Course Title: Develop textile designs and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: VART6458C

Course Title: Develop textile designs and specifications

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6165 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Betty Kanzurovski

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259232

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Daisy Watt

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:

5.1Produce 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

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

The learning mode for this course will be a blended delivery, of online and face to face.
In this course you will be involved in the following teaching and learning activities:

class exercises
review discussions/lectures
practical demonstrations in studio
design activities or projects peer teaching 
class presentations
group discussion in dependent project based work industry project

Teaching Schedule


Class Activities



  • Class Introduction
  • OH&S induction
  • Introduction to projects and assessment criteria


  • Introduction to Assessment 1: Textile trend Collection


  • PP presentation – Moodboards and considerations for designing a cohesive textile collection.
  • Examples of past student work
  • Revision: WGSN login and access. SS’22 research

Bring to next class:

  • A hand rendered texture
  • A line-work hand drawn motif


Cleaning up a scan in Photoshop:

  • Scan/clean up a hand rendered texture
  • Scan/cleanup a hand drawn line motif
  • Creating seamless repeats with a texture


PP presentation on textures in contemporary print design – begin building own texture library








Repeat revision:

  • How to repeat in Photoshop & Illustrator – basic drop, half drop, brick repeat, swiss repeat

Bring to next class:

  • Your own weaves/knit sample to scan for textures


Textured background effects:

  • Create using filters in Photoshop
  • Create using your own samples/ pre made designs


Create realistic mock ups of your croquis on actual items:

  • Displacement maps in Photoshop
  • Graphic silhouettes in Illustrator
  • WGSN original CAD flats








Powerpoint presentation: Contemporary product board designs and layouts

Feedback session, finalizing portfolio




  • Introduction to Assessment2: Lookbook


  • Powerpoint presentation – contemporary lookbooks and layouts


DUE:  Assessment 1: Textile Trend Collection (end of class)




  • Introduction to Adobe InDesign to create your lookbook layout
  • Introduction to ISSUU

Begin research for visual diary




Easter Break 01-07 April




Guest speaker: Eugenia Tsimiklis (freelance textile designer)


Continue creating lookbook layout in InDesgin



Product specifications in class activity

  • Product specification template creation

Bring to next class:

  • An inspiration image/photograph for colour sampling




Colour sampling from an inspiration image

Colour play in WGSN

Finalise lookbook design




Introduction to Assessment 3: Industry Project

Guest speaker: Industry partner

  • Begin research for visual diary

DUE: Assessment 2: Lookbook (end of class)


Design day – croqui development


 Bring to next class:

Swatches for testing


Testing specifications and templates

  • Dimensional stability
  • Colour change

Storyboard development





Guest speaker: Industry partner – feedback on designs




Finalise and submit work


  DUE: Assessment 3: Industry partner (end of class)



Assessment Feedback





















































































Note - While all course content in this schedule will be covered, the weekly order may change depending on the class needs and availability of resources


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

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-Textile Trend Collection Due Date: Week 6

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 2- Look Book Due Date: Week 10

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.

Assessment 3- Industry Brief Due Date: Week 15

You will be developing a collection of textile design concepts for the client. Your research should be grounded in contemporary design, with the aim of bringing your own individual handwriting to the range of textile designs you produce. Remembering a range should have a considered weighting of colour palette applications, as well as a variety of ‘hero’ and ‘co-ordinating’ to create a cohesive and contemporary design range.

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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