Course Title: Apply design studio processes to meet client brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: GRAP5249C

Course Title: Apply design studio processes to meet client brief

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6089 - Advanced 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

Ginny Yarton  

Travis Hart  

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

The unit requires integration of skills across the design process and focuses on the production of a fashion design to meet a client brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD5017B Apply design studio processes to meet client brief


1. Confirm design brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Client needs and objectives are discussed and clarified
with client.
1.2 Purposes of design, final product and end user
expectations are identified.
1.3 Parameters and design criteria are established and
agreed upon.
1.4 Specifications of design brief are confirmed.
1.5 Communication requirements and channels are agreed


10. Present finished product to client

Performance Criteria:

10.1 Finished product is prepared for presentation to client.
10.2 Accessories, fabric examples and components are
selected to convey range and style options of design.
10.3 Model is selected as required.
10.4 Finished product is presented to client.
10.5 Client response is received and assessed for
improvement opportunities.
10.6 Product is assessed for further production opportunities.


2. Research information to guide design process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant information is identified and accessed to guide
design and production process.
2.2 Characteristics of target market are identified.
2.3 Relevant products previously developed by the enterprise
are identified and reviewed in terms of range, style,
construction, price points.
2.4 Information is analysed and applied to design concept
development and production.
2.5 Any additional expertise required for project is identified.
2.6 Information sources on design techniques and processes
used to achieve desired effects, are accessed and used
as required throughout design and development


3. Develop and refine design concept

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Preliminary concept options are identified and discussed
with client or workplace design team.
3.2 Options are evaluated against design brief specifications.
3.3 Principles and elements of design are applied to design
3.4 Criterion and selectionprocesses are used to refine
concept options.


4. Experiment with design concepts

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Preliminary concepts are scoped out using sketches,
illustrations, models, samples, fibres and fabrics.
4.2 Evaluation of design concepts is conducted by self and
others using selected criteria and processes.
4.3 Feedback and analysis is assessed for potential to
improve design concept.
4.4 Further experimentation is used to develop design
4.5 Design concepts are selected for presentation to client.


5. Present design concept to client

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Communication tools are used to present design
concept to client.
5.2 Features and benefits of design concepts are presented to
5.3 Presentation skills are used to promote acceptance of
design concept.
5.4 Client response is assessed and considered.
5.5 Design concept is modified and improved where possible.


6. Scope production requirements

Performance Criteria:

All components required for production are identified.
6.2 Technical aspects of production are identified.
6.3 Specification sheet is completed to guide production.
6.4 Resources and production requirements are identified and
6.5 Production plan is developed to guide production.
6.6 Plan is discussed and confirmed with client.


7. Develop design pattern

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Pattern base is selected to meet design brief.
7.2 Pattern base is modified to create patterns that meet
design requirements and specifications.
7.3 Pattern is made according to industry standards ,
including industry markings and lay plans.
7.4 Toile is created to test accuracy of pattern and design
7.5 Pattern is confirmed against design specifications.


8. Produce fashion product

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Workplace is prepared according to OHS practices .
8.2 Materials and resources are prepared.
8.3 Fabric is cut according to pattern directions.
8.4 Product is sewn according to specifications.
8.5 Product is finished according to specifications.


9. Evaluate and analyse design and production processes

Performance Criteria:

9.1 Finished item is assessed against design specifications
and design brief.
9.2 Design result is analysed and evaluated to identify
opportunities for improvement and required changes to
design or production techniques.
9.3 Production process is evaluated to identify opportunities
for improvement.
9.4 Process and improvements are documented.

Learning Outcomes

On sucesssful completion of this courses students will develop the required skills and nowledge required in problem solving, planning and organising and initiative and enterprise to develop a design and produce a fashion design product. Communication skills are required to interpret requirements, conduct research, develop supporting documentation such as patterns and present design concepts to clients. Self management and learning skills are used to explore, evaluate and review design processes used.

