Course Title: Textile Design Studio - Surface

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Design Studio - Surface

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Emma Lynas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513.01.003

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.  For further information refer to the RMIT Course Requisites Policy.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the creative and practical skills required for studio based surface design and translation to fabric using digital and analogue methods. At the end of the semester you will be able to design and execute artwork in repeat using traditional media – and be able to communicate your design ideas using digital presentation methods.  You will have explored both digital (surface) textile design methods / flatbed screen printing processes and be able to communicate to lecturers, technical support officers and peers using appropriate surface textile design terminology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Examine, analyse and evaluate theoretical and practical principles, emerging trends and issues pertinent to textile design and related industries
  • Investigate, synthesis, design and apply principles of textile design, technologies and materials and processes to create original textile based concepts and outcomes
  • Demonstrate technical and creative skills, critical thinking when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts for textile, fashion and other design contexts

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Investigate and discuss concepts and design principles for printed textiles
  • Create artwork using a range of media and illustration techniques for printed textiles
  • Design and develop a range of coordinating croquis and fabric swatches
  • Identify and describe suitable fabrics, production processes and finishings for surface patterned textiles
  • Apply occupational health and safety (OH&S) and responsible practice in the studio and print workshop
  • Document technical resources and processes for printed textiles

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures / demonstrations, class based activities or online notes / tutorials.  There will be opportunities to discuss the brief and requirements during individual and group tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.   A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. The University Library has extensive resources for textile 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

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.  This course has been developed in reference to the BATD assessment guide available through MyStudies – Canvas.   Please refer to the guide in order to familiarise yourself with program assessment methods. At the beginning of each project you will receive a copy of the: brief, teaching schedule and assessment rubric. The rubric should be consulted regularly, as it allows you to self assess and manage your progress. It will be used by your course lecturer/s to assess your project work upon completion.   You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes for this course and on your development against the program learning outcomes.   Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.   If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: