Course Title: Assist in the development of textile designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART5905C

Course Title: Assist in the development of textile designs

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

 Julia Raath  99259201

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:

LMTTD4009A Assist in the development of textile designs


1Interpret design brief for textile product

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Purpose of textile product is clarified and impact on design requirements analysed
1.2 Design requirements are determined from brief
1.3 Design constraints are identified
1.4 Examples of textile products that meet aspects of the design brief are analysed to clarify design objectives
1.5 Brief is discussed with team members and design priorities established


2Analyse technical requirements of design brief

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Trends in yarns and raw materials used in similar textile products are researched and performance, colour, availability, care and maintenance requirements compared against design requirements
2.2 Technical requirements associated with textile production processes are assessed, within specified guidelines and according to OHS practices.
2.3 Any additional expertise required for project is identified.
2.4 Impacts of materials and processes on design are identified.


3Contribute to design concepts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Preliminary concepts are developed with others to explore possibilities.
3.2 Storyboards, sketches or other tools used for textile designs are used to develop designs.
3.3 Principles of design and elements of design are applied to development of design ideas.
3.4 Ideas are contributed and discussed with team members to enhance success of project.
3.5 Design ideas are examined against design brief and design selected for further development.
3.6 Sample textile product is developed to test design concept.


4Assist in the preparation of presentation materials

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Techniques for presenting textile product design are selected
4.2 Support materials are developed with team members to demonstrate features and benefits of textile design.
4.3 Design details are documented

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 you 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
  • on-line research
  • independent project based work
  • Visits to galleries and events

Teaching Schedule

Date Week starting


  Class  Activities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 Feb 9week1         

Introduction to projects and assessment criteria. OH&S induction
Significant historical and cultural influences on textiles:
Social, cultural, geographic, environmental, historical, technological.
Library tour
Research skills
Contemporary Textile Designer Research exercise.

  Independent study 

 Workbook Task  OHS


 16week 2

Good working practice:

  • The design process,
  • Analyse the design process activity,
  • Analysing  the brief determining the questions.
  • Technical design specifications
Discussion and class exercise on the design process
Research presentations
Discussion on research topics and project planning techniques, library research

Independent study


Contemporary Designer

 23week 3

 Video-Colour theory: colour wheels, tints, tones, shades, primary, secondary, tertiary, CMYK, RGB. Grey Scale


 March 2week 4How colour is used in TD: colour schemes, purpose/function, visual mixing, simultaneous contrast. How do designers use colour?
Create colour wheels and colour charts
 9week 5 Colour matching activity
Colour wheels and charts continued
Independent study  Major Research project
 16week 6
  • Sourcing information on Textiles
  • Trend  and colour Forecasting, market research, social media.
  • Textile products  
 Workbook Task
 23 week 7Putting together a design collection:
  • Main design or “Hero”
  • Colourways and coordinates
  • Presentation styles, tips and tricks
 30week 8

 Contemporary Textile Designer  Assignment                                             Class discussion

 Contemporary designer Research due.

Colour studies review

 April 6 Mid Semester Break 
 13week 9Industry visit / Guest speaker  


 20week 10

Analyse textile construction techniques

  • Purpose and key features of textile product are identified
  • Desired effects of design features are described.
  • Production techniques and use in contemporary design
  • Identify application and uses of colour  
 27week 11

Research presentations

Research submissions due
 May 4week 12Research presentations 
 11week 13

Research presentations

 18week 14

The future of textiles:
Innovative materials and techniques.
The influence of science and technology

 25week 15Complete and Submit  Work book 

 Workbook due

 June 1week 16Feedback 

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


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

Set of gouache paints and paint brushes - Details will be provided in class session

A camera is often useful but not essential.
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

To be assessed as competent in this unit you must successfully complete the following 3 tasks which you fill find in your  Analyse Design and Colour Workbook.

Colour Studies                                                  Reviewed in Week 7

  • Tonal values
  • Warm Cool colour wheels
  • 16 Part colour wheel

Colourways                                                        Due Week 15

  • Analysis of use of colour in textiles

Trend and Colour Forecasting                       Due Week 15

  •  Colour palettes/colour research and samples of textile products/colour matching   

Assessment Matrix

 Elements Colour Studies   Colourways              Trend and colour forecasting/ colour matching  
Analyse the effects of colour used in Textile design
x x 
 Analyse suitable colour combinations for use in textile design
 Consider use of colour in textile designx x 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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