Course Title: Apply electronic systems to textile design and production

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: ISYS7575C

Course Title: Apply electronic systems to textile design and production

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6158 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Rachelle Holowko

Daisy Watt

Please contact us via email.

Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

ISYS7574C Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs

Course Description

In this course you will explore the diverse application of computer-based design programs that enable technical and accurate reproduction of your design ideas. You will use the software to assist you in the development of design specifications, patterns and apply checking and calculation tools embedded in the software to assist you in the efficient and accurate development of textile designs.

Using a full range of the tools available in the software packages will allow you to develop intricate textile designs with multiple features.

The learning for this unit is contextualised for electronic systems that are used when creating, either, printed, knitted or woven textiles.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTD6002 Apply electronic systems to textile design and production


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 apply electronic systems to design and production

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Interpret design brief to determine design criteria 2.2 Research trends, themes and influences in textile design and evaluate in line with brief 2.3 Evaluate complexity of design in terms of intricacy and range of features 2.4 Set up workstation according to workplace procedures, and create preliminary design concept images using relevant electronic system 2.5 Develop design concept using computer-aided design (CAD) system


3 Present and confirm design

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Produce design image output that accurately documents intricate design features, scale and dimension and incorporates design elements 3.2 Produce storyboards and present using CAD processes 3.3 Present design to client or appropriate personnel for review and make modifications


4 Determine design specifications and machine settings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Calculate yarn and material requirements for design draft using CAD system 4.2 Confirm specifications in line with textile design requirements and save 4.3 Produce patterns 4.4 Calculate machine settings and calibrate with direct interface to textile production machinery, where appropriate


5 Finalise design

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Confirm design and specifications with client or production personnel and save modifications, where necessary 5.2 Finalise and save production plans and specifications 5.3 Save final design and specifications as hard copy and incorporate into digital folio

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.

You will be able to demonstrate you are competent when using electronic systems and computer-aided design (CAD) processes to produce a range of textile designs. The designs will consist of a combination of intricate design features, scale and dimension. You will use the Electronic systems and CAD from the initial design development stage through to the presentation of finished storyboards and technical information as stated in your work brief. The CAD development process will include determining design specifications, repeat pattern design, machine settings; calculation of raw materials requirements, through to the accurate checking and saving of all information and files, following prescribed workplace practices. You will also be able to format and present information for external or internal customers for review, make modifications as required and confirm final designs for both design and production requirements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities in the course include:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • design activities or projects
  • research & independent project based work

Teaching Schedule




  Weekly Schedules   
Week 1   Introduction to Design Brief – 3 colour print separation for Photoshop / Illustrator. OHS for design studio.  
 Week 2 Preparing Artwork for interpretation into Repeats  
 Week 3  CAD Techniques for artwork development.  Assessment Due:  OHS for Design Studio 
 Week 4  CAD techniques for screen separation  
 Week 5 Artwork development - cut through line.  
 Week 6  Design interpretation and development.  Refining Storyboard elements.  
 Week 7  Refining storyboard images  
 Week 8  Finalising designs  Assessment Due:  Print Design Folio
 Week 9  Introduction to Jacquard Design Software (Scotweave)  &  Jacquard Loom types  
 Week 10  Archiving and saving files.  Artwork Designer.  Import Files,  Reduce Artwork Colours  
Week 11 Base Weaves (single cloth) colours,  Jacquard Designer.  Main concepts, base weaves, float break, redefining artwork  
Week 12 Design for Jacquard – explore three different outcomes for main design.   Design development.   Creating jacquard loom cards (creating disk ready for output)  
Week 13 Modify & Edit designs to suit loom specifications. Technical File & Specification Sheets.   Print Specification Sheets/archiving files.  
Week 14 Design modifications and sampling.   Yarn selection and preparation for weave  
Week 15 Assessment Due:  Scotweave Design Folio Assessment Due:  Scotweave Design Folio

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students are required to bring to classes:

  • USB memory stick
  • Notepad
  • Calculator
  • Visual Diary

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include two projects and presentation of a folio to your class teachers for feedback. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on My RMIT.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1:   Due Week 3:    OHS for Design Studio
Students will assess the OHS considerations of a design studio and make recommendations for all workplace and ergonomic considerations.  The OHS document will be submitted as softcopy.

Assessment 2:   Due Week 8:    Print Design Folio
Design and Develop a Textile Design to be interpreted into a three colour print.  The design will be colour separated using textile design software in readiness for screenprinting.  Storyboard will be developed to demonstrate end product outcomes.   The Print Design Folio will be submitted as a professional presentation with final specifications, colour chips and storyboard outcomes.  The folio will be submitted as softcopy.

Assessment 3:   Due Week 15:          Weave Design Folio
Design and Develop a range of Textile Designs to be interpreted into jacquard designs using the Scotweave Design Software.  A technical file will be compiled that contains specification sheets for each design indicating accurate conversion to a jacquard loom.  The Weave Design Folio will be submitted as a professional presentation with all technical specifications, base weaves, design and repeat sizes, yarn colour chips.  The folio will be submitted as softcopy.

Assessment Matrix

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

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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