Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: VART5903C

Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259201

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Nominal Hours: 100

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

Part time students should seek academic advice prior to enrolling in this course

 You are strongly advised to be  concurrently enrolled in  the following courses;

Analyse use of Colour in Textiles (VART 5905C), 

Assist in the the development of Textile Designs (VART 5904C) and Operate computing technology (6060C).

Course Description

Covers the skills and knowledge required to research and analyse various influences on textile design and production.
We will be looking at what influences textile design, from historical textiles and cultural influences to contemporary social trends, art, fashion, technology, and environmental change. The unit includes applied research and analysis of the design process, construction techniques, colour, textile products and future directions in textiles as well as the principles and elements of design.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4007A Analyse textile design influences

Learning Outcomes

This course gives students the opportunity to undertake practical, oral and written assessment tasks to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to:

  • analyse key influences in textile design
  • identify the principles and elements of design
  • gather information using a range of sources, tools and technology
  • analyse and evaluate information
  • analyse influences on textile production techniques
  • relate findings to future directions in textile design

Details of Learning Activities

This course is comprised of information sessions on design influences followed by workshop activities, industry related excursions and visits from relevant guest speakers. Students will keep a reference journal, participate in group discussions, undertake their own research into textile design influences and give an oral presentation of their findings to the group. Students will interview a contemporary designer of their choice, participate in detailed textile observation and analysis and reflective writing, explore future directions and complete a quiz and demonstrate their understanding of underpinning principals and elements of design through a matching exercise.

In linked courses, colour wheel paint ups, practical problem solving and the creation of story and concept boards is also undertaken.

Teaching Schedule

  Analyse textile design influences SEMESTER ONE. * This is a year long subject. Semester Two will be uploaded in June.
SessionSEMESTER ONE Learning Activities SEMESTER ONE Assessment Tasks
Session 1Introduction of course and its place in the design process. Explanation of assessment requirements.

Brainstorm Design influences. Discuss and define ‘Analysis’.

Presentation: Historical and Cultural context for Geometric Textile Design: (stripes checks etc.) Early constructed textile Technology.
Characteristics represented by geometrics, eg. Flags, heraldry, Circus, devil’s cloth, prisons, trades, teams.

Introduction of  Research project and overview of past approaches.

Task – Choose a historical, traditional, or cultural Design a research topic.


Session 2 Avenues for Research:

Expand on research project. Research sources and methods - tips and requirements.
View examples of past student presentations and handouts.
Brainstorm. Discussion of advanced research methods.
Show and Tell (encouraged!)

Advanced Research Session with campus librarian.

Task - Begin sourcing visual images and references relevant to your chosen topic for the research project.
Use skills from this week’s CAD session on search engines to aid this research.
* Individual Consultations regarding research project topics.

 Research Project Consult:

Students to have chosen topic today.

Session 3 Research Week
(self directed)

Task– Utilising the sources and approaches we have discussed in our last two weeks, continue sourcing visual images and references for the major research project.
Session 4

 Flower Power:

Presentation: Historical and Cultural context for Floral Textile Design.
Identifying characteristics (nationality, lineage, status, religion, etc.) represented by Symbology of flowers.

Analysis of floral design styles – historical – small/large scale, stylised, graphic, techno.

Industry visit/excursion.

* Individual Consultations regarding progress with research project.

 Research Project Consult:

Students must confirm topic

and discuss progress.

Session 5

 Avenues for Research:

Collections: Presentation of available collections, and examples of historical textiles as a design source for contemporary projects.

Excursion: Embroiderers Guild of Victoria 170 Wattletree Rd. Malvern.
Textile analysis, access to library and collection.

Session 6 Material Identity:

Presentation: Textiles as signifiers of Cultural Identity.

Textile Observation Exercise: ‘What can we learn by analysing Historical or Traditional Textiles?’ Mind Map: Themes.
Session 7 Material Identity:

Presentation: Social and sub-cultural influences on textile design.

