Course Title: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: ARCH5214C

Course Title: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Accelerated Co-ordinator : Michele Meister - 

Full-time Co-ordinator : Lindsey Glover  -

Teaching :

Lindsey Glover -

Danielle Tregenza -






Nominal Hours: 50

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 specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend soft furnishings for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4005 Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors


Assess soft furnishing requirements for the project

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative organisational requirements relevant to researching and  recommending soft furnishings are verified and complied with


1.2      Project brief is reviewed to determine desired effects for interior space


1.3      Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed


1.4      Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness

1.5      Communication with others is established and maintained



Document and present decorative recommendations

Performance Criteria:


Soft furnishings are selected to achieve parameters of design brief


Specifications are documented for all soft furnishing



Schedule is presented to support decorative solution


Sample board is created to enhance and support the decorative intention


Feedback and follow up is instigated and maintained with the client


Research and recommend decorative treatments for windows and openings

Performance Criteria:


Range of window treatments, their application and fixing technologies are researched

       3.2 New technologies in window treatments are researched and relevance for decorative project identified

The features, limitations and environmental impact of window treatments are identified


The types of openings and their requirements are identified and a range of possible creative solutions determined


Window or opening is measured and details recorded accurately for a range of window treatments

       3.6  Fabric requirements are calculated and manufacturing requirements determined for a range of window treatments taking into consideration pattern repeats

Window treatment is selected and specified to meet client requirements and minimise environmental impact




Fixing technology is specified appropriate to selected window treatment




Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget



Research and recommend soft floor coverings

Performance Criteria:


Range of floor coverings, their application and installation requirements are researched


The features, limitations and environmental impact of floor

coverings are identified


Floor area is measured and details recorded accurately for flooring solution


Flooring solution is selected and details specified to meet client requirements


Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget


Research materials for soft furnishings

Performance Criteria:

                   2.1  Aesthetic, visual characteristics and colour requirements of the soft furnishings are assessed

                2.2  Intended applications for the soft furnishings are analysed and reviewed

                2.3  New soft furnishing and material technologies are researched and assessed against the project brief

                2.4  Tactile requirements of the soft furnishings in relation to the design are researched

                2.5  Properties of the materials used in the production of soft furnishings are analysed and evaluated

                2.6  Manufacturing processes and available expertise for the materials are assessed

                2.7  Costs and availability of materials are assessed and compared

                2.8  Environmental impact and benefits of materials are assessed

                2.9  Durability, restorability and maintenance care quality of materials are researched and requirements for residential and industrial applications examined

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In-class activities will include:
• Trade fairs
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed group activities/projects

Out-of-class activities will include:
• Online research
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits
• Industry related excursions

Self-Directed Learning - Some activities will include a self-directed learning approach; self-directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace research & library assignments.

Teaching Schedule


Week              Class content - Full time + Accelerated programs   due date learning Elements

Course overview and expectations

Introduction to Fibres & Weaves

Introduction to Major project - Documentation

Introduction to major Project

Design process for Interior jobs

Start looking for fabrics for your project

Major project due:-
Full time - wk 16
Accel - wk 18

Submit Fabric blogs due:-
All students - wk 4

1.1 - 1.5 
 2 Fibres & Weaves  Fibre & Weaves DVD   1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9

Fibres & Weaves continued

Types of window & treatments, headings
& Curtain Hardware


Intro of BQ Design Catalogue & Fabric price list

  1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9
 4 Fabric blogs hand-in
Curtains & curtain calculation
  Fabric blogs due:-
All students
1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9,
3.1 -3.6

Curtain Calculations with pattern repeat & lining


Work room order forms and final revision

Loose concept  presentation of bedroom proposal to be presented in Decorate Residential Interiors the following week.

BQ Design Product overview   1.1-1.5,2.2-2.9

Blinds & blind calculations
Review of final fabric selection for project

 8 Blind Calculation & work room order forms     1.1-1.5,2.2-2.9

Calculations review for Terrace house bedroom

 10 Studio time floor plans, elevations etc

 Bedheads, pelmets & bed spreads, quilting

 11 Studio time   Passementrie, accessories,    3.1-3.9
 12  Studio time - application of quilting, bedspread & accessories. applicable to project
 13 Calculations review for bedroom

 14 Studio time Documentation for Project
Review curtain & blind calculations for bedroom project

Preparation of final presentation

 Final presentation & hand in of project
   FULL TIME - Terrace house bedroom project due


4.1 - 4.5

 17 Preparation of final presentation    




 Final presentation & hand in of project
   ACCELERATED - Terrace house  bedroom project due   


 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to library resources.

BQ web site -
Please note: Many Fabric Houses will have a web site for you to view their latest fabric ranges.
Ann Justin: 1001 Window Treatments (Amazon)
Magazines: Vogue Living. Instyle, Wallpaper, Belle, Verander USA, Home Decor, Architectural
Review just to name a few......
Soft Furnishing course notes on Blackboard MYRMIT - Please note that you will be required to
print out all notes as required by your teacher.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design students
The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
The Library provides guides on academic referencing
and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is project based.

Assessment Tasks

Feedback & assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both

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

Task 1: Fabric Blogs to share 
We will continue to build on the investigative work you have
commenced in semester 1 in Decorate Residential Interiors.
To explore fibres & weaves in depth and to assist your understanding of fabrics for suitable
application in the decoration Industry.

Task 2: Loose concept presentation
Client, inspiration, design style, fabrics, renderings, furnishings and accessories

Task 3: Terrace house bedroom fit-out documentation
You will be required to link this project to the investigative work you commenced in Decorate
Residential Interiors under different decorating styles.
Further to this you will be required to design, source and document all aspects of this project to allow you to make a proposal to a client.

All tasks must be completed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.
Soft Furnishings for Interiors is a prerequisite for Specify Furnishing Solutions or Industry experience.
You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome. At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment. 

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
Soft Furnishings for Interiors is grouped with Decorate residential Interiors,  Drawing techniques,  and Research and recommendfurnishings
This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT :

Student Progress:
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1; more information on academic progress can be found here:

Special Consideration Policy:  (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
Cover Sheet for Submissions:
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Please refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism. 

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 go to Academic Integrity :


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