Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jodie Stephens

+61 3 9925 9127

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


1. Analyse key influences on textile designs.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Significant historical events that have influenced textile design are identified and their effects analysed
1.2 Significant cultural influences on the development of textile design are identified and their effects analysed
1.3 Contemporary influences on textile design are analysed
1.4 Characteristics represented in textiles are identified.
1.5 Changes to production processes, including the effects of new and emerging technologies on textile designs are analysed.


2. Identify features of the design process.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Steps in responding to a design brief are identified.
2.2 Commercial considerations in producing a design are identified.
2.3 Elements of design are identified.
2.4 Principles of design are identified.


3. Source information on textile designs and products.

Performance Criteria:

3.1Possible sources of information on textile designs and products are identified and means of accessing information determined
3.2 Information gathering tools are used according to OH&S practices
3.3 Information is assessed for reliability to inform design processes


4. Analyse textile construction techniques.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Purpose and key features of textile product are identified
4.2 Desired effects of design features are described.
4.3 Production techniques applied to create design features are described.
4.4 Use of production techniques in contemporary designs is identified.


5. Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Colour is investigated and dimensions are identified.
5.2 Relationship between value and intensity is identified and a colour chart is painted.
5.3 Colour wheel is prepared according to colour mixing principles.
5.4 Shade scale is prepared according to colour mixing principles.
5.5 Colour matching for production is implemented.
5.6 Colour charts are inspected or checked against quality standards.
5.7 Any changes or adjustments are carried out as required.
5.8 Documentation relating to colour charts is completed.


6. Analyse influences on future directions in textiles.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 New or emerging textiles are identified and features, benefits and likely uses examined
6.2 Trends and influences are analysed to identify possible changes in textile production and demand
6.3 Sources of information relating to future directions and innovations in textile design are identified and accessed to maintain currency of industry knowledge

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

Introduction to the design process.

Discuss and define "analysis".

Textile Observation exercises.

Textile Design Principals and Elements, group exercises.

Source references for major projects; online and Library shelves.

Analyse the use of colour in Textile design.

Relevant excursions to Art, Design and Textile Industry events.

Identifying Tribes and Sub-cultures.

Research and present project on your own topic (guided).

Class discussion on Approaches to Contemporary Textile and Design Practice.

Identifying Contemporary trends in Textile Design.

Create and share Wiki on a Contemporary Textile Designer.

Teaching Schedule





Introduction to Design Influences.Geometrics                    

Geometric Textile Design: Historical and Cultural context        Introduction to the course and i’ts place in the design process. Explanation of the assessment requirements. Introduction of the research project.Discuss and define ’analysis’. Textile observation exercises. Brainstorm Design Influences                            
week 2Design Principles and Elements. discussion on research project.
Design Principles and Elements. Application of Textiles.
Library tours including; advanced research session with a campus Librarian, covering research sources and methods, tips and requirements.

online research exercises and searching the shelves.
week 3Florals, and Avenues of research.Flower Power: Historical and Cultural context for Floral Textile Design
Excursion to city Libraries

Utilising research methods used in previous weeks, source references and visual images for the major research project.                               

week 4Colour in Textile Design

colour in Textile Design: colours significance as a signifier.
research major project
Individual research project assessment Consultations with your Teacher.
week 5 Textile Collections, and avenues of research
Textile Collections
Excursion to the Costume collection
Observe and record Post Industrial Fashion and Textile Design.
week 6  Tribes and sub-cultures
Tribes: Material Identity

Continue with research project 

Monday Public Holiday  Labour Day

Identify your tribe/s.
 week 7New directions in the field of textilesSensorial Loop - 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial Artist floor talk


Both Groups A &B Thursdaypresent RMIT Gallery

Design guest


Continue with Identify your tribe/s
week 8present research project

present research project
present research project
research project  Submission
week 9present research project

present research project
present research project

research project


week 10Contemporary Textile Designguest speaker; the role of a Textile Designer as part of a team working for a big company
Approaches to contemporary practice
introduction to contemporary designer interview project
week 11contemporary textile practice and product
guest speaker Ilka White on contemporary practice.
excursion to retail outlets and design studios
Analysis of Contemporary Textile products
week 12 Contemporary trendsGuest speaker Julia Raath  trend forecasting, a career path in Textile Design
research contemporary sources of information (online and for real)

forecasting exercises. identifying and analysing trends. workshop on using Wikis.
week 13Graphics and Illustration

Guest speaker Douglas McManus (TBC) Hairfurkunst and Contemporary Illustration Styles, Street art and the prevalence of Graphics
excursion to Until Never Gallery, City
in your Journal, identify Design Influences and production Techniques
week 14Techno Textiles

Techno Textiles: the weird and the wonderful
how to create a Techno Textiles Wiki
create and share Techno Textiles Wiki
week 15Contemporary Practice
Multi Disciplinary Practice / studio practice (Guest Speaker TBC)
compile findings of Contemporary Designer Wiki
share and peer assess Contemporary Designer Wikis
week 16
Compile Journals and projectsIndividual tutorials by appointment only

compile Journals and projects for submission
Prepare to submit assessment task
Week 17Marking week  Submit final Assessment  

This schedule may be subject to change

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 notebook / 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

All assessment tasks must be completed to achieve competency. Selected assessment tasks will be graded only once competency has been achieved.

1. class exercises and checklists (Competent / NYC)

Textile design elements and principles

Identifying and analysing design trends

Identifying characteristics of good design

Techno textiles

OH&S compliance

colour wheels

2. Research project on Textile Design history and Culture; (Competent / NYC) (Graded 50 %)

Planning and organisation

research methods (use a range of reliable sources)

handout designed for class

Power Point or Keynote Presentation file

Oral presentation

3. Wiki Project;  (Competent / NYC) (Graded 50%)



Load as Wiki

Peer assessment

Assessment Matrix

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