Exercise: Brainstorm Tribes and Sub-Cultures:
Identify social and sub-cultural influences on textile design development and analyse their effects.

Task – Tribes research for Textile Design Concept Board
Session 8

 Australian Textile Origins: Indigenous Textiles, ancient and current.
Discussion of cultural protocol and copyright.
Excursion: Melbourne Museum – View Indigenous textiles at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Session 9History 101:

Textiles of the ancient world.
Slide Viewing.

Research events and innovations that shaped the world of textiles – to be added to our timeline and shared in class next week.
Session 10Textile History 2:

Students share Timeline Research with the group. Identify follow-up information required.
Session 11

Textile History 3: Post Industrial Influences.

View Slides.
Task: Share follow-up info. re. Timeline.
* Individual Consultations regarding progress with research project.

Individual Research Project and Journal Consultations. Show Evidence in Journal of:

Planning and Organisation, collection of Resources and Research undertaken.

Session 12 World Textiles overview 1:

Africa and the Middle East.
Including design, textile techniques and processes, trade and exchange, products, purposes, uses and significance.
Show and Tell.

Industry visit/excursion.
Session 13 World Textiles overview 2:

Japan, Korea and Central to South East Asia .
Including design, textile techniques and processes, trade and exchange, products, purposes, uses and significance.
Show and Tell.

Industry visit/excursion.
Session 14 World Textiles overview 3:

Europe and The Americas.
Including design, textile techniques and processes, trade and exchange, products, purposes, uses and significance.
Show and Tell.

Industry visit/excursion.
Session 15 Student Presentations20 minute Oral Presentation with Powerpoint or Keynote, examples and class handout.
Session 16 Student Presentations20 minute Oral Presentation with Powerpoint or Keynote, examples and class handout.
Session 17 Student Presentations20 minute Oral Presentation with PowerpointJournals Journal or Keynote, examples and class handout.
Session 18 SEMESTER ONE Assessment of Journals

Journal: Research undertaken, Evidence of Planning and Organisation, Self Reflective Writing
Class Handout: including sourced images, Written Synopsis and Bibliography

Digital Presentation on disk.

* Notes

* This is a year long subject. The Session Guide for Semester Two will be uploaded in June.

* Regarding Industry visits/excursions:
In order to reflect current practice, these learning activities will change from year to year. This allows us to make best use of changing exhibitions and visiting practitioners or specialists.

* Along with the Journal, The Design Influences Research Project is the major assessment task in Semester one. The remaining assessment tasks fall in Semester two.

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 their 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.

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 these tasks and activities will be undertaken in the linked courses mentioned under co-requisites 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

  • Major Research Project: (Into Historical, Traditional or Cultural Design Influence) Consisting of:
    Research undertaken in Journal
    Evidence of Planning and Organisation
    Handout produced for Class
    Written Synopsis, Bibliography and Self Reflective Writing
    Powerpoint or Keynote Presentation file
    Oral Presentation
  •  Design Elements and Principals Matching Exercise
  • Colour Wheel -(Assessed in Colour Semester 1 )
  • Design Analysis and Identification -(Assessed in Design Semester 1 )
  • Contemporary Designer Interview Project
  • Future Directions Quiz
  • Concept and Story Boards - (Assessed in Present and Promote Textile Design Concepts Semester 2 )
  • Reference Journal

*  Note that this is a full year course and the assessment tasks listed are spread over the two semesters.

Assessment Matrix


Major Research Project:

Design Elements and Principals Matching Exercise Colour Wheel Design Analysis and Identification Contemporary Designer Interview Project Future Directions QuizzConcept and Story BoardsReference Journal
1 Analyse key influences on textile designs  x    x x x x
2 Identify feature of the design process  x  x x  x 
3 Source information on textile designs and products x       x
4 Analyse textile construction techniques     x  x x
5 Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart   x   x x 
6 Analyse influences on future directions in textiles x       x

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