Course Title: Calculate cost estimates for fashion products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: GRAP5211C

Course Title: Calculate cost estimates for fashion products

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5220 - Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course Contact : Mandy Penton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259202

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

 Ginny Yarnton

Laura Holmes-Brown 

 Dawn Taylor

Nominal Hours: 30

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 unit covers the skills and knowledge to develop cost estimates for sample production of products within the fashion industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD4004B Calculate cost estimates for fashion products


1. Identify factors to be considered when costing fashion products

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Factors to be taken into consideration when costing
fashion products are identified according to OHS
practices .
1.2 Market forces that affect costing for fashion industry are identified


2. Identify costs involved in producing fashion products

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Costs of fabric and trims for sample garments and
production are estimated.
2.2 Similar garments from different price points within fashion
industry are compared and any production differences are
2.3 Hidden costs in sample production are identified.
2.4 Differences in costs for sample and bulk production
garments are explained.


3. Identify and calculate labour costs involved in fashion product production

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Labour involved in fashion product production is
3.2 Labour costs for production of sample and bulk production
are calculated.
3.3 Different methods of utilising labour in fashion industry
are identified and compared.


4. Develop costing sheets to industry standards

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Components of fashion industry costing sheets are
4.2 Costing sheets are developed to meet fashion industry
4.3 Costing sheet is completed for a sample garment.
4.4 Costing sheet is used to develop quotation for bulk
4.5 Quality standards of work and received materials are

Learning Outcomes

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required in cost estimating for a range of garments and products developed for the fashion industry, including sample production.

Details of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities:
The course is integrated with LMTFD5019B Analyse individual fit and make pattern alterations.
LMTFD5010B Develop and present Design concepts within specific guidelines
to form a cluster or learning program called Design Studio 2
In this course you will be involved in blended learning activities involving both theoretical and practical tasks.
• You will be required to undertake research outside of regular class times.
• You will integrate skills across the design process and focus on the use and experimentation of design studio processes which will result in the production of a fashion design product which meets a specified brief
Develop and produce costing specifications for Assessment task 1 

Design Studio 2 this semester will consist of two major projects and a minor costing assignment (that will be assessed as part of project 1). Some elements of these tasks will run concurrently and students are expected to time manage projects to ensure that all expected due dates are met.

Teaching Schedule

Wk 1 11/02/13
Assessment expectations; attendance. Finalise groups.
Discuss: design, research, customer and fabrication & associated costs.
Industry partner to RMIT to deliver the brief.
Wk 2 18/02/13 
In class exercises: Design and range development.
Discuss final fabric swatches and design ideas & associated costs.
information delivered regarding Project 2 “Future Visions”
Wk 3 25/02/13
Groups to present: visual diary, tech drawings (in Illustrator format), colour palette, fabric swatches and graphic to Industry Partner.
Selection of final styles by Industry Partner.
Wk 4 04/03/13
Visual Diary assessment
Pattern and Toile Development.
Consider suitability of design, costs, fabrication and fit.
Discuss ideas regarding Future Visions project – one on one with your teacher. 
 Wk 5 11/03/13 & Wk 6 18/03/13
Pattern and Toile Development.
Consider suitability of design, costs, fabrication and fit.
Prototype/toile and final patterns due end of week 6 for assessment.
Both sessions of week 6 will have detailed in-class activities that will assist them to produce accurate costings for their garments
Wk 7 25/03/13
Session 1: Peer assessment of Patterns: Compulsory attendance.
Session 2: Costing exercises: Compulsory attendance.
Prepare and cut fabric, include calculations of fabric usage for costing
Discuss ideas regarding Future Visions project – one on one with your teacher.
Wk 8 08/04/13
* Prepare and cut fabric
Commence final construction, include calculations of labour/machinery and trim usage for costing
Discuss ideas regarding Future Visions project – one on one with your teacher.
Wk 9 15/04/13
Final Construction.
End of week 9 – costing assignment DUE
Wk 10 22/04/13
Hand in industry partner project,  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Fashion Design by Sue Jenkin Jones

Other Resources

RMIT Library
Document folder for filing of costing information
Work produced as part of their studio 2 Project 1
Garments. patterns and Information relating to usage of Fabric, Printing and Embellishments for their garments
Essential Learning Resources students need to have for all Design Studio classes:
Selection of pencils: H, HB and 2B
Pattern making equipment, rulers and set squares pattern scissors
Pattern hooks,
Sewing equipment. fabric scissors
Fabric purchased by the student suitable for toiling garments and producing final product with all linings and interlinings
Visual Diary

Overview of Assessment

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class. Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.

This course comprises both practical and theory components. You will be expected to attend and participate in class activities.

As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times and participate in formal assessment tasks.

PLEASE NOTE: work that has not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be considered for assessment.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task - Project 1 (Industry Partner)
As part of the Blended learning activity Students are to identify all elements of their designs that will need to be considered to create costing sheets for all garments made for Project 1 (WIL Industry Partner project)
Costing assignment  for Project 1 due at the end of the project in Week 8

Assessment Matrix

Elements ProjectElements Project

ElementsProject 1 Industry Partner Project
1. Identify factors to be considered when costing fashion productsX
2. Identify costs involved in producing fashion productsX
3. Identify and calculate labour costs involved in fashion product productionX
4. Develop costing sheets to industry standardsX


Other Information

The above schedule may be subject to change
There is an expectation that students regularly continue with their projects out of class. Recommended time is 3 1/4 hours per week for Design Studio 2.
Students should research and source information relating design to pattern-making and construction prior to each class in order to fully utilise their in class time efficiently.

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