Course Title: Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2008

Course Code: GRAP5188C

Course Title: Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5202 - Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course Contact : Mandy Penton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259202

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Margaret Parker
Sylvia Walsh
Kirsty Gorter

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

LMTCL2003A Identify fibres and fabrics
LMTFD2005A Identify design process for fashion designs

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to identify the elements and principles of colour theory and apply it in the design process for fashion products

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD4002A Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development


1. Identify colour as an element of design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Dimensions of colour are identified.
1.2 Relationship of colour theory to design process is identified.


2. Identify visual effects of colour 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Visual or optical effects of colour are investigated and identified.
2.2 Fashion pictures that reflect different visual effects are collected and presented in a portfolio.


3. Investigate colour combinations for use in design

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Workbench and seating are set up according to OH&S practices.
3.2 Colours are mixed to create new combinations or schemes.
3.3 Templates are painted which reflect colour schemes.
3.4 Illustrations are collected which reflect different colour schemes.
3.4 Colour wheel and colour charts are used to assist colour investigations.


4. Consider use of colour in fashion design

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Different colour uses are identified and compared for impact.
4.2 Use of colour in development of fashion stories is considered.
4.3 Colour forecasting options are investigated.
4.3 Colour investigations are documented for future reference.

Learning Outcomes

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to identify the elements and principles of colour theory and apply it in the design process for fashion products.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will be involved in theoretical and practical tasks.
• You will develop garment variations from a source garment design.
• You will make trade sketches of various garment types.
• You will colour-up trade sketches as examples of colour palettes exploring their visual effect.
• You will be instructed and you will research colour and design elements and principles.
• You will be expected to attend, participate and complete each progressive task to the required standard, to be eligible to be assessed and to continue with the next task.
• As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practise outside of regular class times.
• You are reminded of the learning expectation that you will complete an equal amount of research time outside of class as you do in class to demonstrate your understanding and to be deemed competent in this course.

Teaching Schedule

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances this schedule is subject to change. Weekly outlines of topics to be covered and activities completed will be made available at scheduled classes.

Weeks 1-4:

Topic - Holistic Project - Jackets workplace simulation task. Denim Jacket sample designing from development of Denim Jacket range. Product and design development features exploration of trims and embellishments. Selected sample jacket to be followed through in the Production and Patternmaking courses.

Weeks 5-8:

Topic - Dresses - workplace simulation task. Simple and complex dress styles developed considering all aspects of fitting, drape and fastenings.

Weeks 9-12:

 Topic - Co-ordinates - workplace simulation task. Multiple garment categories designed in combination and range developed. Product and design development features exploration of tonal values, textures and colour harmonies.

NOTE: Each topic will feature aspects of the structure and function of Colour e.g. visual effects of colour, organisation of colour related to practical fashion applications; uses of colour in Fashion design and development contexts and fashion drawing applications; identification of resources used to assist colour organisation in practical fashion applications including sources and uses of colour trends information.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Stecker, Pamela, 1996, Fashion Design Manual, Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, South Melbourne


McKelvey, Kathryn, Fashion Source Book

McKelvey, Kathryn & Janine Munslow, Fashion Design: Process, Innovation & Practice, Blackewell.

Other Resources

Essential Learning Resources students need to bring for all design subjects:

• A3 folio for handing in your work for assessment
• A3 plastic sleeves
• Selection of pencils: H, HB and 2B
• A3 cartridge paper or pad
• Blank layout pad for rough ideas

Overview of Assessment

You are expected to competently complete all practical class work in order for final tasks to be assessable. Information about the specific details of each task will be supplied to you at scheduled classes.

Assessment Tasks

Progressive feedback will be given on each of the 3 topic clusters.
Jackets = 30%
Dresses = 35%
Co-ordinates = 35%
TOTAL ---------------------------------------------- 100%

Assessment Matrix

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