Course Title: Assist in the development of textile designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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


Sandy Darrington, email; phone; 9925 9127

Libby Noblet, email;  phone; 9925 9421 

Jodie Stephens, email;  phone; 9925 9127

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

OH & S studio orientation

group task to analyse and discuss trend concept board

drawing lines, stripes and check designs

discussion of examples of visual diaries

research lines, stripes, checks and geometrics in your visual diary

create geometric designs using collage techniques

explore design principles and elements in your designs

research and select relevant visual information for concept development

develop concept boards to a theme

collect inspiration for floral project

explore and develop hand rendering techniques

create a "swiss" repeat layout and design

develop original drawings and motifs for design projects

apply presentation techniques to design outcomes

Teaching Schedule

topic-studiotopic studio

week / lecture topicstudio tasks
1. Contemporary textiles in the global market place.
What is a textile designer?
A look at some current examples of the Textile Design Industry
project 1“Geometrica”

Introduction and OH&S
Concept board – what is it?
Group concept board analysis

Task 1 lines stripes and checks
Drawing and designing lines, stripes, and checks for Men’s shirts.

Task 2 visual diaries
Homework task; collect examples of line and stripe used in Textile Design.
Homework task; Research geometric shapes and patterns in textiles and other areas of design.
2. Colour schemes terms; value, shade, tint, tone, saturation. Simulating depth
Achromatic, monochromatic and polychromatic.
Major and minor keys.
project 1“Geometrica”
Task 1 lines stripes and checks
Continue working on stripes and checks designs in black, white and grey colour palette before translating into concept board colours.
Present designs mounted on A4 paper.
Visual Diary homework task;
Collect examples of lines, stripes and check designs.
Collect examples of geometric patterns
3.Colour theories and effects. How do we perceive colour?project 1“Geometrica”

Draw a range of geometric shapes.
Design three different geometric designs, exploring design principles and elements.
4.colour systems;
Colour wheels, pantone colour reference, textile colouration, and digital colour systems (CMYK, RGB).
project 1“Geometrica”
Draw a range of geometric shapes.
Design three different geometric designs, exploring design principles and elements
5.Colour schemes
How are they used in Textile design?
Colour contrasts
Simultaneous contrasts
Contrast of saturation contrast of proportion
Project 2 “Floral”
Introduction to the project
Floral concept board development
Homework task; Collect inspiration and references for floral
6.Monday Labour day holiday. No lectureProject 2 “Floral”
Bring in floral inspiration to draw from.
Introduction to rendering techniques.
Submit project 1 Geometrica for assessment
7.Students presentation of geometrics project to classProject 2 “Floral”
Class discussion on concept boards, design mood. Developing your thematic direction.
Develop drawings and rendering techniques
8.What is a concept board? How is it used in fashion and Textile Design?
The importance of colour palettes in the design process.
Project 2 “Floral”
Exploring variation in rendering techniques and styles. Develop a collection of 8 x A4 designs
9.Repeat systems
Basic repeat structures as the building blocks of textile design.

Project 2 “Floral”
Choose your final motifs. Rework if needed; develop techniques further through exploring size/scale.
10.Textile designs, croquis, swatches, samples. Coordinates and colourways; what is a design range?Project 2 “Floral”
Swiss repeat colour selection and paint up
11.Presentation styles and techniques; Technical specifications, Storyboards, and brochures.Project 2 “Floral”
Swiss repeat colour selection and paint up and presentation
12.Students presentation of floral project to class
Submit project 2 “florals”
Project 3 “tribes”
Introduction to the project
Research themes and develop a concept board
13.Excursion to Bendigo regional gallery; Grace Kelly, style Icon (TBC).
Project 3 “tribes”
Develop motifs for your tribe
14.The design process
Examples of different practices and approaches to designing textiles
Project 3 “tribes”
Develop motifs for your tribe
15. Colour proportionsProject 3 “tribes”
Tribes full repeat paint up
16.Demonstration and examples of presentation techniques Project 3 “tribes”
Tribes full repeat paint up and presentation
17.Marking week Submit project 3 “tribes”

