Course Title: Analyse use of colour in textiles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART5905C

Course Title: Analyse use of colour in textiles

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

Rachel Halton (03) 9925 9158

Nominal Hours: 30

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 understand and use colour theory principles and elements and experimentation to analyse colour to inform textile design process and produce new colour schemes.

This course is delivered concurrently with Analyse Textile Design Influences (VART 5903C).

Please ensure you are enrolled in both courses.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4012A Analyse use of colour in textiles

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 that simulates industry working environment

Please note - not all learning activities are assessment tasks, participants will be advised well in advance if an assessment is taking place.

A range of learning activities, projects and tasks have been designed to allow students to demonstrate competency.

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations
  • analysis/critique of own work and others
  • colour and design activities or projects
  • group projects and activities
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • independent project based work

Teaching Schedule


 Class  Activities                 DRAFT                                                                                                                                                       Independent Study  Assessment Task Due
week1         Project 1: Journal
Library tour
Research skills
Introduction to projects and assessment criteria. OH&S induction
Significant historical and cultural influences on textiles:
Social, cultural, geographic, environmental, historical, technological
Research a range of topics for your presentation                         
week 2Project 1: Journal
Discussion and class exercise on the design process
Project 2: Research presentations Discussion on research topics and project planning techniques, library research
Good working practice:
The design process,
Answering the brief,
Technical design specifications

 Choose a research topic and plan your presentation 
week 3Project 1: Journal
3. OH&S activity
4. Analyse the design process activity
Project 2: research presentations Discussion on research topics and project planning techniques, library research
Colour theory: colour wheels, tints, tones, shades, primary, secondary, tertiary, CMYK, RGB. Research your presentation
2. Research Contemporary influences and their cultural significance


week 4Project 1: Journal
5. Create colour wheels and colour charts
Project 2: research presentations Discussion on research topics and project planning techniques, library research

How colour is used in TD: colour schemes, purpose/function, visual mixing, simultaneous contrast. How do designers use colour?
 Colour matching research 
week 5 Project 1: Journal
6. Colour matching activity
colour wheels and charts continued
Project 2: research presentations
Compile handouts and finalise presentations
Introduction to project 2

Examine the design categories of: stripes, checks and geometrics introduction to trend forecasting


 Research inspiration and trends.
week 6 Project 1: Journal
7. Research and concept development


Essential design terms:
Principles and elements of design


 Find examples of textile designs to analyse the elements and principles 
 week 7Project 2: research presentations
Student presentations scheduled

 Project 2: research presentations
Student presentations scheduled

 Find examples of inspiring textile design collections for your journal 
week 8Project 2: research presentations
Student presentations scheduled

Project 2: research presentations
Student presentations scheduled

week 9Project 2: research presentations
Student presentations scheduled

 Project 2: research presentations
Student presentations scheduled


week 10Project 1: Journal
8. Principles and elements of design activity
Submit Project 2: Research presentations handout and references

Putting together a design collection:
Main design or “Hero”
Colourways and coordinates
Presentation styles, tips and tricks
week 11Project 1: Journal
Design collection analysis activity
Introduction to project 3

Guest speaker to discuss their influences and their design process Project 3: Research your topic
week 12Project 3: Profile a contemporary textile designer
Class research activity, Research your topic
Geographic styles and Expressions of identity: how fashion and textiles have been used to express the visual identity of Tribes and subcultures

 Research tribes /subcultures: identify significant cultural influences in textile designs 
week 13Project 1: Journal
Analyse Tribes and subcultures activity
and concept board
Project 3: profile of a contemporary textile designer Write up your project

Forecasted trends and market research
Textile products
 Research textile products 
week 14Project 1: Journal
Textile product analysis
Trend analysis
Project 3: profile of a contemporary textile designer
upload your project to the class blog
The future of textiles:
Innovative materials and techniques. The role of the designer. The influence of science and technology.

week 15Project 3: profile of a contemporary textile designer read and comment on the class blog
compile findings of Contemporary Designer Wiki

Submit Project 3

Profile Contemporary Textile Designer

week 16
Class presentation and discussion of Project 3.
Completion and submission of Project 1


  Submit Project 1
Project 1: Journal
Week 17 Submit final Assessment  

*This weekly schedule may be subject to change, please check your RMIT student email regularly for updates


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


* Texts listed are an overview only. Additional Texts will also be suggested according to individual research topics and industry excusions.

5000 years of textiles Jennifer Harris, British Museum Press in association with the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: 2004
World Textiles: a concise history Mary Schoeser, Thames and Hudson, London: 2003
World Textiles: a visual guide John Gillow and Brian Sentence, Little, Brown and Company, Boston 1999
The Cambridge History of Western Textiles D Jenkins, Cambridge University Press, New York: 2002
A History of Costume in the West Francois Boucher, Thames and Hudson, London, 1987
The Melbourne Design Guide. Ed. Viviane Stappmanns and Ewan McEoin. Pub Lab.3000 2006
Handmade in Melbourne. Jan Phyland and Janet De Silva. Pud GSP Books. 2006
Designation. Pub. Ripe off the Press 2006
Ways of Seeing John Berger, Penguin, London
Spirit Country Jennifer Isaacs, Hardie Grant, Sth Yarra
Art Almanac – this is an excellent monthly guide to exhibitions in Melbourne and Victoria. Available at art supply shops and newsagents
Craft Almanac – online bulletin of Craft Victoria

Some examples of Magazines and Journals –
Art Monthly
ART Asia Pacific
Art and Australia
Un magazine
Object Magazine
Surface Design
Textile Fibre Forum
Parkett Magazine
Craft Arts International

Other Resources

Students will require a pencil, pen and notebook / journal in all classes.

 A camera is often useful but not essential.

We will discuss the variety of other resources available to you for your projects in our avenues for research classes.

You will need access to a computer to prepare digital presentations to the group

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including a journal containing planning, organisation and self directed research material, oral presentations, digital presentation files, preparation of a handout containing images, written synopsis and bibliography, written quiz, practical problem solving exercise, interview of a contemporary designer, concept and story boards.

Please note that some of learning  tasks and activities will be undertaken in the linked course  VART 5903CAnalyse Textile Design Influences  ( LMTTD4007)
mentioned above and assessed in collaboration with staff delivering these courses.

Students are advised that they may to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

You will undertake  ?   assessment tasks                                   DRAFT 

This unit is directly linked to Analyse Textile design influences 
Project and details of Assessment  breakdown will be provided in class and on Blackboard

  • Project 1: Journal                                                                 40% 
    •  Colour  wheels 
    • Colour matching exercise  
    • Colour ways 
    • Colour schemes
    • Visual research 
    • Colour forecasting  
    • Analysis of the use of colour                                                                                            


Assessment Matrix

 Elements  Journal 40%                                                                               
Analyse effects of colour used in textiles                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
x x
Analyse suitable colour combinations for use in textile design
 Consider use of colour in textile designx x

Other Information

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher/tutor/lecturer 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 :;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
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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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Penalties for late assessment
Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension will be penalised as follows:
- Complete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark
- Partial or incomplete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark for the entire assessable work
- Work submitted after day 7 will be awarded an NN grade and 0% mark
- Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty
- Where a due date includes a specific time for submission or presentation, submissions after that time on the due date incur a 5% penalty.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic int
The following link provides important information on the following topics that relates to all courses:
• Student Feedback at RMIT
• Student Progress
• Special Consideration, appeals, and discipline
• Academic Integrity
• Student Progress Committee (SPC)
• Assessment Grades
• Classification of award

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