Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART6339C

Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

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 99259171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kirsty Gorter

Nominal Hours: 50

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 produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas. It does not relate to drawing as an art form.

This course is delivered concurrently with Develop Drawing Skills (VART6340C) and Development of Textile Designs (VART 5904C).

Please ensure you are enrolled in all courses.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD301A Produce drawings to communicate ideas


1. Plan drawing work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore drawing requirements with reference to relevant reference material and appropriate people when required
1.2 Identify factors that may impact on how drawing work is undertaken
1.3 Gather information about drawing techniques, materials and equipment from a range of sources and determine how they may be used to communicate ideas
1.4 Evaluate information for its application to specific drawing briefs


2. Experiment to represent ideas


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the capabilities of techniques, materials and equipment through exploration
2.2 Select approaches that best suit the purpose of drawings and their presentation context
2.3 Follow safety procedures for particular techniques, materials and equipment


3. Create drawings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise materials, tools and equipment for selected techniques
3.2 Produce preliminary drawings and discuss their effectiveness with relevant people
3.3 Finalise drawings, incorporating feedback on work in progress as required
3.4 Prepare drawings for the presentation context

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
• design activities or projects
• group projects
• class presentations
• group discussion
• on-line research
• independent project based work
• group activities/projects
• Visits to galleries and events

Teaching Schedule

Week Starting  Learning activity    Assessment Submission                                                               

Introduction to courses and assessment,

Set up Workspace
Line and Texture - Stripes, Checks and texture - The relationship to Textile design
Exploring mark making to communicate concepts

 Select drawings for  folio submission

Design Brief 1 Botanica
Group  Work - Using resources to create mood board – What is a mood board why and how do we use them ?OH&S practices including hazard identification and control measures
• quality practices
• workplace practices
• recording and reporting practices
Drawing  -  Flowers introduction                                                                                                          

Bring flowers and images of flowers to class
Review of stripes and textures 


Development work in visual diary


Drawing flowers using black on white and colour,
Elements scale, size, shape. 
In this session you will draw a range of flowers exploring positive negative space, continuous line, detailed sketching, understanding shape drawing with different tools. We will also review how these drawings can be applied into a design context.

Drawings selected  for submission to drawing folios

Creating patterns and developing croquis.
Florals, stylization drawing flowers, Introducing colour - ink washes, wax resist, Illustration techniques
Gouache, Tonal rendering, Wax scratch back,
Intro to simulated repeat structures Review design layouts- what is a layout ? 
 Analyse technical requirements of design brief  associated with textile production .
 Impacts of materials and processes on design are identified.

Review OHS



Repeats systems and design layouts - using grids, graph and tracing paper and accurate drawing techniques.


Observational Checklist Drawing
• OH&S practices including hazard identification and control measures
• quality practices
• workplace practices
• recording and reporting practices
• determine layout issues
• calculate measurements
• cleaning and maintenance techniques for tools used in drawing
• elements and principles of design and their specific application to drawing
• organise resources
• prepare drawings for presentation


Repeats Continued.
Selection of appropriate design for product outcome
Tracing and paint up
Intro to professional presentation techniques and story boards.
techniques for presenting textile product design are selected

 • determine layout issues
• calculate measurements
• planning and organising skills to:
• organise resources
• prepare drawings for presentation


7 Presentation of final Design  Concepts to group
  • Botanica Project Presentation of final Concepts to group 
  • Drawing folio  
  • Reflective Writing Due
  • Self Assessment

Project Briefing  Traditional Modern  -  based on research project undertaken in Analyse Textile Design Influences. Research current Trends look at  Cultural textile Traditions , 

Consider Design Application. How will the designs be applied to textiles. Samples
Design constraints are identified


Drawing and rendering techniques to simulate dyed and woven textiles, Storyboards, sketches or other tools used for textile designs are used to develop designs.

Organise materials, tools and equipment for selected techniques
Produce preliminary drawings

Problem-solving skills to select drawing techniques that best meet project needs.
Technical skills to use a range of drawing techniques.


Repeat systems  - Half drop and Brick repeat Designing coordinates-  Intro to Colour ways  Design ideas are examined
Reviewing current commercial examples

 Observational Checklist 2 for

VART6339C Develop drawing skills

11  Mark making motif development.  Concept exploration  

Paint up and rendering artwork  

 Presenting design options. Colour ways, Colour balance, digital translations for colour.


Paint up and rendering Quality - integrating embellishment  - Drawing for  embroidery

14 Techniques for presenting textile product design are selected.  
15  Presentation to Panel  and Peers  Design Folio / Drawing folio/ Visual Diary
16  Individual Feedback Sessions by appointment  

This schedule may be subject to change you will be advised in advance.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

  • Set of lead pencils; H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B
  • Black fine liner pens; 0.2 mm and 0.5 mm
  • Black permanent marker
  • Eraser
  • Glue stick
  • 30 cm steel ruler and plastic set square
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Cutting knife with replaceable blades
  •  Variety of paint brushes, round size; 00, 1, 3, 6, 10. You will also find chisel brushes useful. Acrylic brushes available in local $2 shops are quite satisfactory. Pure Sable brushes are expensive, but one or two can be a good investment. 
  • Set of gouache paints* (14 to 22 ml) in; warm yellow, cool yellow, warm red, cool red (magenta), cool blue (cyan or cerulean), warm blue (ultramarine), black and a large tube of white (37 ml). Sets of gouache may be purchased at art supply stores- there are a wide variety available and the quality also varies. Getting the right gouache colours is important, so you may want to wait until the colours are discussed in the first class before purchasing.Small water-tight plastic containers with lids – for example pill containers or take away sauce containers, for holding mixed colours of paint.
  • Paint palette – white ice block trays are very good and very inexpensive a set of 3 can be easily purchased locally.
  • Visual Diary (A4 or A3 is recommended)
  • Technical notebooks / folders – teachers will advise you will need one for each practical class.
  • Pen and paper/notebook/digital alternative, for writing notes

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course you must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each element in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.A range of assessment methods will be used to assess practical skills and knowledge including:
• direct observation of the development of drawings
• evaluation of drawings in terms of their effectiveness in communicating ideas
• questioning and discussion about your  intentions and the work outcome
• review of portfolios of evidence.

Assessment methods reflect workplace practice.

Holistic assessment with  LMTTD4009A Assist in the development of textile designs VART 5904C 
                                                CUVDRA201A Develop Drawing Skills VART 6340C  will occur during the semester.

Assessment Tasks

You  will undertake 3 assessment tasks 
Presentation of an A3 Drawing Folio containing selected drawings from
Project 1 Botanica 40%
Project 2 Traditional Modern 50%
Reflective Writing 10%
(Due week 7 - This is also Part of the Botanica Project undertaken in LMTTD4009A Assist in the development of textile designs VART 5904C)  

Assessment Matrix

Element Project 1 Botanica

Drawing folio

Project 2 Traditional Modern

Drawing folio

Reflective Writing Self Assessment
1. Plan drawing work X X X
2. Experiment to represent ideas X X X
3. Create Drawings X 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
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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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