Course Title: Introduction to Textile Design Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Textile Design Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Emma Lynas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to some of the materials, tools, techniques and processes employed by textile designers in practice. You will engage in short studio projects to creatively explore ways of working and thinking through design ideas. You will learn how to interpret and translate your design concepts into textile samples and surfaces using appropriate tools, materials and techniques.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

PLO1: Demonstrate broad knowledge of textile design creation and production with depth and expertise in one or more areas of practice.

PLO2: Develop conceptual, creative, technical and digital skills to deepen and synthesise knowledge of textile design applications and technologies.

PLO3: Apply design skills and knowledge to examine, analyse and creatively respond to contemporary issues in both local and global textile production.

PLO6: Communicate and present design concepts using a diverse range of presentation mediums and materials in industry specific and broader design contexts. 

Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO1: Apply a variety of industry relevant textile design techniques to generate and communicate textile design concepts.

CLO2: Create design ideas, employing principles such as colour, texture, motif, pattern, and basic repeat systems.

CLO3: Interpret and refine collected inspiration and design development using varied textile design methods.

CLO4: Respond to and work within the parameters of a design brief.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of face-to-face and online activities that require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities encourage you to: explore, investigate, analyse and understand the many and varied facets of textile design practice.

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.

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

  You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome. They are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: Folio of Practical Experimentation (50%) CLO 1, CLO 2 and CLO 4

Assessment Task 2: Resolution and Presentation (50%) CLO 1, CLO 2, CLO 3 and CLO 4

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.