Course Title: Assist in the development of textile designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: VART5904C

Course Title: Assist in the development of textile designs

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

Julia Raath -                         Jodie Stephens -

Robin Lambert -            Sandy Darrington -

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

This course is delivered concurrently with

  • VART 5905C Use of colour in textiles  and
  • VART 5903CTextile design influences. 
  • ISYS 5657 C Produce Computer Aided Folios

Projects and assessment tasks have been designed to directly link  to each of these competencies.

It is highly  recommended that students ensure that enrollment in each of these courses occurs during the same teaching period.

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to assist with the development of designs for textiles products. The unit applies to assisting others in the development of design concepts for textile products according to a specified brief.

Work includes research, creation or adaptation of designs and preparation of design concepts for presentation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4009A Assist in the development of textile designs


1.Interpret design brief for textile product

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Purpose of textile product is clarified and impact on design requirements analysed
1.2 Design requirements are determined from brief
1.3 Design constraints are identified
1.4 Examples of textile products that meet aspects of the design brief are analysed to clarify design objectives
1.5 Brief is discussed with team members and design priorities established


2.Analyse technical requirements of design brief

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Trends in yarns and raw materials used in similar textile products are researched and performance, colour, availability, care and maintenance requirements compared against design requirements
2.2 Technical requirements associated with textile production processes are assessed, within specified guidelines and according to OH&S practices.
2.3 Any additional expertise required for project is identified.
2.4 Impacts of materials and processes on design are identified.


3 Contribute to design concepts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Preliminary concepts are developed with others to explore possibilities.
3.2 Storyboards, sketches or other tools used for textile designs are used to develop designs.
3.3 Principles of design and elements of design are applied to development of design ideas.
3.4 Ideas are contributed and discussed with team members to enhance success of project.
3.5 Design ideas are examined against design brief and design selected for further development.
3.6 Sample textile product is developed to test design concept.


4 Assist in the preparation of presentation materials

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Techniques for presenting textile product design are selected
4.2 Support materials are developed with team members to demonstrate features and benefits of textile design.
4.3 Design details are documented

Learning Outcomes

This studio based course gives students the opportunity to undertake practical  assessment tasks that enable them to demonstrate  skills and knowledge to:
• research textile material and process trends
• assess technical requirements of textile brief
• contribute to design concepts
• work as a member of a team
• apply OH&S practices and maintain accurate records

Details of Learning Activities

This studio based course will enable students to gain an understanding of textile design through practical tasks, problem solving exercises, and undertaking design briefs. Projects have been linked with all courses in the program to present a simulated industry environment.

Teaching Schedule


Learning Activities                                                                                                                                                                            

Assessment /evidence

1Introduction to Course and Assessment requirements and linked courses

Design Brief – Geometrics
Discussion on elements and principles of design in context to textiles. Stripes, checks geometrics

Task - For next session
Students required to research contemporary samples of geometric textiles and bring samples to following weeks class Photos concept etc - this information will also apply




References in work book


 Design Brief – Geometrics Stripes - Lines and mark making –using dry media explore line
Stripes checks spots, geometrics – one way two way pictorial historical, column, decorated stylized striped
Discussion on how the design may be applied.
Students may have the option of applying this into Weave and Knit

Samples in
Workbook Design work for folio

 3 Task Create 3 Designs referring  to drawing and colour  for design development.
Prepare geometric  design using collage techniques with cut paper
Layering elements size, shape, line , major and minor key.
Design work for folio

 Select one Design - Converting geometric to colour 

Determining the mood though colour

Introduction to Flower Power Design Brief - Research Florals

Design work for folio

Flower Power Design Brief

Developing themes and textile concepts –
Florals –floral styles – historical- small, large scale, stylised, realistic, botanical, abstract, modern.
Understanding use of motifs in textile design – printed jacquard knitted etc

Colours – cool and warm 

What is the Textile Design Process ? 

