Course Title: Develop textile designs and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: VART6458C

Course Title: Develop textile designs and specifications

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

John Brooks

9925 9250

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

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to develop textile designs. You will also test the fibres, yarns, and/or finished product to determine suitability for end use of the product and create design specifications to support the production process.  

This course consists of 2 Units of Competency that are clustered together for delivery and assessment. The other Unit of Competency in this clustered course is:

* MSTTD5007 Develop textile designs using computer-based programs



National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTD5008 Develop textile designs and specifications


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 develop textile designs and specifications

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Interpret requirements of design brief and identify purposes and end user of textile product 2.2 Consider additional factors and determine materials for use in design 2.3 Confirm design specifications and propose initial design concept from brief


3 Develop textile design

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use design processes to evaluate options and further develop initial design concept 3.2 Test design concept with client to refine options 3.3 Use appropriate communication tools to present selected design for approval 3.4 Respond to feedback and modify design concept to make improvements, as required 3.5 Confirm and document approved design


4 Calculate production requirements

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Determine appropriate formulas for calculating yarn requirements 4.2 Undertake calculations using computer software or manual processes 4.3 Analyse data, and determine and document yarn requirements


5 Produce and test sample

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Produce textile sample according to design specifications and workplace procedures 5.2 Examine sample and determine accuracy of calculations 5.3 Analyse production process to determine improvements 5.4 Undertake routine testing to assess sample meets quality requirements and industry standards 5.5 Analyse results of sample testing to determine performance and acceptability for production 5.6 Document outcomes, consult client and appropriate personnel and record feedback


6 Prepare product specifications

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Analyse sample to develop pattern specifications for finished textile design product 6.2 Determine production processes including technical aspects and prepare production plans 6.3 Confirm final product specifications with appropriate personnel and complete all documentation, programs and equipment according to workplace procedures

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in developing a textile design, and testing the design specifications for production.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will be involved in the following teaching and learning activities:


  • Research
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • design activities or projects
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • independent project based work
  • industry project

Teaching Schedule


Teaching focus & student learning activity


Week 1

Feb 5th

Course overview

OH&S introduction

Brief: Great Dane Furniture

Mood Board

Design idea generation

Week 2

Feb 12th

Development of design ideas on the computer

One on one discussion


Week 3

Feb 19th

 Finalising designs on computer

One on one feedback discussion


Feb 26th

Gread Dane Furniture Due

Introduction to Textile Design Collection

WGSN research

Mood Board

Generate design ideas

Week 5

March 5th

Developing design ideas on computer

One on one discussion

Week 6

March 12th

Discussion on repeats

Repeat development


Week 7

March 19th

Introduction to toiles

Development of toile design


Week 8

March 26th

Simulating textile texture demonstration

Development of designs on textile textures

Storyboard demonstration – advanced digital draping

Storyboard development


Mid-semester break

Week 9

April 9th

Further development of storyboards

One on one feedback session

Week 10

April 16th

Textile Design Collection due

Introduction to Testing Your Designs

Mood board

Design idea generation

Week 11

April 23rd

Developing designs on computer

One on one feedback sessions

Week 12

April 30th

Textile testing

Recording results

Creating and adjusting specifications

Week 13

May 7th

Further design development and creation of storyboards

Week 14

May 14th

Finalising storyboards and compiling portfolio

Week 15

May 21st

Testing Your Designs due

Week 16

May 28th


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

Meller, S 1991, Textile Designs: 200 Years of Patterns, Thames & Hudson, London.

Online: Print studios such as Patternbank, Longina Phillips

Search for inspirational textile designers in the library, online and in galleries and stores

Trend Forecasting agencies such as WGSN

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include 3 projects; all of  which are based around the Un-Wearables project and presentation. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on My RMIT.

Assessment Tasks

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


Assessment 1-Great Dane Furniture Due Date: Week 4

You will develop a range of cushion designs with your client in mind and select one design to submit digitally for feedback from the industry partner. Three finalists will be chosen to have their design commercially woven and constructed for exposure through Great Dane Furniture.


 Assessment 2-Textile Design Collection Due Date: Week 10

Based on a WGSN megatrend, you will develop a mood board and design an extended range. Your designs must encompass weave, knit and print, and show a variety of design elements and principals while remaining cohesive. You will need to show the intended end use of each of your designs.


 Assessment 3-Testing your designs Due Date: Week 15

Based on a WGSN megatrend, you will develop a mini collection of printed textiles. You will need to consider the base cloth of your intended designs and conduct textile testing in order to determine the suitability of your design. Each final design should include an indication of its end use alongside production specifications.


Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration (or 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, including online submissions.


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 require 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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