Course Title: Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MANU5922C

Course Title: Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 992599201

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam

Nominal Hours: 60

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

This course is delivered as part of a teaching cluster. Students must ensure they are concurrently enrolled in MANU 5921C Produce Screen Printed Textiles

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare stencils and screens for textile printing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4013A Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing


1 Interpret stencil requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Design specifications are analysed and discussed with appropriate personnel to confirm stencil requirements.
1.2 Desired effects of screen printing are identified and appropriate conversion technique selected to achieve required design outcome
1.3 Workstations, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work and OH&S practices
1.4 Layouts are accurately prepared and labeled
1.5 Media is selected to prepare stencils
1.6 Stencils are completed and checked against design


2 Prepare Screens

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Screen types and mesh are selected for appropriate substrates
2.2 Screens are prepared for stencil process and checked against quality standards
2.3 Stencil masters are exposed according to industry specifications
2.4 Screen images are developed, dried and finished


3 Test screens and stencil quality

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Strike off is printed and checked against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met
3.2 Screen and stencil faults are identified and causes determined
3.3 Modifications to screens are applied using appropriate techniques, processes and materials
3.4 Screens are completed and prepared for production process
3.5 Outcomes are examined and checked against specifications with
appropriate personnel

Learning Outcomes

Completion of this course will  enable students to demonstrate skills and knowledge to:
• analyse design specifications and interpret production requirements
• identify and address faults
• determine requirements of design and conversion to print
• make minor adjustments to equipment
• use printing techniques to achieve design effects
• recognise and apply stencil application for image use, design and printing techniques
• evaluate own work and conduct quality checks

Details of Learning Activities

This course is delivered in a studio / workshop that simulates industry working environment

A range of learning activities, projects  and tasks have been designed to allow students to demonstrate competency.

Please note - not all learning activities are assessment tasks, participants will be advised well in advance if an assessment is taking place.


Teaching Schedule


 Learning activities:                                                                                                                                                            
 1.Overview of unit. Assessment, Learning activities, technical file, studio practice and tour of facilities. 
 2OHS Induction 
 3 Characteristics of stencil and screen types,  printing processes and practices, different types of screens and meshes 

Prepare stencils


Testing stencils.
Workstations, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work and OH&S practices. Finishing, drying, evaluate and conduct quality check.

 6 Pack up workstation, clean studio, correct storage,OH&S 
 7Print paste media - what is it, how is mixed, chemical structure, properties, using pigment media 
 8Pigment printing processes, heat setting and testing samples 
 9Media is selected to prepare stencils 
 10 Screens are prepared for stencil process and checked against quality standards 
 11Stencil masters are exposed according to industry specifications, Screen images are developed, dried and finished 
 12 Strike off is printed and checked against design specifications to ensure quality standards are met 
 13 Expose screens, times, operate equipment, wash out, possible problems that can occur are discussed
Workstation set up, strike off, testing stencils. Use printing techniques to achieve design effects
 14Specialist inks and foil, samples, heat setting, care requirements, printing on dark grounds, using the heat press.
Testing opaques and speciality binders with photographic stencils
 15Outcomes are examined and checked against specifications with appropriate personnel 

 Final housekeeping, finalise all printing, reclaim screens, correct storage, compilation of technical file.


  Final Assessment due 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

McNamara,Andrea and Snelling,Patrick (1995)
Design and Practice for Printed Textiles
Oxford University Press Melbourne, Australia

Joyce,Carol (1993)
Textile Design
Watson Guptill Publications
New York, USA

Phillips,Peter and Bruce,Gillian (1993)
Repeat Patterns
Thames and Hudson Ltd

Fisher,Richard and Wolfthal,Dorothy (1987)
Textile Print Design
Fairchild Publications

Adam, Robert and Robertson, Carol (2003)
Screen Printing the complete water based system
Thames and Hudson Inc., 500Fifth Avenue,
New York, New York 10110


Other Resources

Many materials used in this course will be covered by a materials fee and will be provided in studio sessions for example- fabric, paper, pigment, binder, photographic emulsion, film etc.

Your are required to provide the following tools and equipment.

• 30 cm steel ruler
• Set square
• Sharp scissors
• Glue stick
• Cutting knife with replaceable blades
• Pacer
• Fine liners
• A3 size visual diary
• Brushes – round 00, 1, 3, 6, 10
• Chinagraph pencil
• Black permanent marker
• 1 pair of household rubber gloves ( from supermarket)

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. Technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, written tests, practical problem solving exercises and practical tests. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including:

Group task
Completion of learning activities
Process Documentation worksheets
OHS Questionnaire
Studio Practice Checklists
Trouble shooting quiz  and observatioanal checklist

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks:

  • Technical file
  • Prepare photographic stencils and screens
  • Prepare stencils and screens quiz

Detailed Assessment requirements will be provided in class with each assessment task.

Submission items and tasks for this course will be assessed as:
CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not yet Competent

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

 This unit is studio based, incorporating some theory and many practical exercises. The exercises will enable participants to gain a sound understanding of basic processes and techniques associated with preparing and testing stencils and screens.


You are required to wear flat fully covered shoes, and a lab coat when working in the print workshop. You will also be required to use  masks, goggles and ear protection when undertaking certain tasks.

Study and learning Support:
Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development
Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:
Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:
Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.
Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.
Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:
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