Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: VART5903C

Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6082 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Ilka White

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259225

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Nominal Hours: 100

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

Analyse textile design influences is a year long course and so runs through Semesters 1 and 2. 

It is being delivered concurrently with the following courses;

In Semester 1: Analyse use of Colour in Textiles (VART 5905C), Assist in the the development of Textile Designs (VART 5904C) and Operate computing technology (6060C).

In Semester 2: Present and promote Textile Design Concepts (VART 5909C).

It is strongly recommended that Analyse textile design influences students are enrolled simultaneously in the courses listed above.

Course Description

Covers the skills and knowledge required to research and analyse various influences on textile design and production.
We will be looking at what influences textile design, from historical textiles and cultural influences to contemporary social trends, art, fashion, technology, and environmental change. The unit includes applied research and analysis of the design process, construction techniques, colour, textile products and future directions in textiles as well as the principles and elements of design.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4007A Analyse textile design influences

Learning Outcomes

This course gives students the opportunity to undertake practical, oral and written assessment tasks to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to:

  • analyse key influences in textile design
  • identify the principles and elements of design
  • gather information using a range of sources, tools and technology
  • analyse and evaluate information
  • analyse influences on textile production techniques
  • relate findings to future directions in textile design

Details of Learning Activities

Weekly presentations on design influences are followed by workshop activities, industry related excursions and visits from relevant guest speakers. Students will keep a reference journal, participate in group discussions, undertake their own research into textile design influences and give an oral presentation of their findings to the group. Students will interview a contemporary designer of their choice, participate in detailed textile observation and analysis and undertake reflective writing. Future directions in textiles are explored and presented as a Techno Textiles Wiki. Principals and Elements underpinning design are explored in class exercises in this course and in linked courses. Colour wheel paint ups, practical problem solving and the creation of story and concept boards are also undertaken in linked courses VART 5905C and VART 5904C.

Teaching Schedule

  Analyse textile design influences SEMESTER ONE. * This is a year long subject. Semester Two will be uploaded in June.
SessionSEMESTER ONE Learning Activities SEMESTER ONE Assessment Tasks
Session 1

Introduction to the course and its place in the design process. Explanation of assessment requirements.
Presentation: Geometric Textile Design: Historical and Cultural context.
Brainstorm Design influences. Discuss and define ‘Analysis’.
Textile Observation Exercise.


Session 2

Introduction of  Research project and overview of past approaches.

Avenues for Research: Research sources and methods - tips and requirements. Advanced Research Session with campus librarian.

Task – Choose a historical, traditional, or cultural Design a research topic.


Session 3

Design Principals and Elements: Application for Textiles

Industry Visit

Session 4

Presentation: Colour in Textile Design: Colour’s significance as a signifier.
Task– Research Project: Utilising the sources and approaches we have discussed in our last two weeks, source visual images and references for the major research project. 

Research Project Consultations:

* Individual Consultations regarding progress with research project. Students must confirm topic and discuss progress.

Session 5

 Avenues for Research:

Collections: Presentation of available collections, and examples of historical textiles as a design source for contemporary projects.

Industry Visit

Session 6

Tribes: Material Identity. Textiles as signifiers of Cultural and Subcultural Identity.

Exercise: Brainstorm Tribes and Sub-Cultures:
Identify social and sub-cultural influences on textile design development and analyse their effects.
Tribes Research excursion.

Session 7

Flower Power: Historical and Cultural context for Floral Textile Design.
Identifying characteristics (nationality, lineage, status, religion, etc.) represented by Symbology of flowers. Analysis of floral design styles – historical – small/large scale, stylised, graphic, techno.

Task– Research Project: Continue work sourcing visual images and references for the oral presentation and handout. 

 Research Project Consultations:

* Show Evidence in Journal of planning and organisation, collection of resources and research undertaken.

Session 8

 Australian Textile Origins: Indigenous Textiles, ancient and current.
Discussion of cultural protocol and copyright.
Industry Visit to view indigenous textiles.

Session 9Textile History 101: Textiles of the ancient world.

Task: Research events and innovations that shaped the world of textiles.
Colour Wheel work due for assessment in Colour and Design classes (to be co assessed for this subject).
Session 10

Textile History 2: Antiquity to the Industrial Revolution.

Research project: Development of presentation and handout. * Individual Consultations regarding progress with research project.

