Course Title: Textile Surface Transformations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Surface Transformations

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
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

In this course you will engage in and explore conceptual and technical methods applicable to the design of surface embellishment for textile surfaces. You will learn about design composition, colour, texture, pattern, hybrid processes through combining materials and artisan craft techniques, language, and finishing processes specific to surface embellishment of textiles.

Through material play and iterative ideation you will develop textile design concepts, fabric outcomes, and support materials to communicate your concepts. You will also gain an overview of contemporary, cultural and historical perspectives of textile surface practices to inform your design direction.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

As this is a program option course, only Course Learning Outcomes are applicable.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO1: Identify and discuss contemporary, cultural and historical examples of textile surface design. 

CLO2: Demonstrate skills and knowledge specific to the surface embellishment of textiles that combine artisan craft techniques.

CLO3: Create textile surface design concepts.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated through in-class and self-paced activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities promote your ability to explore design, investigate, analyse and understand 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.

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: Folio of Practical Experimentations (50%)
CLOs: 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Concept Project (50%)
CLOs: 1, 2 & 3

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.