Course Title: Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: MANU5921C

Course Title: Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4218 - Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam

Nominal Hours: 80

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 course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to  apply screen printing techniques used to produce screen print designs on textiles.

This course is delivered concurrently with LMTTD4013A Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4013A Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing


2/ Interpret stencil requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Screen types and mesh are selected for appropriate substrates
2.2 Screens are prepared for stencil process and checked against quality standards
2.3  Stencil masters are exposed according to industry specifications
2.4  Screen images are developed, dried and finished


3/ Test screens and stencil quality

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Strike off is printed and checked against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met
3.2 Screen and stencil faults are identified and causes determined 
3.3  Modifications to screens are applied using appropriate techniques, processes and materials
3.4  Screens are completed and prepared for production process
3.5  Outcomes are examined and checked against specifications with
       appropriate personnel


1/ Prepare Screens

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Design specifications are analysed and discussed with appropriate personnel to confirm stencil requirements.
1.2 Desired effects of screen printing are identified and appropriate conversion technique selected to achieve required design outcome 
1.3 Workstations, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work and OH&S practices
1.4 Layouts are accurately prepared and labeled
1.5 Media is selected to prepare stencils
1.6 Stencils are completed and checked against design

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This course is delivered in a studio / workshop environment. A range of learning activities and tasks have been designed to allow students to demonstrate competency.
Please note - not all learning activities are assessment tasks, participants will be advised well in advance if an assessment is taking place.

Teaching Schedule




Session 1

Screen selection and reclaiming, labelling, storage, studio practice.                                                                                               

Session 2 Design work bought to class. Screen printing effects are identified.Design conversion options discussed  
Session 3 Opaque media selected. Prepare stencils and screens for photographic exposure. Colour mixing and testing  on appropriate substrates.  
Session 4 Developing,mixing and testing colour palette. Recording recipes, specification sheets Analysing swatch books and swatch book construction, professional presentation, examples, how to make.  
Session 5 Testing samples, workstation set up – preparing tables and stapling fabric, stops and registration rail use, squeegee selection.   
Session 6 Produce screen printed textiles. Substrate preparation – laundering, pre shrinking.
Strike off, printing techniques including flood coat and dry pull.
Session 7  Continue tests, colourways. Swatch book construction. Prints checked and quality examined. Screens reclaimed and checked.
Session 8 Required documentation and final housekeeping is completed  
Session 9               

 Length Repeats, technical notes, demonstration, stop setting, brackets, workstation set up, screen and preparation Substrate preparation – laundering, pre shrinking. Strike off, printing techniques including flood coat and dry pull. Printing using stops and rail, wash and dry between prints

Session 10

 Analyse design specifications and interpret production requirements. Create stencils

Session 11

 Stencil masters, meshes and screens are prepared for printing according to requirements for selected printing technique

Session 12

 Strike off is checked against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met  Documentation completed in technical file. 
Prints checked and quality examined.

 Session 13                               
Testing length repeat, workstation set up – preparing tables and stapling fabric, stops and registration rail use, squeegee selection. Printing process, technique and medium used are analysed to determine necessary modifications to printing techniques, processes or materials  
 Session 14  Finalise tests – length repeat, colourways. Swatch book construction. Documentation completed in technical file.  
 Session 15

 Screen prints are finished and outcomes are examined with appropriate personnel

Final Assessment submitted


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

McNamara,Andrea and Snelling,Patrick (1995)
Design and Practice for Printed Textiles
Oxford University Press Melbourne, Australia

Joyce,Carol (1993)
Textile Design
Watson Guptill Publications
New York, USA

Phillips,Peter and Bruce,Gillian (1993)
Repeat Patterns
Thames and Hudson Ltd

Fisher,Richard and Wolfthal,Dorothy (1987)
Textile Print Design
Fairchild Publications

Adam, Robert and Robertson, Carol (2003)
Screen Printing the complete water based system
Thames and Hudson Inc., 500Fifth Avenue,
New York, New York 10110


Other Resources

Many materials used in this course will be covered by a materials fee and will be provided in class for example- fabric, paper, pigment, binder, photographic emulsion and film. It is essential that you have a personal kit as well. This class requires a basic set of equipment that must be bought to and used in class. Please make sure you are equipped with these materials at the beginning of the program.

• 30 cm steel ruler
• Set square
• Sharp scissors
• Glue stick
• Cutting knife with replaceable blades
• Pacer
• Fine liners
• A3 size visual diary
• Brushes – round 00, 1, 3, 6, 10

• Black permanent marker
• 1 pair of household rubber gloves ( from supermarket)

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including a range of tasks designed to develop techincal expertise and ability to produce screen printed textiles.

Observational checklists, practical tasks, technical file containing printed samples and documentation.
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 submission will not be graded higher than a PASS.

Assessment Tasks

You will undertake 2 Assessment Tasks.

  1. Experimental Swatch book 
  2. Length Repeat - 1 colour Swiss repeat

Detailed Project briefs, submission items and Assessment criteria provided in class sessions and are available on Blackboard.

*Please note that this course will be graded CHD, CDI, CC, CAG or NYC

Assessment Matrix

  Swatch book Length Repeat Technical File
Interpret production requirements X X X
Apply screen printing procedure
Produce Textile printed sample
X X  

Other Information

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 lodgment 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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