What, who, why, how do we design ? An understanding of process
Drawing florals - Reworking drawings – creating a variety of motifs

Colour palettes

Motif development in Work books


Flower Power Design Brief

Basic Repeat systems using grid structures and floral motifs scale reflection rotation directional and non directional design.

Block, full drop half drops, brick, spot

 Folio Task

 Flower Power Design Brief

Croquis of design using different media and techniques.
Tracing designs onto paper, using media demonstration of rendering techniques

Paint up croquis/ using media

Presentation techniques

 Folio Task

Students to make 5 minute presentations on Floral project

Design Brief TRIBES -  Introduction
What are you designing for refine the brief - research colour trends
Students to select own colour palette analyse in terms of colour scheme information

Ideas and discussion for textile where and how they used .
Individual research- collect visuals for Concept Board  - to be taken to Operate Computing Technology

Presentation and Submission of Geometrics  and Floral Project
 9 Motif Development related to TRIBES - using a concept board
Colour palette from Colour class
 Folio - Concept Board
 10 TASK Swiss repeat system 
 11TASK Exercise in identifying repeats from existing industry samples.

TASK Paint up section of swiss repeat duplicated and painted up using different techniques and variety of media


 12 TASK- Colourways - Paint up section of repeat duplicated and painted up using different techniques and variety of media  Folio
 13 Story Board and croquis presentation techniques 

 Design  Brief Colour of place -  Designing for creative arts Tapestry
Placement design what are they where and how are they used single imagery design
Using media creating visual colour mixes

15Using media creating visual colour mixes  
16Presentations  Folio

Please note this schedule has not allowed for  Public Holidays which occur on Mondays .

Class sessions will continue the following week in order.

The sessions may also be subject to change however participants will be notified in advance


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Textile View Magazine, Selvedge Magazine, International Textiles - any current journals and magazines.

Bawden, J.(1994) , The Art and Craft of the Fabric Decorator. Great Britain Reed Consumer Books.

Peverill,S.(1988)The Fabric Decorator. London. Macdonald and Co.

Meller,S & Elfers, J. (1991). Textile Designs. 200 Years of Patterns for Printed Fabrics arranged by Motif, Colour, Period and Design. London. Thames and Hudson.

Ginsberg,M (1993) The Illustrated history of Textiles. Studio Editions London.

Harris, Jennifer.ed 500 years of Textiles. London; British Museum Press in Assoc Whitworth Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum 1989.

Other Resources

Students will be required to provide

Visual Diary,  Folder, Coloured pencils (optional) Pencils, Scissors ,Eraser, Sharp stencil cutting knife and spare blades, paint brushes, pencils.

Details will be provided in your first session

A variety of drawing, painting a other design media will be provided in studios sessions, however students are strongly encouraged to research a variety of specialist resources that will  allow them to have a more individual approach to design. 

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.

Assessement tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including:

  • workbook 
  • problem solving exersices and design briefs
  • indvidual and group presentations

The students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.

This unit is concurrently delivered with VART 5905C Use of Colour in Textiles and VART 5903C AnalyseTextile Design Influences.

Several assessement tasks will be assessed across these courses.

Assessment Tasks

 Set tasks, design briefs and exercises  will be presented in the following manner ;

Workbook - Containing a variety of technical colour and design tasks, references, analysis of design briefs, research on textile materials and process trends , record of process
Design Folio - containing design projects that address specific briefs and will contain concept boards, story boards and completed design work samples.
Individual and group presentations  - that demonstrate contribution to process and team work and OH&S

Assessment Matrix

Element Workbook/ Analysis / References Design FolioPresentations OHS  Checklist
1.Interpret design brief for textile product1.1 1.2 1.3  1.4   
2 Analyse technical requirements of design brief 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.22.2
3 Contribute to design concepts3.13.1 3.2 3.3 3.43.6 
4 Assist in the preparation of presentation materials4.2 

Other Information

Design tasks will be set in studio sessions and the details of all submissions will be provided with the project briefs.

This course is delivered in a simulated studio /workshop environment. OHS policies and procedures must be adhered to at all times. Students must wear fully covered shoes at all times.

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