Course Title: Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: ARCH5178C

Course Title: Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5249 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jenny Crowley

John Perperis

Jenni Woods

Nominal Hours: 54

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

All students are required to have completed  Soft Furnishing for Interiors ARCH 5168C to a compenent level before commencing this course.

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to specify innovative and cost effective decorative solutions for furniture, floor covering, soft furnishings and window dressings to enhance and compliment interior design schemes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID5011A Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution


1.  Assess project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Applicable OHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending decorative solutions are verified and complied with
1.2. Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client
1.3. Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
1.4. Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
1.5. Communication with others is established and maintained
1.6. Intended applications and effects for the windows, furniture and soft furnishings are identified


2.  Determine decorative treatments for windows and openings

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Window treatments, their application and fixing technologies are researched to determine suitability for client requirements
2.2. New technologies in window treatments are researched and relevance for decorative project s identified
2.3. The types of openings and their requirements are identified and a range of possible creative solutions determined
2.4. Window or opening is measured and details recorded accurately for a range of window treatments
2.5. Fabric requirements are calculated and manufacturing requirements determined for a range of window treatments taking into consideration pattern repeats


3.  Specify furniture transformation

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Methods of transforming a range of furniture and furnishings are researched
3.2. Design considerations are investigated and assessed against the project brief
3.3. Fabrics and materials are selected for furniture
3.4. Furniture transformation ideas are documented and specified
3.5. Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget


4.  Specify soft floor coverings

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Range of floor coverings available for application are identified and analysed to determine most suitable fit
4.2. New technologies in flooring are researched and relevance for decorative project identified
4.3. The features, limitations and environmental impact of selected floor covering is assessed against performance requirements and environmental standards
4.4. Floor area is measured and specifications recorded for flooring solution
4.5. Costs are calculated and assessed against project budget


5.  Specify soft furnishings

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Soft furnishings are selected to meet the requirements of the brief and the overall design scheme
5.2. Specifications are documented to record colour, sizing, style and fabric details
5.3. Arrangement of soft furnishings is documented in design schedules
5.4. Costs of soft furnishings are calculated and assessed against project budget


6.  Document and present decorative recommendations

Performance Criteria:

6.1. Innovative design solution to brief is presented taking into consideration parameters of design brief
6.2. Fabrics, furnishings and fixing technologies are selected taking into consideration parameters of project brief
6.3. Specifications are documented for all treatment recommendations
6.4. Schedule is presented that includes both high and low costings to support design solution
6.5. Solution to brief is visualised graphically and in 3-D form
6.6. Sample board is created to enhance and support the design intention
6.7. Feedback and follow up is instigated and maintained with the client

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent research and recommendation of current styles and technologies for the decoration of furniture, soft furnishings, floor coverings and window dressings.
This unit requires employability skills in initiative and enterprise and problem solving in order to direct the research and recommending of suitable decorative solutions. Communication skills are used to access and interpret information using information technologies and complete decoration proposals. Self management and learning skills are applied in the review of information and arrangements to ensure project needs are met.

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of learning activities in the unit: Including

  • Lectures on all documentation requirements
  • Demonstrations, including power point &  AV presentations
  • Supervised studio activities and ;
  • Research projects

              Some learning activities will include a self-directed learning approach, self-directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently, either as individuals or with other

             students, or that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace research, library assignments, field work and work placement.

  • Site visits to both BQ Design, Zepel Fabrics and other relevant suppliers to complete this project.

Teaching Schedule

Please refer to Blackboard for the weekly schedule of all class activities, project details & submission dates.

ARCH 5178C Specify Soft Furnishing Solutions - weekly notes

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

BQ Design web site -

Zepel Fabrics web site -

Soft Furnishing Notes from 1st Year. ARCH 5168C Soft Furnishings for Interiors.

Additional information has been added to blackboard to support a wide range of areas for investigation & futher learning.

Please refer to Support Information.

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively research and recommend decorative treatments for windows, soft furnishings and furniture to meet the design requirements of at least two project briefs
• Effectively apply design elements and principles to recommended decorative solution
• Visually present decorative solutions to illustrate how ideas meet overall design requirements
• Correctly calculate quantities and costings required to achieve decorative solution
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for researching and recommending decorative treatments
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

There will be One major Project  linked with Industry.

BQ Design &  Zepel Fabrics Bedroom Project

Task 1: Concept Presentation with the focus on the project brief delivered by BQ Design & Zepel Fabrics

Task 2: Oral Presentation to Industry Representatives on the final resolution of the entire Apartment.

Task 3: Work Book Documentation of the entire apartment.

Please note that you must complete all task to a satisfactory standard to pass this course overall.

Assessment Matrix

Please refer to blackboard for a complete overview of the assessment requirements & matrix.

ARCH 5178C Specify Soft Furnishing Solutions

Assessment folder.

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