Course Title: Textile Design, Colour and Surface

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Design, Colour and Surface

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Verity Prideaux

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9245

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2863 Screen Printed Textile Design

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. 


Course Description

In this course you will engage in and explore conceptual and technical methods of textile dyeing and colouration practices for the design of textiles. You will learn about colouration practices through exploring materials and fibre, plant based and synthetic dyeing techniques, colour and finishing while working with both hand and applied processes as well as new technologies.  

You will also explore image making, motif, texture, pattern, composition and repeat as well as range building and colourways. Through techniques, material play and iterative ideation you will develop design concepts, outcomes and support materials to communicate your concepts.You will also gain an overview of contemporary, cultural, historical and sustainable perspectives of textile dyeing and colouration 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, historical and sustainable examples of textile design colouration practice.

CLO2: Demonstrate skills and knowledge through the investigation of materials and fibre, colouration with dye, surface design elements, finishing and range building.

CLO3: Create dyed textile design concepts.

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 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. 

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 website. 

Overview of Assessment

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:Contextual Investigation (20%) 
CLO: 1 

Assessment Task 2: Swatch experimentation & practice (40%)
CLOs: 1 & 2 

Assessment Task 3: Textile, colour & surface concept (40%)
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.