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will also need to supply your own general Design kit;

 Set of lead pencils; H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B
 Black fine liner pens; 0.2 mm and 0.5 mm
 Black permanent marker
 Eraser
 Glue stick
 30 cm steel ruler and plastic set square
 Sharp Scissors
 Cutting knife with replaceable blades
 Tape measure

 Variety of paint brushes, round size; 00, 1, 3, 6, 10. You will also find chisel brushes useful. Acrylic brushes available in local $2 shops are quite satisfactory. Pure Sable brushes are expensive, but one or two can be a good investment.

 Set of gouache paints* (14 to 22 ml) in; warm yellow, cool yellow, warm red, cool red (magenta), cool blue (cyan or cerulean), warm blue (ultramarine), black and a large tube of white (37 ml). Sets of gouache may be purchased at art supply stores- there are a wide variety available and the quality also varies.
*Getting the right gouache colours is important, so you may want to wait until the colours are discussed in the first class before purchasing.

 Small water-tight plastic containers with lids – for example pill containers or take away sauce containers, for holding mixed colours of paint.

 Paint palette – white ice block trays are very good and very inexpensive a set of 3 can be easily purchased locally.

 Visual Diary (A4 or A3 is recommended)

 Technical notebooks / folders – teachers will advise you will need one for each practical class.

 Pen and paper/notebook/digital alternative, for writing notes

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

project 1; "geometrica"

assessed as competent / not yet competent only

Stripes and checks
 Warm up exercise; minimum of one page of drawings of lines and stripes exploring; media, mark making, textural line and tonal value.
 4 stripe designs 16 x 16 cm suitable for Men’s shirts 2013, in black, white, and greys.
 4 check designs 16 x 16 cm suitable for Men’s shirts 2013, in black, white, and greys.
 One of your stripe designs and one of your check designs converted into concept board colour palette.
 Exploration of variation in direction by using horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines.
 A black, white and grey colour palette only.
 Clean and neat work, with consideration for the overall unity of the presentation.
 Present your work mounted on suitable paper or board.
Homework task - Research in your Visual Diary
 Minimum of 10 examples of line, stripe and check designs with brief comments next to your samples that note; the designer, season, and if they are printed, knitted or woven.
 Minimum of 10 examples of geometric patterns found in Textiles, architecture, industrial, graphics, nature etc. make brief notes on the shapes used, and analyse the design principles and elements used.
 Warm-up exercises; minimum of one page of drawings of a range of geometric shapes, exploring ways they can interlock, and repeat, in your visual diary, or fill a page, or use graph paper.
 3 different geometric designs in the collage technique, size A4, exploring;
□ Vary your use of design elements; tonal value, size, shape
□ the design principles of ; balance, rhythm, dominance, contrast, harmony and repetition
□ major and minor tonal keys (try to make each of the three designs a different tonal key)
□ Variety in the type, size & scale of shapes to create both harmony and contrast.
□ Some shapes which are cut out many times to help create repetition, rhythm and dominance.
 Choose your best geometric design to convert to colour, and reproduce in gouache paints.
 Keep work clean and neat, and consider the overall unity of the presentation.
 Present your work mounted on suitable paper or board.

project 2 "Floral"

assessed as competent / not yet competent and graded 50%

  • visual diary references
  • concept board
  • development drawings
  • exploration of rendering techniques
  • exploration of the design principles and elements
  • cohesive design range including motifs and coordinate designs as part of collection
  • "swiss’ repeat design and presentation

project 3 "Tribes"

assessed as competent / not yet competent and graded 50% 

  •  theme development and research
  • design development
  • motif development
  • exploration of design options
  • full repeat design paint up
  • design range presentation

Assessment Matrix

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