Course Title: Assist in the development of textile designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

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

This course is clustered with LMTTD4012A Analyse colour VART 5909. Please refer to Analyse colour teaching schedule which displays both Assist in the Development of Textile Designs and Analyse Colour courses.

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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