Course Title: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: ARCH5214C

Course Title: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - 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

Lindsey Glover -

Michele Meister -

 Accelerated Program: Program Coordinator - Jenni Woods

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 unit specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend soft furnishings for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4005 Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors


Research and recommend soft floor coverings

Performance Criteria:

Range of floor coverings, their application and installation requirements are researched
The features, limitations and environmental impact of floor coverings are identified
Floor area is measured and details recorded accurately for flooring solution
Flooring solution is selected and details specified to meet client requirements
Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget


Assess soft furnishing requirements for the project

Performance Criteria:

Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending soft furnishings are verified and complied with
Project brief is reviewed to determine desired effects for interior space
Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
Communication with others is established and maintained


Research materials for soft furnishings

Performance Criteria:

Aesthetic, visual characteristics and colour requirements of the soft furnishings are assessed
Intended applications for the soft furnishings are analysed and reviewed
New soft furnishing and material technologies are researched and assessed against the project brief
Tactile requirements of the soft furnishings in relation to the design are researched
Properties of the materials used in the production of soft furnishings are analysed and evaluated
Manufacturing processes and available expertise for the materials are assessed
Costs and availability of materials are assessed and compared
Environmental impact and benefits of materials are assessed
Durability, restorability and maintenance care quality of materials are researched and requirements for residential and industrial applications examined


Research and recommend decorative treatments for windows and openings

Performance Criteria:

Range of window treatments, their application and fixing technologies are researched
New technologies in window treatments are researched and relevance for decorative project identified
The features, limitations and environmental impact of window treatments are identified
The types of openings and their requirements are identified and a range of possible creative solutions determined
Window or opening is measured and details recorded accurately for a range of window treatments
Fabric requirements are calculated and manufacturing requirements determined for a range of window treatments taking into consideration pattern repeats
Window treatment is selected and specified to meet client requirements and minimise environmental impact

Fixing technology is specified appropriate to selected window treatment
Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget


Document and present decorative recommendations

Performance Criteria:

Soft furnishings are selected to achieve parameters of design brief
Specifications are documented for all soft furnishing recommendations
Schedule is presented to support decorative solution
Sample board is created to enhance and support the decorative intention
Feedback and follow up is instigated and maintained with the client

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In Class Activities will include:
• Lectures
• Trade fairs
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed group activities/projects

Out of class activities will include:
• Online research
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits
• Industry related excursions

Self-Directed Learning - Some 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 that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace research, library assignments.

Teaching Schedule



Week Class content Lecture Series due date learning Elements

Course overview and expectations

Introduction to Fibres & Weaves

Introduction to major Project

Design process for Interior jobs

Start looking for fabrics for your project

Major project due wk 15


1.1 - 1.5 
2 Fibres & Weaves  Fibre & Weaves DVD   1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9

Fibres & Weaves continued

Types of window & treatments, headings
& Curtain Hardware

Introduction to Curtain Calculations

Intro of BQ Design Catalogue & Fabric price list

  1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9
4 Curtain Calculation with Pattern repeat & lining     1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9,
3.1 -3.6

Site Visit to Fabric Houses & Manufacturer

Monday 10 th August off site

   Open Day bump in & bump out 1.1-1.5,2.2-2.9

Work room order forms and final revision

Loose concept  presentation of bedroom proposal to be presented in Decorate Residential Interiors the following week.

Blind overview types & considerations   1.1-1.5,2.2-2.9

Blind calculations
Review of final fabric selection for project

  Loose concept presentation
wk 7
8 Blind Calculation & work room order forms Upholstery & leather  Presentation Jardan & instyle   1.1-1.5,2.2-2.9

Studio design time floor plans, elevations etc


10 Studio design time floor plans, elevations etc

BQ Design Product overview

Bedheads, pelmets & bed spreads, quilting

 11 Studio time -Documentation preparation Passementrie, accessories    
   MID SEMESTER BREAK      21 Sept to 2 Oct inclusive  
12 Studio time - application of quilting, bedsparead & accessories. applicable to project
13 Exam review Calculation Test     
14 Studio time Documentation continue
Review curtain & blind calculations for project

