Course Title: Apply design studio process

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: GRAP5234C

Course Title: Apply design studio process

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

Dawn Taylor:

Julie Wood:

Tina Marino-Grahame:

Nominal Hours: 90

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 apply design studio processes when interpreting and responding to a specified brief through the production of a fashion design product.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD4001B Apply design studio process


1. Interpret design brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1Specifications of design brief are identified.
1.2 Purposes of product and end user expectations are identified.
1.3 Characteristics of target market are identified.
1.4 Understanding of design brief is checked and further clarification gained as required.


2. Research relevant information

Performance Criteria:

 2.1 Relevant information is identified and accessed to guide
design and production process.
2.2 Information is analysed and applied to design concept
development and production.
2.3 Any additional expertise required for project is identified.


3. Develop and refine design concept

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Preliminary concepts are identified.
3.2 Designprocesses are used to experiment with and
develop design concepts.
3.3 Options are evaluated against design brief specifications.
3.4 Criterion and selectionprocesses are used to refine
concept options.
3.5 Design concept is selected and developed.


4. Present design for feedback

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Communication tools are used to present design
concept to appropriate personnel for feedback.
4.2 Feedback is received and considered in line with design
4.3 Design concept is modified and improved where possible


5. Prepare for production

Performance Criteria:

5.1 All components required for production are identified.
5.2 Technical aspects of production are identified.
5.3 Specification sheet is completed to guide production.
5.4 Resources and production requirements are identified and
5.5 Plan is developed to guide production


6. Develop design pattern

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Blocks are selected to meet design brief.
6.2 Blocks are modified to create patterns that meet design
requirements and specifications.
6.3 Pattern is made according to industry standards, including
industry markings and lay plans.
6.4 Toile is created to test accuracy of pattern.
6.5 Pattern is confirmed against design specifications.


7. Produce fashion product

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Workplace is prepared according to OHS practices .
7.2 Materials and resources are prepared.
7.3 Fabric is cut according to pattern directions.
7.4 Product is sewn according to specifications.
7.5 Product is finished according to specifications.


8. Evaluate and analyse design and production processes

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Finished item is assessed against design specifications
and design brief.
8.2 Design is analysed and evaluated to identify opportunities
for improvement.
8.3 Production process is evaluated to identify opportunities
for improvement.
8.4 Process and improvements are documented

Learning Outcomes

The unit is a holistic unit that requires the integration of skills across the design process and focuses on the use and experimentation of design studio processes to result in the production of a fashion design product which meets specified briefs. Learning outcomes include interpretation of design briefs, how to research and interpret design trends, target markets, and development of design concepts through all facets of the process including pattern, garment production and final presentation of work meeting the original brief/s criteria.

Details of Learning Activities

The course is integrated with LMTFD5015B Develop patterns for complex fashion garments to form a a cluster or learning program called Design Studio 1
In this course you will be involved in 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.

Teaching Schedule

WEEK 1 - 5

  •  Introduction to course requirements, attendance, assessment etc.
  •  Generic Jacket and sampler construction for Project 1.
  •  Self-directed design research for Project 2
  • Time management strategies.
8 hours out of class time to be spent on design & pattern making research for project 2
Submit Project 1 (generic jacket and sampler) to demonstrate required skill and competency before commencement of Project 2
Submit Research and Design Development (Project 2) for assessment.

WEEKS 6 - 15
  •  Commence patternmaking and toiling for Project 2.
  •   Finalise production patterns on Paper.
  •  Cut the final garments ready for production.
  •  Tailored garments construction
  •  Finalise garments and related project work for assessment as per original Design Brief Criteria.

 10 hours out of class time to be spent on design development for project 2 
Week 10: Submit patterns on paper with specification sheet & final toiles for pre-assessment
Week 11- 15:
Work on final development of Tailored outfit.
Industry Partner Briefing and Reviews in weeks 10-14 for Design Studio 2

Submit and present final Tailored garments and project work for Project 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Patternmaking for Fashion Design’ Helen Joseph Armstrong

Other Resources

WGSN for trend forecasting.

RMIT Blackboard 

Essential Learning Resources students need to have for all Design Studio classes:

Selection of pencils: H, HB and 2B 
Garment Bag,
Grading ruler,
Sewing equipment.
Sewing Machine
Patternmaking Equipment

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


Research and Design Development Folio.


Final patterns on paper (pre-assessment).

Final patterns on paper; final toiles, Pattern record / specification sheet.


Construction of Final Tailored Garments and Pattern record / specification sheet.


Final Range boards.

Assessment Matrix


Research and Design Development Folio.



Final patterns, toiles and specification sheet.





Construction of Final Tailored Garments and specification sheet.



Final Range boards.


 1. Interpret design brief X X X X
 2. Research relevant information X X  X
 3. Develop and refine design concept X X  X
 4. Present design for feedback X X  X
 5. Prepare for production  X X 
 6. Develop design pattern  X  
 7. Produce fashion product  X X X
 8. Evaluate and analyse design and production processes  X X X

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