.3 Identify desired effects of screen printing and select appropriate conversion technique to achieve required design outcome 2.4 Prepare and label layouts and select media to prepare stencils 2.5 Complete stencils and check against design


3. Prepare screens

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select screen types and mesh for appropriate substrates 3.2 Prepare screens for stencil process and check against quality standards 3.3 Expose stencil masters according to industry specifications 3.4 Develop screen images, dry and finish 3.5 Apply screen preparation according to workplace procedures


4. Test screens and stencil quality

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Print strike off and check against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met 4.2 Identify screen and stencil faults and determine causes 4.3 Apply modifications to screens, as required, using appropriate techniques, processes or materials 4.4 Complete screens and prepare for production processes 4.5 Examine outcomes and check against specifications with appropriate personnel

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.

Students to demonstrate skills and knowledge to:
• analyse design specifications and interpret production requirements
• identify and address faults
• determine requirements of design and conversion to print
• make minor adjustments to equipment
• use printing techniques to achieve design effects
• recognise and apply stencil application for image use, design and printing techniques
• evaluate own work and conduct quality checks
• use tools and equipment associated with printing fabrics
• read, interpret and follow information on work specifications, standard operating procedures and work instructions, and other reference material
• maintain accurate records
• communicate within the workplace • sequence operations • meet specifications
• clarify and check task-related information
• carry out work according to OHS practices

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

Teaching Schedule:



Learning activities:


Assessment Due:

Materials for students to bring to class:


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


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


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


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

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



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


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

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


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




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 print induction quiz - DUE

  • Brushes
  • Mark making media(black)
  • USB for digital files

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.)


Prepare stencils and screens quiz revision.

Completion of all practical exercises to date.




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


Project briefing for swatch book project

Screen Print Workbook – DUE



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.


  • Design work
  • Mood board
  •  colour palette
  •  Containers for ink storage (plastic)

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)

Inductions to digital print technologies – sublimation and placement printer




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. 




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.




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




Record keeping, final printing and housekeeping completed.

Screen printed swatches – DUE






*Please note this schedule is subject to change.




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Tool kit needed in class:

 Many materials used in this course will be covered by a materials fee and will be provided in studio sessions for example-fabric, paper, pigment, binder, photographic emulsion, film etc.

You are required to provide the following tools and equipment.

30 cm steel ruler
Sharp scissors
Cutting knife with replaceable blades
Pacer/grey lead pencil
Fine liners
A3 size visual diary
Brushes – a variety
Black permanent marker

1 pair of household rubber gloves (from supermarket) and an old towel for drying screens and equipment



Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the assessment to a satisfactory standard.

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments.

Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:
CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

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 Equitable Learning Services 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

There are 3 assessment tasks in this cluster:

1. Observational checklist and print induction quiz - due in week 5 

2. Screen Print Workbook - due in week 8

3. Screen printed swatches   - due in week 15


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the Program Administration

Other Information

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


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 requires 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.

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