Studio time and final prep for oral presentation

 Re- sit of Calculation exam    1.1-1.6
 16  Final presentation and submission of work    Warehouse - bedroom project due  1-1,- 1-6,5.5
 17  Feed Back and review  

 Accelerated Program

Week Class Content Due Date Learning Elements

Fibres & Weaves
Intro to Major Project

Major project due wk 17 1.1 - 1.5
2 Fibres & Weaves   1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9
3 Fibres & Weaves   1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9

Types of window & treatments
Studio Prac

  1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9, 3.1 -3.6
5 No Class- Open Day set up  Self directed Learning  

Pelmets & curtain hardware

  1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9, 3.1 -3.6

Curtain Calculations
Loose Concept presentation

Loose Concept Presentation 1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9, 3.1 -3.6

Blind Calculations
Review of final fabrics all sections of project for documentation & rendering in Drawing techniques.

  1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9, 3.1 -3.9

Bedheads, bedspreads & bed valances 
Prograssive assessment - visual diary 

Visual diary final assess due wk 17

1.1- 1.2,
3.1 -3.9,
4.1, 5.1- 5.5


Upholstery - order forms, fabrics & white price  Flooring for bedroom project
Revise curtain & blind calculations

  3.1 -3.9

Review of Curtain & Blind Calculations, order forms
Calculations test

 Calculations Test  1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.9

Mid Semester Break

 21 Sept to 2 Oct inclusive  

Introduction to Documentation
Studio Prac

Due at week 17 1.1- 1.2,
3.1 -3.9,
4.1, 5.1- 5.5

Flooring continuing
Wall art options

  1.1- 1.2,
3.1 -3.9,
4.1, 5.1- 5.5
14 Documentation review
Studio Prac
 Re-sit of calculation exam. 1.1- 1.2,
3.1 -3.9,
4.1, 5.1- 5.5

Documentation review
Studio Prac

  1.1- 1.2,
3.1 -3.9,
4.1, 5.1- 5.5
 16 Consolidate curtain & blind calculations & order forms for bedroom project
Review documentation & visual diary


Preparation of final  presentation

Studio time


 Final presentation & hand in of work

 Warehouse project - bedroom project due

 19  Feed back and review of work  Resubmission of  

 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to library resources.

BQ web site -
Please note: Many Fabric Houses will have a web site for you to view their latest fabric ranges.
BOOK :Ann Justin: 1001 Window Treatments (Amazon)
Magazines: Vogue Living. Instyle, Wallpaper, Belle, Verander USA, Home Decor, Architectural
Review just to name a few......
Soft Furnishing course notes on Blackboard MYRMIT - Please note that you will be required to
print out all notes as required by your teacher.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design students
The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
The Library provides guides on academic referencing
and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is project based.

Assessment Tasks

 Feedback & assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both - feedback needs to be recorded & acted upon

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Task 1A: Fabric File
(Full time program - We will continue to build on the investigative work you have
commenced in semester 1 in Decorate Residential Interiors)
To explore fibres & weaves in depth and to assist your understanding of fabrics for suitable
application in the Interiors Industry.

Task 2: Calculations for Window treatments Assessment
A test covering fabric calculations and fabric and window treatment questions

Task 3: Warehouse bedroom fit out
You will be required to link this project to the investigative work you commenced in Decorate
Residential Interiors under different decorating styles.
Further to this you will be required to design, source and document all aspects of this project to
allow you to make a proposal to a client.

All tasks must be completed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.
Soft Furnishings for Interiors is a prerquisite for Specify Furnishing Solutions or Industry experience.
You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome (rubric).
At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment
Soft Furnishings for Interiors is grouped with Decorate residential Interiors, Prepare a material board, Drawing techniques, 3D design process
and in some cases Organise & communicate information.
This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

Soft Furnishings for Interiors is grouped with the following units Decorate residential Interiors, Drawing techniques, 3D design process and in some cases Organise & communicate information.

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress:
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1
Special Consideration Policy:  (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration.
Cover Sheet for Submissions:
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Please refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism. 

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n


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