Course Title: Produce screen printed textiles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: MANU5921C

Course Title: Produce screen printed textiles

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9201

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

LMTTD4013A Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to apply screen printing techniques used to produce screen print designs on textiles.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4005A Produce screen printed textiles


1. Interpret production requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Design specifications are analysed and discussed with appropriate personnel to confirm production requirements
1.2 Desired effects of screen printing are identified and appropriate printing technique selected to achieve required design outcome
1.3 Textile substrates and quantities are selected according to design requirements
1.4 Stencil techniques, stencil types, masters, screen types, meshes and medium are selected according to requirements of printing technique, substrate and design


2. Apply screen printing procedure

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Workstation, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work.
2.2 Substrates are prepared and checked against quality standards
2.3 Stencil masters, meshes and screens are prepared for printing according to requirements for selected printing technique
2.4 Printing set up is prepared.
2.5 Screen printing techniques are applied to meet design specifications for sample and according to OHS practices


3. Produce Textile printed sample

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Strike off is checked against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met
3.2 Printing faults and production problems are identified and causes determined
3.3 Printing process, technique and medium used are analysed to determine necessary modifications to printing techniques, processes or materials
3.4 Sample is printed
3.5 Screen print is finished and housekeeping completed
3.6 Outcomes are examined with appropriate personnel and possible
3.7 Required documentation is completed

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit sudents will be able to:

• use tools and equipment associated with printing fabrics
• read, interpret and follow information on work specifications, standard operating procedures and work instructions, and other reference material
• maintain accurate records
• communicate within the workplace
• sequence operations
• meet specifications
• clarify and check task-related information
• carry out work according to OHS practices

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


Revision,OH&S quiz, group activity. Screen selection and reclaiming, labelling, storage, studio practice.

Class discussion on substrate selection and sourcing, examples shown. Marvelmotifs/artwork bought to class. Screen printing effects are identified.

Design conversion options discussed                                                                                                        

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

 Finalise tests, colourways. Swatch book construction. Prints checked and quality examined. Screens reclaimed and checked.
Documentation completed in technical file, screens reclaimed, final housekeeping completed

Session 6:

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 7:

 Testing length repeat, workstation set up – preparing tables and stapling fabric, stops and registration rail use, squeegee selection. Produce screen printed textiles.

Session 8:

  Finalise tests – length repeat, colourways. Swatch book construction. Documentation completed in technical file. 
Prints checked and quality examined. Screens reclaimed and checked, final housekeeping completed


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

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.
Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including: Students will undetake a range of tasks designed to develop their 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

Details of Assessment tasks will be provided in class sessions

Swatch book - 60%This project will enable students to develop swatches for printed textiles, use print techniques to achieve design effects, and determine appropriate stencil types and media for desired textile samples. The finished project will be in the form of a professional swatch book and process documentation in a technical file.

Length Repeat - 40%
Design and print a 1 colour length repeat.
The aim of this project is to learn about the technical considerations involved with printing a repeat pattern.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Produce screen printed textiles is the second print unit undertaken in the Diploma of Textile Design and Development. This unit is studio based, incorporating some theory and many practical exercises. The exercises will enable participants to gain a sound understanding of basic processes and techniques associated with producing screen printed textiles

The course is run over an 8 week period.This intensive mode of learning allows for longer periods of studio access. However, this also means that it’s essential that every class is attended.

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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