Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: VART6450C

Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4404 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Betty Kanzurovski

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9232

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ana Petidis


Nominal Hours: 100

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

In this course you will explore and analyse how elements and principles of designs, colour, production processes as well as historical and contemporary influence can be used in the development of your textile design ideas.

This course consists of 2 Units of Competency that are clustered together for delivery and assessment. The other  unit of Competency in this clustered course is:

MSTTD4012 Analyse use of colour in textiles

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTD4007 Analyse textile design influences


1. Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)

1.2 Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times

1.3 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs

1.4 Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2. Analyse key influences on textile designs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify significant historical events that have influenced textile design and analyse their effects

2.2 Identify significant cultural influences on the development of textile design and analyse their effects

2.3 Analyse contemporary influences on textile design

2.4 Identify characteristics represented in textiles

2.5 Analyse changes to production processes, including the effects of new and emerging technologies on textile designs


3. Identify features of the design process

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify steps in responding to a design brief

3.2 Identify commercial considerations in producing a design

3.3 Identify elements of design

3.4 Identify principles of design


4. Source information on textile designs and products

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify possible sources of information on textile designs and products and determine means of accessing information

4.2 Use information gathering tools according to workplace procedures

4.3 Assess information for reliability to inform design processes


5. Analyse textile construction techniques

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify purpose and key features of textile product

5.2 Describe desired effects of design features

5.3 Describe production techniques applied to create design features

5.4 Identify use of production techniques in contemporary designs


6. Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Investigate colour and identify dimensions

6.2 Identify relationship between value and intensity and paint a colour chart

6.3 Prepare colour wheel and shade scale according to colour mixing principles

6.4 Implement colour matching of garment and garment items for production

6.5 Inspect colour charts or check against quality standards and make any changes or adjustments, as required

6.6  Complete documentation relating to colour charts


7. Analyse influences on future directions in textiles

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Identify new or emerging textiles and examine features, benefits and likely uses


7.2 Analyse trends and influences to identify possible changes in textile production and demand


7.3 Identify and access sources of information relating to future directions and innovations in textile design to maintain currency of industry knowledge


7.4 Present research information using industry appropriate presentation, communication tools and formats

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 identify the principles and elements of design and colour. You will be able to undertake research on how production processes, emerging technology, historical and contemporary textile designs can influence textile designs and interpret the influences as part of your own design process. You will also be able to present your findings in appropriate formats following current industry practices.

Details of Learning Activities

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to analyse and apply influences on design, production and colour characteristics in the textile design process. A range of learning activities have been designed to allow you to demonstrate competency:

  • Class exercises to review lectures
  • Practical demonstrations in studio
  • Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • Colour and design activities
  • Group discussion and activities
  • Excursions
  • Research
  • Independent project based work
  • Class presentations

Teaching Schedule


Learning Activity





Introduction to unit, assessments and criteria

Significant historical, cultural and contemporary influences on textiles

Brief Assessment 1 & 2

Library tour






Safe work practices

The design process

Design elements and principles




Design analysis and features

Colour theory: Dimensions and characteristics

Tonal scales

Assessment 2 Observation Checklist

(assessment during class time)


Colour theory: Dimensions and characteristics

Colour wheels

Colour charts




Colour theory: Visual and optical effects

Colour schemes

Colour proportion

Brief Assessment 3




Analysis of colour usage

Confirm topics for Assessment 3

Schedule Assessment 3 presentation date and time


Assessment 2 Written Questions due


Colour matching for textiles

Research for Assessment 3



Colour forecasting

Trend investigation



Future directions

Smart and techno textiles




Contemporary textile designers




Assessment 3 Research report due

Assessment 3 Presentation

(during class time)



Assessment 3 Presentation

(during class time)



Assessment 3 Presentation

(during class time)


Studio time to complete Assessment 1





Review of contemporary designers

Possible studio/exhibition outing or visit from a contemporary textile designer


Assessment 1 Visual Diary due


Assessment feedback and housekeeping




Note - While all course content in this schedule will be covered, the weekly order may change depending on the class needs and availability of resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Harris, J 2004, 5000 years of textiles, British Museum, London.

Schoeser, M 2003, World textiles: a concise history, Thames and Hudson, London.

Gillow, J & Sentence, B 1999, World textiles: a visual guide, Little, Brown and Company, Boston.

Jenkins, D 2002, The Cambridge history of western textiles, Cambridge University Press, New York.

Boucher, F 1987, A history of costume in the west, Thames and Hudson, London.

Stappmanns, V & McEoin, E 2006, The Melbourne design Guide, Pub Lab.3000.

Phyland, J & De Silva, J 2006, Handmade in Melbourne, Pud GSP Books.

Jackson, L 2011, 20th century pattern design: textile wallpaper pioneers, Princeton Architectural Press.
Meller, S & Elffers, J 1991, Textile designs: Two hundred years of European and American patterns for printed fabrics organized by motif, style, color, layout and period, Harry N. Abrams.

Phillips, P & Bunce G 1992, Repeat patterns: a manual for designers, artists and architects, Thames and Hudson.

Callender, J 2012, 2000 pattern combinations for graphic, textile and craft designers, Batsford.

Russell, A 2011, The fundamentals of printed textile design, AVA Publishing.

WGSN 2017, Trend forecasting, WGSN, viewed 22 January 2017,

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

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

There are 3 Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Visual Diary, Due Week 15

The visual diary contains 24 tasks exploring and analysing colour and design in textiles. The majority of tasks are designed to be completed during class time.


Assessment Task 2: Observation Checklist, Due Week 3 (in class)

Assessment Task 2: Written Questions, Due Week 6 (via Canvas)

This is a two-part assessment. The Observational Checklist will be assessed in class during week 3. The Written Questions are to be completed in your own time and is due at the beginning of class during Week 6.


Assessment Task 3: Research and Presentation, Due Week 11 (presentations scheduled during class week 11, 12 and 13)

This is a two-part assessment. You will choose a textile art, design or technique. Based on your research and analysis you will produce a 2-page report and deliver a 10-minute audio-visual presentation.


You must complete each task to a satisfactory level to be deemed competent. Please refer to the assessment briefs which are available via Canvas for full assessment criteria. This unit is assessed with Unit MSTTD4007.

You will receive feedback and results from your teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task via Canvas.

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. Results are:

CA: Competency Achieved

NYC: Not Yet Competent

DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

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

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


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 requires 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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