Course Title: Design and produce printed textiles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: MANU7227C

Course Title: Design and produce printed textiles

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Libby Noblet  email; ph; 03 99259421

Douglas Mcmanus email; ph; 03 9925 9201

Julia Raath email; ph; 03 9925 9201

Lucy Adam email;  ph; 03 9925 9421

Nominal Hours: 120

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 apply complex textile printing techniques and processes when interpreting and responding to a specified design brief.

The student will have completed  Produce Screen Printed Textiles (MANU5921C) before enrolling in this class.

Students need to have completed or enrol in Develop Textile Designs Using Computers (ISYS 7569C) whilst studying this course.

This course is delivered concurrently (clustered) with LMTGN3002B, Organise and Plan Own Work (MANU5919C).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5005A Design and produce printed textiles


1. Develop print design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Design brief is interpreted and requirements and specifications are analysed to determine parameters for printed textile.
1.2 Dyes or pigments, colours and fabric substrates are selected to meet design brief.
1.3 Print design ideas are explored using computer aided or other design tools and design concepts are developed and reviewed against requirements and with consideration of application, principles of design and elements of design.
1.4 Design concept is selected and communication tools are used to present design concept to appropriate personnel for feedback.
1.5 Feedback is received and considered in line with design brief.
1.6 Design concept is modified and improved where possible.


2. Prepare for production

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Materials and equipment required for production are sourced and prepared.
2.2 Technical aspects of production are identified.
2.3 Specification sheet is completed to guide production.
2.4 Artwork is selected or developed for screenprinting applications on textiles.
2.5 Fabrics, colour separations and stencils are selected and prepared


3. Produce printed samples

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Sample is created to test accuracy of colour separations, repeat pattern, colour, placement and registration.
3.2 Technical or design elements are modified as required.
3.5 Tools and equipment are used effectively and safely to achieve desired result.
3.6 Processes and effects are documented to ensure exact outcome can be replicated.


4. Produce printed product

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Design is printed according to design specifications and design brief.
4.2 Printing is monitored to identify problems or faults


5. Evaluate and analyse design and production processes

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Finished item is assessed against design specifications and design brief.
5.2 Design is analysed and evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement.
5.3 Production process is evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement.
5.4 Processes and improvements are documented.

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

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

Please note; not all learning activities are assessment tasks. Participants will be advised in advance if an assessment is taking place.

Teaching Schedule

SessionLearning  Activity           Evidence  


Overview of unit/ assessment/ projects/ technical file/ studio practice. Print room induction, including OH and S and signing off.

Equipment revision. Water wise revision.

Introduction to Project 1. Toile. Screen selection/ preparation revision and practice.

Printing out half tone sample designs created in Develop Textile Designs Using Computers

Fully prepared /labelled and stored A2 and A3 half tone screens

Observational checklist


Half tone sample design created in Develop Textile Designs Using Computers are exposed on to prepared screens.

Printing and analysing samples which will then return to Develop Textile designs Using Computers for further

analysis and development in to a 2 colour repeat design. Discussion about appropriate fabric selection.

Making judgements about what the design and particular fabrics can be used for.



 Fabric and paper buying excursion, (for Project 1 and 2) and studio visits excursion.

Begin filling in specification sheets regarding fabric selections.



 Testing colours and half tone images on fabric selections.

Filling in specification sheets. Reclaiming large screens.


Completed repeat designs from Develop Textile designs Using Computers return to be exposed on to screen.

Printing digital artwork. Screen set up for registration. Print set up for repeat printing. Colour mixing and recipe development.

Artwork. Exposed, labelled , stored large screens


Printing 2 colour registered repeat design. Strike off covering registration, repeat set up, stops, stapling fabric, colour ways.

Colour mixing for a production run. Filling out final specification sheets.

Colour ways

Printing registered length final. Strip screens. Clean work areas. Project No.2 Introduction. Submission of Toile Repeat Project at the end of the week.

Final Length. Swatch book. Technical work book

Analysis of Toile.

Project 2 Tots to tweens.

1.Unregistered layered designs(paper stencils and photographic screens).

2.Registered 3 colour. Repeat Length, blotch background. Printing out film/ Screen preparation/ Exposing/ Labelling/ Storing


Exploring print possibilities for samples using wool and silk using acid dyes.

Preparing guar gum, preparing dye colours. Colour matching using dyes.

Exposed screens


Exploring further print possibilities for samples.

Wool and silk hand painting, polychromatic, stamping, resist printing, textures, appliqué, paper stencils.

Wool and silk printed samples. Specification sheets


Review of samples to date. Combining hand painting techniques with designs on screen. 

Completed evaluation sheet. Final wool and silk samples.


Cotton sample prints. Pigment and binder. Pigment and hand painting solution.

Opaques, metallics, specialty binders, foiling. Choosing from the following designs.

1. Unregistered layered design (paper stencils).

2. 3 colour repeat length, blotch background.

Cotton samples


Completing the three colour registered blotch background repeat length colourways.

Reviewing registration. Repeat set up. Colour mixing for a production run



Selecting the final colourway to be produced for the final length of the 3 colour registered

repeat length blotch background. Mixing the colour required to the amounts necessary for a repeat length. Printing repeat length



Printing repeat length. Analysing collection of fabrics and nonwoven products with Produce Designs for Woven and non woven substrates.

Designs will be analysed to ascertain the strongest pieces to present to Higher Education as a coordinating range.

Different ways of presenting the body of work will be explored. 

Repeat length


Finishing edges of  fabric samples. Producing final swatch book for fabric presentations.

Submission of final body of work.

Technical file including specification sheets/ test samples and

evaluation sheets. Swatch book of wool silk and cotton samples and colourways.

