Course Title: Exhibit textile designs or products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: VART5918C

Course Title: Exhibit textile designs or products

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam   Ph 99259421

Julia Raath  Ph 9925 9201

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


Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to plan, prepare and set up exhibits of textile products.

It is recommended that you should have completed ALL mandatory core and elective units in the Diploma of Textile Design and Development to undertake this course.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5006A Exhibit textile designs or products


1 Determine exhibition requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Objectives of exhibition and target audience are identified
1.2 Products to be exhibited and appropriate means of display are identified
1.3 Size or scope of exhibition is determined
1.4 Suitable locations for exhibition are investigated in line with types of displays, size and scope of exhibition and needs of target audience
1.5 Requirements are documented


2 Plan exhibition

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Exhibition and marketing content is planned and products to be exhibited are selected
2.2 Resource requirements are determined and sourced
2.3 Exhibition schedules and timelines are determined
2.4 Venue management is consulted and bookings are secured
2.5 Relevant promotional material is prepared
2.6 Floor plans are designed to maximize visual display and appearance.
2.7 Appropriate people are consulted to ensure plans are viable and that requirements can be met, and any planning issues are discussed and resolved
2.8 Plans are finalised ensuring that all obligations and considerations are addressed


3 Prepare works for exhibition

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Textile products are selected and prepared for exhibition
3.2 Suitable method of cataloguing and labeling products for display are identified, undertaken and documented accurately
3.3 Transfer, installation, hanging and arranging of works is overseen to ensure presentation and aesthetic requirements are achieved, and according to OH&S practices.
3.4 Problems arising during set up are resolved and documented for future reference


4 Exhibit products

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Exhibition is introduced and explained to the audience using appropriate communication tools and techniques
4.2 Audience response to exhibition is monitored and feedback received and responded to
4.3 Exhibition is closed and dismantling and transfer of displays and equipment is coordinated
4.4 Event is finalised with venue management, including payment arrangements


5 Evaluate and analyse event.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Audience response to presentation is used to evaluate overall effectiveness of exhibition
5.2 Selected products, display methods and choice of location are analysed and strengths and weaknesses evaluated
5.3 Evaluation of exhibition is documented to inform future exhibition planning

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements. This unit applies to planning and undertaking exhibition of textile products such as fabrics, tapestries, woven of knitted products or conceptual pieces.

Products may be exhibited in local outlets such as galleries, shops, art centres or client premises, and may include digital folios and displays.


Details of Learning Activities

A range of activities will be undertaken in and out of class sessions. Students are expected to participate in group work, written reports, presentations , site visits and attend guest lectures.

Teaching Schedule

Date Activity
Excursion  Guest Lectures
7JulyIntroduction, Course outline and Assessment.
Introduce Screen printers, Studio Textiles and Textile Design and Development, get to know each other

In groups discuss all the aspects that need to be considered when organizing an exhibition
brainstorm roles responsibilities

Discuss group work and assessment

Discuss fundraising, sponsorship, budgets.
14 July Discuss and select Exhibition title.
Groups to get together and discuss roles responsibilities
Discuss fundraising options
Sponsorship what, why, how – research sponsorship options
Furnitex 2010 Dates:
Thursday 15 July 9am - 5pm
Friday 16 July 9am - 5pm
Saturday 17 July 10am - 5pm
Sunday 18 July 10am - 5pm
Melbourne Exhibition Centre

State of Design
Design Made Trade:
Saturday 17 July, 10am – 5pm, TRADE & PUBLIC
Sunday 18 July, 10am –5pm, TRADE & PUBLIC
Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson Street
Carlton VIC 3053

Students to organise own attendance register online.
21 July Discuss fundraising options
Sponsorship what, why, how – research sponsorship options

Open day fundraising
Contacting sponsors, emailing, letter, cold calling
 28 July Preparation for Open Day fundraising – stalls etc Exhibition and marketing content is planned and products to be exhibited are selected 
 4 August  Prepare for Open Day Exhibition and fundraiser s
Resource requirements are determined and sourced
Textile products are selected and prepared for exhibition
Relevant promotional material is prepared
8 August OPEN DAY
 11 August  How to write a press release.
PR and Marketing, Guest Speaker
 Life In Style:
Tuesday the 10th August – Friday 13th. TRADE ONLY
Flemington Racecourse

