Course Title: Exhibit textile designs or products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: VART5918C

Course Title: Exhibit textile designs or products

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6082 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 9201

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam   Ph 99259421

Rachel Halton   Ph 9925 9158

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

It is recommended that this unit be taken in the final semester of study and when all other mandatory and elective units have been completed.

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to plan, prepare and set up exhibits of textile products.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5006A Exhibit textile designs or products


1 Determine exhibition requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Objectives of exhibition and target audience are identified
1.2 Products to be exhibited and appropriate means of display are identified
1.3 Size or scope of exhibition is determined
1.4 Suitable locations for exhibition are investigated in line with types of displays, size and scope of exhibition and needs of target audience
1.5 Requirements are documented


2 Plan exhibition

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Exhibition and marketing content is planned and products to be exhibited are selected
2.2 Resource requirements are determined and sourced
2.3 Exhibition schedules and timelines are determined
2.4 Venue management is consulted and bookings are secured
2.5 Relevant promotional material is prepared
2.6 Floor plans are designed to maximize visual display and appearance.
2.7 Appropriate people are consulted to ensure plans are viable and that requirements can be met, and any planning issues are discussed and resolved
2.8 Plans are finalised ensuring that all obligations and considerations are addressed


3 Prepare works for exhibition

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Textile products are selected and prepared for exhibition
3.2 Suitable method of cataloguing and labeling products for display are identified, undertaken and documented accurately
3.3 Transfer, installation, hanging and arranging of works is overseen to ensure presentation and aesthetic requirements are achieved, and according to OH&S practices.
3.4 Problems arising during set up are resolved and documented for future reference


4 Exhibit products

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Exhibition is introduced and explained to the audience using appropriate communication tools and techniques
4.2 Audience response to exhibition is monitored and feedback received and responded to
4.3 Exhibition is closed and dismantling and transfer of displays and equipment is coordinated
4.4 Event is finalised with venue management, including payment arrangements


5 Evaluate and analyse event.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Audience response to presentation is used to evaluate overall effectiveness of exhibition
5.2 Selected products, display methods and choice of location are analysed and strengths and weaknesses evaluated
5.3 Evaluation of exhibition is documented to inform future exhibition planning

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to planning and undertaking exhibition of textile products such as printed fabrics, tapestries, woven or knitted products or conceptual pieces.

Products may be exhibited in local outlets such as galleries, shops, art centres or client premises, and may include digital folios and displays.

Details of Learning Activities

A range of activities will be undertaken in and out of class sessions. Students are expected to participate in group work, written reports, presentations , site visits and attend guest lectures.

Teaching Schedule

Date Activity
Excursion/ assessments/dead lines
4 July
week 1
Introduction, Course outline and Assessment.
Introduce Screen printers, Studio Textiles and Textile Design and Development, get to know each other

In groups discuss all the aspects that need to be considered when organizing an exhibition
brainstorm roles responsibilities
Determine exhibition requirements
Discuss group work and assessment

11 July
week 2
Discuss roles responsibilities
Discuss fundraising options
Sponsorship what, why, how – research sponsorship options – prepare mailing list

Group allocation and application for design co-ordinator

Homework – Each student must have 2 sponsorship contacts to bring to class on the 25th of July
18 July
Fundraising and design teams Finalised. Group work; brain storm, roles, responsibilities, plan resources and establish guidelines for participation

Design Made Trade or Furnitex – This visit will be part of your exhibition analysis, so take note of the questions you are required to address for this assignment.
*Please note, you are expected to attend the trade shows in a time that suits you as we cannot go in scheduled class time
Design Made Trade:
Trade and Industry:
Thursday 21-Friday 22 July
Public: Sat 23rd & Sun 24th July 10-5pm
Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens

Furnitex: Dates & Open Hours
Thursday 21 July 9am - 5pm
Friday 22 July 9am - 5pm
Saturday 23 July 10am - 5pm
Sunday 24 July 10am - 4pm
Melbourne Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon Street, Southbank,
Melbourne, Australia
 25 July
week 4
 Sponsorship Letters
Analyse writing styles - group work on letter development.
Compiling sponsor lists - mail out

Sponsorship letter
task in class

Contacting sponsors, emailing, letter, cold calling
 Sponsorship letter due at the end of class and must be provided in electronic format
 1 August
week 5
 Prepare for Open Day Exhibition and fundraisers
Resource requirements are determined and sourced
Textile products are selected and prepared for exhibition
Relevant promotional material is prepared
Life In style 4th-7th of August
 8 August
week 6
 Prepare for Open Day Exhibition and
fundraiser s
Resource requirements are determined and sourced
Textile products are selected and prepared for exhibition. Relevant promotional material is prepared
 Sunday 14th August OPEN DAY
 15 August
week 7
Writing Artist statements, grant applications, professional photography, CV’s. Guest Speaker Tai Snaith 
 22 August
week 8
How to write a press release.
PR and Marketing, Guest Speaker Mark Madden
Relevant promotional material is prepared
 29 August
week 9
 Exhibition Analysis:
Group Presentation – Groups 1 – 4
 Assessment in class- presentation of exhibition analysis
SUBMIT report

