Course Title: Develop drawing skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: VART6457C

Course Title: Develop drawing skills

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4390 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will explore the different processes, techniques, equipment and materials available to assist you to sketch and draw your design ideas to create textile designs and appropriate methods for presenting your designs. You will develop drawing skills to allow you to create textile designs and products according to a specified brief.

This course consists of 3 Units of Competency that are clustered together for delivery and assessment. The other two units of Competency in this clustered course are:

CUVACD301A Produce drawings to communicate ideas

MSTTD4009 Assist in the development of textile designs

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADRA201 Develop drawing skills


1. Prepare drawing resources

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and obtain drawing tools, equipment and materials 1.2 Prepare tools, equipment and materials according to workplace procedures and safety requirements 1.3 Set up a safe work space with guidance from key people


2. Use and test drawing techniques

Performance Criteria:

2.1 View a range of drawings in different styles and discuss with others how effects are achieved 2.2 Match potential techniques to the ideas for the work with the assistance of key people 2.3 Test nominated techniques to determine the effects they achieve 2.4 Safely use selected techniques to produce drawings 2.5 Calculate correct quantities of materials required and minimise waste where possible 2.6 Clean and store tools, equipment and materials according to safety requirements and specific needs of different items


3. Make plans to develop skills

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Seek feedback on drawing work from key people 3.2 Respond positively to feedback and identify key areas for improvement 3.3 Review different opportunities to build own skills and select suitable options

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements and performance Criteria. You will be able to draw textile designs to visually represent your preliminary design concepts using different mediums. You will refine these drawings and design concepts to create and present a range of textile design products to meet the brief and to communicate your ideas, using appropriate techniques, equipment and materials.

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities that will be undertaken in this course include:

  • Research
  • Exploration of different drawing techniques and mediums
  • Class exercises
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Design activities or projects
  • Peer teaching and class presentations
  • Independent project based work
  • Peer/ Lecturer feedback
  • Final folio of a range of drawings
  • Final folio of a range of hand drawn textile repeats

Teaching Schedule



Week 1

Feb 5th

Observational drawing.

Introduction to visual research, studio practice, drawing, OH&S.

Introduction to Assessments 1 & 2

Week 2

Feb 12th

Observational drawing.

Mark-making session – point, texture, pattern

Week 3

Feb 19th

Observational drawing.

Ink session – line and form

Week 4

Feb 26th

Observational drawing.

Charcoal session – tone and volume

Review of observational drawing diary and development of skill development plan.

Week 5

March 5th

Observational drawing.

Mark making and layering


Week 6

March 12th

Observational drawing.

Composition, collage and mixed media session – texture, hierarchy, rhythm, variety, harmony and unity

Week 7

March 19th

Observational drawing.

Watercolour, ink, water and layering session – colour, movement, emphasis


Week 8

March 26th

Observational drawing.

Oblique strategies – experimental drawing session using Brian Eno’s oblique strategies for combating creative block.


Week 9

April 9th

Observational drawing.

Introduction to project 3.

Research for project 3 and product development

Week 10

March 16th

Observational drawing.

Presentation of ideas. Motif development

Week 11

March 23rd

Observational drawing.

Creating repeat systems with photocopies.

Week 12

May 1st

Observational drawing.

Finalising motifs and drawing repeat systems.

Week 13

May 7th

Observational drawing.

Drawing repeat systems.

Week 14


Observational drawing.

Hand drawing final designs onto storyboard images.

Week 15

May 21st

Submission of all assessments.

Week 16

May 28th


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Meller, Susan Effers Joost, 1991, Textile Designs: 200 Years of Patterns, Thames and Hudson, London.

Dexter, Emma (ed), 2004, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon

Kovats, Tania (ed), 2005, The Drawing Book: A Survey of Drawing: The Primary Means of Expression, Black Dog Publishing

TRACEY, 2008, Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, I.B.Tauris


Overview of Assessment



This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments.
Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:
CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

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 which are available for review online:



Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1

Observational Drawing Diary

Every class we will be spending the first 30 minutes practising observational drawing skills. In week four, the drawings so far will be reviewed and students will identify which specific drawing skills they would like to develop, so that we can work together to develop a plan to consciously develop drawing skills. We will be using a variety of media, such as charcoal, gouache, ink, pen, pencil, and pastel.


Assessment 2

Drawing Folio

Students will build up a portfolio of a variety of drawing styles and techniques. After undertaking research into contemporary drawing and collecting source material, students will participate in in-class activities to develop a broad portfolio exploring various forms of mark-making, abstract and representational drawing, rendering, composition and experimental drawing techniques.


Assessment 3

Repeat Designs

Using the drawings developed throughout the semester, students will isolate elements to use and translate into motifs for textile designs. These motifs will be photocopied and transformed into various repeat systems, and then used as the basis for a finished, hand drawn textile design range.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration (or Program Coordinator)

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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