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

Course Coordinator: Ms 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 introduces you to textile design practice. You will creatively explore ways of working and thinking through drawing, material play and iterative ideation to develop 2D and 3D textile design concepts. 

You will explore design composition, colour, texture, motif, pattern, and basic repeat systems. Through an iterative design process of investigation and refinement, you will learn how to interpret and translate your fabric concepts into textile samples. In doing so, you will be introduced to a range of practices such as print, knit, weave, and surface design. 

You will engage in short studio projects and critique to gradually build skills and confidence in using the design process to explore your own design responses and outcomes.

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.

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: Demonstrate how to interpret and translate concepts into a range of textile design practices.

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 in-class and online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities promote your ability to explore design, investigate, analyse and understand textile 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.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students. 

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles Subject Guides for more information. 

The library also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.

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: Design Concepts (20%)
CLOs: 4 

Assessment Task 2: Folio of Practical Experimentation (40%)  
CLOs: 1, 2, & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Textile Samples (40%)
CLOs: 3 &  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.