Sponsorship letter
task in class
Sponsorship list due must be provided in electronic format
 18 August Exhibition Analysis:
Group Presentation – Groups 1 - 4
 Assessment in class- presentation of exhibition analysis
SUBMIT report
 25 August Exhibition Analysis:
Group Presentation – Groups 5 – 8
 Assessment in class- presentation of exhibition analysis
SUBMIT report
 1 September  Writing Artist statements, professional photography, CV’s

Discuss September workshops – resources, materials needed
 Photographing work for exhibition and publicity
 8 September  Completing artist statement finalizing submission for promotional package.  
 15 September Visit to Counihan Gallery – Meet with curator Edwina Bartlem Speaker on writing applications DEADLINE
All Artist statements and photographs to Design team

  September Break - Holiday workshops 
 6 October  Moonee Valley Venue visit  
 13 October  How to write a press release
Exhibition and marketing content is planned
Design Team to present first draft ideas on catalogue and invitation
Relevant promotional material is prepared
 20 October How to prepare - Exhibition submission proposals, hanging requirements  
 27 October Event planning for Counihan catering and opening night  Catalogue to printer or to CD duplication
3 November Program for opening night 
 MARKING WEEK - SELECTION PANELTextile products are selected and prepared for exhibition
Monday 22nd NovemberAll work to Moonee Valley and Counihan Gallery 
Tuesday 23rd NovemberOpening Night at Moonee Valley for Industry
Wednesday 24th NovemberFamily and Friends opening night at Moonee Valley 
Thursday 25th
Opening Night at Counihan Gallery 6-8pm
and Bump out from Moonee Valley
Sunday 19th
Bump out from Counihan - All work to be collected 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include group tasks, site visits, presentations and preparation of work for exhibition.

Assessment Tasks

Group Assessment

Fundraising and Sponsorship 40%
Students are expected to work in teams to resource requirements and sponsorship for the event . Group and individual participation will be expected.
Assessment criteria will be determined by all students at the start of semester and final feedback will be presented in marking week.

Mailing List
Each group must to provide a list of at least 10 names (and addresses) of companies or organizations that could be potential sponsors or provide goods for a fundraising event.
This must be provided in Excel format and emailed to the elected team member  for mailing.

Exhibition Analysis - group task

10% Peer assessment  Criteria determined by group

20% Presentation  

Provide a PPT presentation and a printed summary of your findings. 
Each group must  visit 3 different venues where work is exhibited
a shop, that displays and sells textile products,
a gallery - this may include major galleries such as the NGV or smaller artist run spaces.
a trade show.

Please ensure  that you answer all the following questions
What is the difference between each venue ?
What is the purpose of each ?
Who is the intended audience?
What is the overall style ?
How may the above factors affect the choice of display methods ?

Include name of each venue and location
What is the process for application to the venue/ event ?

For each venue provide a brief description of the following information:
venue layout and how it is suited to the works on display
Use of lighting and props/stands etc.

Sumit  your report and include any catalogues, invitations or visual references you may have sourced.

You will presnt your findings in class.

Promotional package 30%

Package to include the following:
Artist’s statement
High quality photographs of work for catalogue and media releases.
300 dpi on CD or flash drive - Clearly labeled with your name, media, title of work.
Ability to meet deadlines.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

The Diploma of Arts (STDP & SPD) graduate exhibition has now been conducted for approximately 25 years.

The Diploma of Arts (Screen Print Design) joined this exhibition in 1995 and in 2010 Diploma of Textile Design and Development joined to make it a combined  event.

 This exhibition is intended to launch the graduates into the  design and arts Industry and the wider community. At the same time the exhibition should promote RMIT and the Textile Diplomas.

Rules and regulations:

  • The exhibition will be open to all graduating students - full time or part time
  • All work to be exhibited must be work that has been submitted for assessment.
  • All major areas of course work can be exhibited, ie. screen printing, textiles, paper or other mediums, weaving, machine knitting, tapestry, textile technology, drawing, design etc.
  • Work exhibited must be of the highest standard in design and technique.
  • Work to be exhibited must be submitted to a selection panel, consisting of a staff member from each subject area, as well as where possible, a representative of the industry.
  • Articles for exhibition must be in original condition.
  • Students exhibiting must participate in the following;
    fundraising and sponsorship
    providing mailing lists
    photograph works for catalogues
    concept design for invitations and event
    attending and promoting the exhibition at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition

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