Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: VART6339C

Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4218 - Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Julia Raath  +61 3 99259201

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas. It does not relate to drawing as an art form.

This course is delivered concurrently with Develop Drawing Skills (VART6340C) and Development of Textile Designs (VART 5904C).

Please ensure you are enrolled in all courses.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD301A Produce drawings to communicate ideas


1. Plan drawing work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore drawing requirements with reference to relevant reference material and appropriate people when required
1.2 Identify factors that may impact on how drawing work is undertaken
1.3 Gather information about drawing techniques, materials and equipment from a range of sources and determine how they may be used to communicate ideas
1.4 Evaluate information for its application to specific drawing briefs


2. Experiment to represent ideas


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the capabilities of techniques, materials and equipment through exploration
2.2 Select approaches that best suit the purpose of drawings and their presentation context
2.3 Follow safety procedures for particular techniques, materials and equipment


3. Create drawings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise materials, tools and equipment for selected techniques
3.2 Produce preliminary drawings and discuss their effectiveness with relevant people
3.3 Finalise drawings, incorporating feedback on work in progress as required
3.4 Prepare drawings for the presentation context

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This is  a studio based course. On completion you will be able to apply

  •  skills and knowledge required to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas 
  • communication skills to impart information through drawing
  • learning skills to improve own drawing technique through feedback and experimentation
  • literacy skills to interpret varied information about drawing as a visual representation tool
  • numeracy skills to:
    • determine layout issues
    • calculate measurements 
  • organisation of  resources
  • preparation of  drawings for presentation
  • problem-solving skills to select drawing techniques that best meet project needs
  • technical skills to use a range of drawing techniques.

Learning activities will  include;

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• practical demonstrations
• design and drawing  activities or projects
• group projects
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Date Week starting Week Learning Activity                                                                                                                                                    

Independent study                                                                         

Assessments Due                                                                       

Feb 8 1

Introduction to course and assessment, OHS Studio Practice
Project Botanica. Briefing
Purpose of textile product is clarified and impact on design requirements analysed.

 Visual Diary Task

Research floral textiles and   market  sectors.

Collect images for mood boards.Images and flowers to be brought to session 3

Flowers to be brought to session 2


15 2

Design Brief 1  Botanica Part A

 Select images Mood Board  Purpose, application, colour 

  • Trends in yarns and raw materials used in similar textile products are researched. Colour pallettes reviewed
  • Colour pallettes reviewed
  • Setting up work stations, professional practice in studio Drawing flowers
Collection of images and research flowers and florals.
Selection of trend colour palette
All images for mood boards, scanned or filed digitally.
22 3

Drawing - Flowers introduction
• Set up a safe work space
• Explore preliminary design concepts through drawing 

 Start Drawing Folio 
March 7 5

Creating patterns and developing croquis.
Florals, stylization drawing flowers, Introducing colour - ink washes, wax resist, Illustration techniques
Gouache, Tonal rendering, Wax scratch back,
Review OHS

 Drawing Folio 
14 6

Sample textile product is developed Translation Drawing to design

  • Translation Drawing to designRepeats systems and design layouts - using grids, graph and tracing paper and accurate drawing techniques.
  • Block repeat (Swiss), Half drop, Spot Sateen, reflect and rotate.
  • Review design layouts- what is a layout ?
  • Principles of design and elements of design are applied to development of design ideas.


 Technical Drawing



Checklist 1  

21 7
24–30 March Mid-semester break* Easter 31 March Classes resume (Thursday) 




Apr 4 8

Collection development – Coordinates
• Purpose of textile product is clarified and design requirements and constraints are determined from brief
• Trends in yarns and raw materials used in similar textile products are researched.
• Technical requirements associated with textile production 

Project 1 Part A Botanica Individual Feedback


 Final Mood Board completed and ready to be used in Weave and Knit Classes – Colour matching yarns.

Stage 1 Individual Feedback

April 11 9Geometrics, rendering techniques surface design, weave simulations, textures.Project 1 Part A Botanica  Individual  Feedback 
18 10

Drawing and Mark making collection development style selection
Collection Development - Principles and elements of design are applied  




25 11

• Design ideas are examined against design brief and design selected for further development.
• Design details are documented  

  Technical drawing


May 2 12 Repeat systems - Half drop and Brick repeat , placements
• Designing coordinates
• Select approaches that best suit the purpose of drawings and their presentation context 
 Drawing folio Preparations 
9 13Paint up and rendering Technical repeats  
16 14Paint up and rendering Quality and specifications  Preparation for presentations
23 15Presentation to Panel and Peers and Industry panel Presentation techniques

Part A and B   Final Submissions

Due 8am Wednesday 18th May
30 16Students to collect submissions Individual Feedback Sessions by appointment  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

 These tools will be used in several courses.

  • Set of lead pencils; H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B
  •  Black fine liner pens; 0.2 mm and 0.5 mm
  • Black permanent marker
  • Eraser
  • Glue stick
  • 30 cm steel ruler and plastic set square
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Cutting knife with replaceable blades
  • A selection of papers for drawing  A3 Cartridge  Sketch Book
  • Variety of paint brushes, round size; 00, 1, 3, 6, 10. You will also find chisel brushes useful. Acrylic brushes available in local $2 shops are quite satisfactory. Pure Sable brushes are expensive, but one or two can be a good investment.
  •  Set of gouache paints*  See information provided in design class.
  • Visual Diary (A4 or A3 is recommended)
  • Technical notebooks / folders – teachers will advise you will need one for each practical class.
  • Pen and paper/notebook/digital alternative, for writing notes

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course you must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each element in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.A range of assessment methods will be used to assess practical skills and knowledge including:
• direct observation of the development of drawings
• evaluation of drawings in terms of their effectiveness in communicating ideas
• questioning and discussion about your  intentions and the work outcome
• review of portfolios of evidence.

Assessment methods reflect workplace practice.

Holistic assessment with  LMTTD4009A Assist in the development of textile designs VART 5904C 
                                                CUVDRA201A Develop Drawing Skills VART 6340C  will occur during the semester.

Assessment Tasks

To achieve competency you must successfully complete all assessment tasks. You will be provided with detailed project briefs which are also available on Blackboard C4218 

Project 1 Botanica

Part A CA / NYC Visual Diary and A3  Drawing Folio  Feedback Week  8 and 9
Part B Drawing  Graded                        Due Week 15




Observational Checklist CA / NYC Due Week 9

Assessment Matrix


Project 1 Botanica Part A

Project 1 Botanica Part B

Observational Checklit

Plan drawing work
Experiment to represent ideas                                      xx 

Create Drawings
 x                            x                                


Other Information

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher/tutor/lecturer on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT :

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1 (unresolved)

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :

Penalties for late assessment
Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension will be penalised as follows:
- Complete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark
- Partial or incomplete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark for the entire assessable work
- Work submitted after day 7 will be awarded an NN grade and 0% mark
- Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty
- Where a due date includes a specific time for submission or presentation, submissions after that time on the due date incur a 5% penalty.

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