Printed length


Excursion to high end interior fabric wholesalers to view examples of exclusive fabrics and presentation.

Design brief analysis for registered placement print  and a registered repeat length. 

Textile outcomes for interior space. As a group, and with professional assistance, students are required to complete a

sustainability analysis. 

Areas for analysis may be amount of water usage/ fabric substrates/ energy

consumption in preparing for print/ environmental impact of emulsion/ binders or dye.



Fabric selection according to brief. Colour testing/ dyes/ pigments/ opaques.

Fabric print testing with textile technology.

 Printed test samples. Specification sheet completed


Croquis selected for development. Using feedback from WIL partner about croquis development

students are to work on printing swatch books for the presentation of a collection of 2 print designs each in 4 colourways 

 Fabric selections documented in specification sheets.


Croquis are converted to colour separations in Develop Textile Designs using Computers.

Printing registered colour separations on to film. Screen preparation. Screen registration. Screen Exposure. Strike off 

 Artwork. Exposed, labelled and stored screens. Strike off


Print colourways for placement and repeat length designs 



Present design to WIL partner incl. concept board, croquis, professionally finished swatch book and story board.

Colourway selection for repeat design print. 

Concept board, croquis, swatch book (professionally presented with codes,

repeat specifications, fabric type and care instructions) including one

placement print and one repeat design in 4 colourways


Printing placement and registered length final. Production set up, printing and finishing to industry standards. 

Repeat Length. Swatch book.


Final presentation to WIL partner and participating course teachers and students. 

Final presentation will include; Visual diary. Technical notebook,

including; specification sheets, self assessment sheets and sustainability analysis.

Digital presentation of collection. Swatch Book. Final repeat length



Prototype project requirements introduced for the print component having previously been introduced in

Develop Textile Designs and Specifications and Develop Textile Designs Using Computers.

Design ideas presented to class. Print production requirements assessed and documented and

week by week management plan completed. A basic outline may be as follows. 

Concept board and croquis ideas presentation. Prototype week by week plan 


Design completed and ready to be printed and/ or hand rendered on to film. 



Design on screen and ready to experiment with in terms of fabrics, print pastes and techniques.

Prints are finished and tested. 

Experimental samples x 12 fully finished 


Finished product toile made from fabric tests. Liaise with production team to work on construction of product if required.



Coordinates and colourways completed for a collection/ swatch book if relevant. 

Swatch book and or technical notebook 


Final printing for fabric and or product 

Refined and professionally finished prints for final product. 


Fabric or product refined and folio ready for final presentation. Collating all notes.

Preparing studio work for presentation. Extending on studio work with Story board, making certain the concept,

body of work and story board all work together. 

32 Final presentation to teacher/s and students. 

Technical notebook including copy of brief, copy of concept board and story board,

week by week plan, specification sheets for printing and

constructions and final SWOT analysis. Colourways and coordinates. Final product 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Repeat Patterns Peter Phillips and Gillian Bruce

Textiles- a handbook for designers Mary Paul Yates

Design and Practice for Printed Textiles A.McNamatra and P. Snelling

Ideas and Techniques for Fabric Design Lynda Flower

Pattern Design Lewis day

Dyeing and Screenprinting on Textiles Joanna Kinnersley-Taylor

Textile Designs Susan Meller and JoostElffers

Other Resources

Students will need a basic kit which they should have at every session. This includes;

  • 30cm steel ruler
  • set square
  • sharp scissors
  • glue stick
  • cutting knife
  • pacer
  • fine liner
  • A3 size visual diary
  • round brushes 00, 1, 3,6,10
  • chinagraph pencil
  • thick black permanent marker
  • rubber gloves

Overview of Assessment

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Class exercises will be set to cover the technical requirements for each design brief.

The technical notebook will display the samples and specification sheets which document the students’ findings. The swatch books display the students most successful pieces and colourways.

The production work will enable you to reproduce through printing either repeat lengths or placement prints to a high quality standard.

Assessment Tasks

This course has design development support from Develop Textile Designs and Specifications and Develop Textile Designs Using Computers. Because of the link between courses, some projects will be assessed concurrently.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods.

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate work to their teacher. All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a pass.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including;

  • observational checklist
  • OH&S questionnaire
  • process documentation worksheets or specification sheets
  • completion of learning activities
  • production of folio

Graded Assessment Tasks

Project 1

  • Colourways/ sample swatch book                     10%
  • 2 colour repeat length                                           20%
  • Studio practice worksheet                                    10%

Project 2

  • Specification sheet documentation                     10% 
  • Wool/silk/cotton sample coordinates                  20%
  • Colourway swatches                              
  • 3 colour repeat length with blotch background 30%

Project 3

  • Research analysis                                                  15%
  • Specification sheets                                                  5%
  • Swatch Book                                                              10%
  • Registered placement print                                   20%

Project 4

  • Week by week plan                                                 5% 
  • Specification sheets                                               5% 
  • Prototype                                                                 20% 
  • Colourway/ coordinate swatch book                 20% 

Assessment Matrix

 Visual diary                                      

Technical workbook                                             

incl. spec sheets, studio practice sheets and SWOT analysis                     

Production                                       pieces                              Swatch Books                                              
1. Develop print Design1.1-1.6   
2. Prepare for print 2.1-2.3  
3. Produce printed samples   



4. Produce printed product  4.1 4.2 5.3 
5. Evaluate and analyse design production processes 5.1 5.2 5.4  

Other Information

This unit follows on from Prepare Stencils and Screens. The exercises enable the participants to gain a sound understanding of more advanced print processes and techniques associated with screen printing on textiles. This unit is studio based including some theory but mostly practical exercises. Due to the time constraints on print room access it is strongly recommended that students attend every session.

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