 5 September

week 10

 Exhibition Analysis:
Group Presentation – Groups 5 – 8
 Assessment in class- presentation of exhibition analysis
SUBMIT report
 12 September
week 11
Completing artist statement finalizing submission for promotional package.

Allocated time for group work. Discuss September workshops, other fundraising options– resources, materials needed
All Artist statements and photographs to Design team

 19 September
week 12
 Visit to Moonee Valley TBC 
 September Break - Holiday workshops 
 10 October
week 13
Exhibition and marketing content is planned
Design Team to present first draft ideas on catalogue
Relevant promotional material is prepared
 17 October
week 14

 How to prepare - Exhibition submission proposals, hanging requirements.

Analyse previous exhibitions and various display techniques and determine exhibition requirements

 24 October
week 15
Applications for exhibitions –
Guest speaker TBC
Appropriate people are consulted to ensure plans are viable and that requirements can be met, and any planning issues are discussed and resolved
Applications are finalised ensuring that all obligations and considerations are addressed
31 October
week 16
Finalise, exhibition submission proposals and prepare for opening nights, exhibition schedule confirmed
 7 November
MARKING WEEK - SELECTION PANEL Textile products are selected and prepared for exhibition
Monday 21st  NovemberAll work to Moonee Valley
Tuesday 22nd NovemberOpening Night at Moonee Valley for Industry
Wednesday 23rd  NovemberFamily and Friends opening night at Moonee Valley 
Thursday 24th NovemberBump out from Moonee Valley 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Practical demonstration of competence will be in the form of carrying out set tasks and activities towards the planning of an exhibition, documentation of the exhibition process and the mounting of the exhibition.

Group discussion and collaboration of relevant issues will be required.

Students will be involved in peer assessment tasks and will be actively involved in determining the assessment criteria

Assessment Tasks

Group Assessment

Fundraising and Sponsorship 30%
Students are expected to work in teams to resource requirements and sponsorship for the event . Group and individual participation will be expected.
Assessment criteria will be determined by all students at the start of semester and final feedback will be presented in marking week.

Exhibition Analysis - group task 30%

Provide a PPT presentation and a printed summary of your findings. 
Each group must  visit 3 different venues where work is exhibited
a shop, that displays and sells textile products,
a gallery - this may include major galleries such as the NGV or smaller artist run spaces.
a trade show.

Please ensure  that you answer all the following questions
What is the difference between each venue ?
What is the purpose of each ?
Who is the intended audience?
What is the overall style ?
How may the above factors affect the choice of display methods ?

Include name of each venue and location
What is the process for application to the venue/ event ?

For each venue provide a brief description of the following information:
venue layout and how it is suited to the works on display
Use of lighting and props/stands etc.

Sumit  your report and include any catalogues, invitations or visual references you may have sourced.

You will presnt your findings in class.

Promotional package 40%

Package to include the following:
Artist’s statement
High quality photographs of work for catalogue and media releases.
300 dpi on CD or flash drive - Clearly labeled with your name, media, title of work.
Ability to meet deadlines.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

The Diploma of Arts (STDP & SPD) graduate exhibition has now been conducted for approximately 25 years.

The Diploma of Arts (Screen Print Design) joined this exhibition in 1995 and in 2010 Diploma of Textile Design and Development joined to make it a combined  event.

 This exhibition is intended to launch the graduates into the  design and arts Industry and the wider community. At the same time the exhibition should promote RMIT and the Textile Diplomas.

Rules and regulations:

  • The exhibition will be open to all graduating students - full time or part time
  • All work to be exhibited must be work that has been submitted for assessment.
  • All major areas of course work can be exhibited, ie. screen printing, textiles, paper or other mediums, weaving, machine knitting, tapestry, textile technology, drawing, design etc.
  • Work exhibited must be of the highest standard in design and technique.
  • Work to be exhibited must be submitted to a selection panel, consisting of a staff member from each subject area, as well as where possible, a representative of the industry.
  • Articles for exhibition must be in original condition.
  • Students exhibiting must participate in the following;
    fundraising and sponsorship
    providing mailing lists
    photograph works for catalogues
    concept design for invitations and event
    attending and promoting the exhibition at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition

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