Course Title: Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: GRAP5226C

Course Title: Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts

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

Kirsty Gorter -

Sylvia Walsh -

Nominal Hours: 80

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 assist with research and preparation of initial garment design concepts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD4003B Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts


1. Interpret design brief within specified guidelines

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Design parameters are clarified, in consultation with designer, sales team, management and client.

1.2 Strategy plan and critical path plan are developed.

1.3 Constraints are identified and taken into account when clarifying brief.


2. Research relevant information within specified guidelines

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Trends in fabrics, etc. are researched for performance, colour, availability, care and maintenance requirements and suitability to project or design.

2.2 Technical requirements associated with production are assessed, within specified guidelines and according to OHS practices .

2.3 Any additional expertise required for project is identified.


3. Contribute to design concepts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Preliminary concepts are worked out in conjunction with others to identify possibilities.

3.2 Story themes are developed using fashion magazines, samples, swatches, trims and colour palette.

3.3 Ideas are contributed and discussed with team members to enhance success of project.

3.4 Relevant support materials and explanations are developed and refined in conjunction with members of design team.


4. Contribute to presentation of the design

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Own role and relationship to others for presentation meeting is determined and rehearsed.

4.2 Presentation is assessed in a manner which promotes acceptance or approval or the design.

Learning Outcomes

In this unit you will be required to demonstrates skills and knowledge to:
• research trends
• assess technical requirements
• develop story themes
and then interpret this information into preliminary design concepts for garments.

This will involve creation, or adaptation of designs and interpretation of sketches within a range of design contexts.
Design may relate to individual garments or small ranges depending on the design criteria given to you as part of you class work. 

Details of Learning Activities

• You will follow a design brief, designing an original, small range of garments based on a specific, researched theme.
• You will meet with the teacher for feedback at critical check points in the planned timeline.
• As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and development time outside class to meet the learning requirements of this course.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1-2 Product development. checkpoint 1
Week 3-4 Design process. checkpoint 2
Week 5 ‘Design a small range’ brief. Plan theme, research and timeline. checkpoint 3  

Weeks 2-5 Four(4 ) hours out class time is required to work on assessment tasks.

Week 7-8 Explore colour, fabric and trims as relevant to the theme. Demonstrate design concepts and fabric selection in visual diary. checkpoint 4
Week 9-10 Develop fabric treatment and rough sketches for peer presentation. checkpoint 5
Week 11-15 Complete design selection and make final trade sketches, illustrations as required for class presentation and submission. checkpoint 6 Four(4) hours out of Weeks 7-14 Four(4 ) hours out class time is required to work on assessment tasks.

Week 16 Assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Jenkyn Jones. S., Fashion Design 2nd Edition.


Stecker, Pamela, 1996, Fashion Design Manual, Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, South Melbourne;
McKelvey, Kathryn & Janine Munslow, Fashion Design: Process, Innovation & Practice, Blackewell.

Other Resources

Equipment and materials required in class are layout pad, HB pencil, fine line black pen, text book, cartidge paper and media such as markers and gouache paints.

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

To be eligilble for graded assessment you must achieve each Element (of learning) as listed in the assessment matrix
Ungraded Assessment: Checkpoints x 6
Graded Assessment: Final presentation of brief; boards, visual diary and sample 

Checkpoint 1 Product development
Checkpoint 2 Design process
Checkpoint 3 Time line plan to achieve small range brief
Checkpoint 4 Colours, Fabrics and Trims storyboard book. Themes board/book and Concept/rough sketches
Checkpoint 5 Rough sketching, fabric and design selection for peer presentation.
Checkpoint 6 Class presentation of Small Range
Final submission Small Range consisting of boards with 5 outfits illustrated, trade sketches, design specifications, colour and fabric palette and visual diary

Assessment Matrix


Element (of learning)

Checkpoint 1


Checkpoint 2


Checkpoint 3


Checkpoint 4


Checkpoint 5


Checkpoint 6


Small Range


1. interpret design brief within specified guidelines  xxxxxxx
2. Research relevant information within specified guidelines xx xx  
3. Contribute to design concepts
xx xxxx
4. Contribute to presentation of the design xx  xxx

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