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning, consisting of classroom activities, self directed research and practical workshops. Self-directed research is an integral part of this holistic project. Out of class time for this project is around 20 hours a week. Students are to be reminded that this is a full time course.
The project has been sectioned into three parts, however each part has several tasks each with their own individual due dates, for more detailed information on each task please see individual task sheets. This is to assist orderly planning for all aspects of the project. Completion of the project on time to a satisfactory level is part of the assessment. Overcoming unforseen circumstances and problem solving are an interracial part of project management.
The student must complete each section relating to the overall project. The student must pass each task in order to be deemed competent and be able to gain a passing grade for the project.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
Introduction to projects - PART A, B & C
Vision / direction of niche market
Research trend forecast
Introduction / review to Gerber
Pattern skill development
Week 2 - 3
Pattern skill development
Start business plan
Continue research and trend forecast
Generate and develop concepts / ideas
Design skill development
Fabric sourcing and testing
Gerber skill development
CAD skill development
Production skill development / block fitting
Week 4 – 5
Block development
Block fitting
Continue business plan
Develop concept / refine ideas
Design skill development
CAD skill development
Pattern idea experimentation
Fabric / embellishment testing
Start patterns for final sample garments
Begin costing
Week 6 – 7
Finalise blocks
Toile and experimentation
Start pattern for final
Continue business plan
Develop designs
CAD begin final presentation boards
Fabric / embellishment testing
Continue costing
Week 8 – 9
Pattern development
Toile and experimentation
Develop designs
Design skill development
CAD skill development
Pattern idea experimentation
Fabric / embellishment testing
Start pattern for final
Cut final
Start production of final sample garments
Continue costing
Finalise business plan due week 8
Week 10
Continue on all aspects of holistic project
Part A final patterns complete
Week 11
Continue on all aspects of holistic project
Week 12
Continue on all aspects of holistic project
Business plan review and reflection
Week 13
Continue on all aspects of holistic project
Part A - garments and patterns due
Week 14
Continue on all aspects of holistic project
Week 15
Part A graded patterns due
Part B final patterns due
Part B & C final storey boards due
Week 16
Presentation of all projects to teaching staff

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Extensive use of school and faculty library incluing use of internet , periodicals and trade magazines.

Further to this students are to also look at, assess, review and analysise current market trends, and final instore garment presentation (design, construction and finish is to be considered).

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

Part A – Small business proposal. This section applies skills associated with guiding the development of fashion product designs to meet client and business goals and strategies. Work may be applied for own processes or to direct activities of others. You are guided through the process of researching and selecting a viable fashion business proposition in a niche market area that you’d like to pursue. An economically sound Business Plan underpins the Course and your chosen fashion concept is completed through the production of a small look range or collection of prototype garments. The choice of garments should encapsulate the concept of the niche market area.
To successfully complete this section you must include: 

 Proof of research into design choice
 Design boards (inclusive of fabric swatches and colour choice)
 Correct technical diagrams complete with supporting specifications
 Garment cost sheets
 Justification of fabric choice by providing proof of appropriate fabric testing.
 Pattern drafts
 Garment toile’s’ and experimental component work
 Final patterns
 Computer graded patterns and fabric estimates based on proposed production information
 Completed final garments
Further information relating to section task please see the appropriate task sheet

Part B – Viability: Competition Garment. This highly creative section of the project and has a strong focus on experimental design processes and students are guided on how to respond to a complex design brief. After browsing the many fashion competitions on offer, you choose and enter one. A catwalk creation is produced based on the niche market developed in part A. The cat walk garment is to be highly detailed and contains advanced construction processes. Competition is to be the individual’s choice and the resulting garment(s) must meet the competition criteria.
To successfully complete this section you must include:
 Proof of research into design choice
 Design boards (inclusive of fabric swatches and colour choice)
 Correct technical diagrams complete with supporting specifications

Assessment Matrix

Pattern making Task
Garment Production Task
Support Documentation Task
Confirm design briefX   
Research information to guide design processX   
Develop and refine design conceptXXX 
Experiment with design conceptsX   
Present design concept to clientX  X
Scope production requirements XXX
Develop design patternXX  
Produce fashion product XX 
Evaluate and analyse design and production processesXX X
Present finished product to clientX XX

Other Information

Refer to individual task sheets (as handed out in class) for further details and information.

Learners are expected to conduct relevant research outside of school hours (a minimum of 20 hours per week). This includes visiting fashion enterprises and sourcing information online. Learners continue working on their project during non-teacher directed time.

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