Session 11

Textile History 3: Post Industrial Influences.

Industry Visit


Session 12 World Textiles overview 1:

Traditional textile design, techniques and processes, trade and exchange, products, purposes, uses and significance.

Research project: Development of presentation and handout. * Individual Consultations regarding progress with research project.
Session 13 World Textiles overview 2:

Traditional textile design, techniques and processes, trade and exchange, products, purposes, uses and significance.

Research project: Development of presentation and handout. * Individual Consultations regarding progress with research project.
Session 14

Colour of Place: Place as an influence on design.

Student Presentations

 20 minute Oral Presentation with Powerpoint or Keynote, examples and class handout.
Session 15 Student Presentations20 minute Oral Presentation with Powerpoint or Keynote, examples and class handout.
Session 16 Student Presentations20 minute Oral Presentation with Powerpoint or Keynote, examples and class handout.
* Notes

This is a year long subject.

Teaching schedule for Semester Two will be uploaded in June.
* This teaching schedule may be subject to change:

In order to reflect current practice, learning activities including industry visits/excursions will change from year to year. This allows us to make best use of changing exhibitions and visiting practitioners or specialists.

All work due for Final Assessment week 17.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

* Texts listed are an overview only. Additional Texts will also be suggested according to individual research topics and industry excusions.

5000 years of textiles Jennifer Harris, British Museum Press in association with the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: 2004
World Textiles: a concise history Mary Schoeser, Thames and Hudson, London: 2003
World Textiles: a visual guide John Gillow and Brian Sentence, Little, Brown and Company, Boston 1999
The Cambridge History of Western Textiles D Jenkins, Cambridge University Press, New York: 2002
A History of Costume in the West Francois Boucher, Thames and Hudson, London, 1987
The Melbourne Design Guide. Ed. Viviane Stappmanns and Ewan McEoin. Pub Lab.3000 2006
Handmade in Melbourne. Jan Phyland and Janet De Silva. Pud GSP Books. 2006
Designation. Pub. Ripe off the Press 2006
Ways of Seeing John Berger, Penguin, London
Spirit Country Jennifer Isaacs, Hardie Grant, Sth Yarra
Art Almanac – this is an excellent monthly guide to exhibitions in Melbourne and Victoria. Available at art supply shops and newsagents
Craft Almanac – online bulletin of Craft Victoria

Some examples of Magazines and Journals  –
Art Monthly
ART Asia Pacific
Art and Australia
Un magazine
Object Magazine
Surface Design
Textile Fibre Forum
Parkett Magazine
Craft Arts International


Other Resources

Students will require a pencil, pen and their journal in all classes. A camera is often useful but not essential.

We will discuss the variety of other resources available to you for your projects in our avenues for research classes.

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course, students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods throughout the year including: oral presentations, digital presentation files, preparation of a handout containing images, written synopsis and bibliography, development of a Wiki, Design principals and elements exercise, interview of a contemporary designer, concept and story boards, painted colour wheels and a journal containing planning, organisation and self directed research material.
Please note that some of these tasks and activities are undertaken in the linked courses mentioned under co-requisites and assessed in collaboration with staff delivering these courses.
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt. All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a PASS.
Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading.

Assessment Tasks

• Major Research Project (Into a Historical, Traditional or Cultural Design Influence) consisting of:
   Research undertaken in Journal
   Evidence of Planning and Organisation
   Handout produced for Class
   Written Synopsis, Bibliography and Self Reflective Writing
   Powerpoint or Keynote Presentation file
   Oral Presentation
• Design Elements and Principals Exercise
• Colour Wheel -(Assessed in Colour Semester 1 )
• Contemporary Designer Interview Project
• Techno Textiles Wiki
• Concept and Story Boards - (Assessed in Present and Promote Textile Design Concepts Semester 2 )
• Reference Journal

* Note that this is a full year course. The assessment tasks listed are spread over the two semesters.

Assessment Matrix


Major Research Project:

Design Elements and Principals Exercise Colour Wheels Contemporary Designer Interview Project Techno Textiles WikiConcept and Story Boards Journal
1 Analyse key influences on textile designs  x   x x x x
2 Identify feature of the design process  x  x  x 
3 Source information on textile designs and products x      x
4 Analyse textile construction techniques    x  x x
5 Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart   x   x 
6 Analyse influences on future directions in textiles x    x x x

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