Course Title: Develop textile design and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: VART5912C

Course Title: Develop textile design and specifications

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9171

Course Contact Email:

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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 associated with developing textile designs and specifications for production and the testing and analysis associated with developing design specifications. Textile material and products for which product specifications are developed in the textile sector include fibres, fabrics, yarns and finished products.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5008A Develop textile design and specifications


1 Interpret design brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Requirements of design are interpreted.
1.2 Purposes of textile product and end user are identified.
1.3 Additional Factors are determined and applied
1.4 Materials for use in design are determined
1.5 Design specifications are confirmed
1.6 Initial design concepts are interpreted from brief


2 Develop textile design

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Design processes are used to further develop initial design concept
2.2 Options are evaluated against design brief specifications.
2.3 Design concept is tested with client to refine options.
2.4 Selected design is presented for proposal using a range of communication tools
2.5 Feedback is received and considered in line with design brief.
2.6 Design concept is modified and improved where possible.
2.7 Design confirmed and documented


3 Calculate production requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate formulas for calculating yarn requirements are determined
3.2 Calculations are undertaken using computer software or manual processes
3.3 Data is analysed and yarn requirements are assessed
3.4 Yarn requirements are documented


4 Test sample

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Textile sample is produced according to design specifications and OH&S practices
4.2 Sample is examined and accuracy of calculations determined
4.3 Production process is analysed to determine improvements
4.4 Routine testing of sample is undertaken to assess quality requirements and to ensure industry standards are met
4.5 Results of sample testing are analysed to determine performance and acceptability for production
4.6 Outcomes are documented and discussed with client and appropriate personnel and feedback is recorded


5 Prepare product specifications

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Sample analysis is applied to develop pattern specifications for textile design
5.2 Production processes including technical aspects are determined and production plans prepared
5.3 Final product specifications are confirmed with appropriate personnel and all documentation is completed

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 is a studio based course covering both theory and practical aspects of developing design specifications for textile products.  Learning activities are designed to develop skills to demonstrate ability when interpreting design requirements, conducting calculations and documenting specifications to develop quality outcomes and identify and address problems relating to production or textile design.

This Unit is delivered concurrently with GRAP5232C, PARTICIPATE IN PRODUCTION PLANNING PROCESSES .

Teaching Schedule


1 Introduction to Course Outline. OH&S for Print/Knit/Weave/Digital Labs & studios. PROJECT: PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT_Identify product specifications for samples. Introduction Course Outline_Project Briefs_OH&S Induction_ Participate in Production Planning Session: Production Plan briefing. _Overview of Production: Prepare, Plan and Produce a Product.

^NOTE: students are required to supply and manage own materials for production.
2 PROJECT: PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT_Develop a series of samples, including: Selecting appropriate materials to meet requirements & ensure equipment set up ready for sample development.
3 PROJECT: Develop the samples identifying original design specifications. ASSESSMENT: PREPARE A PRODUCTION PLAN & TIMELINE

4 PROJECT: PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT _Develop the samples, including: Selecting appropriate materials to meet requirements & according to specifications.
5 PROJECT: PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT _Results of the trials are analysed to determine performance and acceptability for production.
6 PROJECT: PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT _ Gather specific production information
7 PROJECT: PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT _Production development & Finishing and Testing
8 PROJECT: PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT_ Analyse and interpret results. Participate in planning meeting. Specific requirements for meetings are confirmed. Planning meetings are held to review and analyse production plan and requirements Assessment Review Meeting and Panel Assessment
9 PROJECT: PROJECT DESIGNER_MANUFACTURE_ Confirm production requirements. Project: PROJECT DESIGNER_MANUFACTURE _Assist in developing or engineering product
10 Project: PROJECT DESIGNER_MANUFACTURE. Continue with Project Addressing Product Specifications, Quantities, Equipment Used. Prepare, Plan and Produce a Product.
11 Project: PROJECT DESIGNER_MANUFACTURE. Interpret provisional specifications.
12 Project: PROJECT DESIGNER_MANUFACTURE. Undertake production. Maintain records
Undertake production for Small Production Run. Report results and maintain records
Follow own production plan to produce samples & Finished Product.
15 ASSESSMENT: PRESENTATION TO INDUSTRY PANEL_ Report results and maintain records

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

This Unit is delivered concurrently with PARTICIPATE IN PRODUCTION PLANNING PROCESSES GRAP5232C and teaching schedule will cover learning activities for both Units.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including:

  • Submission and presentation of Project Briefs and Folios
  • Technical folders and documentation
  • Oral and writtenpresentations

Details of Assessment will be provided with project biref in class sessions

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt.
Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.
All work must be submitted by the due date.
Late submissions will not be graded higher than a PASS.

Assessment Tasks

Design and Develop a Textile Product -  50% - Due Week 15.

Process and Technical file – 50% - Due Week 15.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information


studio practice:

You are reminded you must follow appropriate Studio Practice; observe safe work practices, consider the safety of others and the correct handling of equipment and resources. You will be assessed on your demonstration of responsible workshop practice, correct handling of resources. All work is due at the commencement of class on the Due Date.

illness, absence, inability:

If you are unable to complete class work due to illness please notify your class teacher immediately. If you are absent from class you are asked to follow the correct procedure as stated in the RMIT Induction Booklet and notify your class teacher of any absence before the absence occurs. If, due to an illness you are unable to catch up on work missed during scheduled classes, you are encouraged to meet with the Program Coordinator to complete a personal study plan. If an extended absence is expected you are encouraged to apply for special consideration (see RMIT website) to gain an extension of time to complete project work.

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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