Course Title: Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: ARCH5209C

Course Title: Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Jenny Crowley 


John Perperis

Jenni Woods

Michele Meister

Danielle Trengenza

Nominal Hours: 54

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

All students are required to have completed  Soft Furnishing for Interiors ARCH 5214C to a compenent level before commencing this course.

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to specify innovative and cost effective decorative solutions for furniture, floor covering, soft furnishings and window dressings to enhance and compliment interior design schemes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID5011 Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution


Assess project requirements

Performance Criteria:

Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending decorative solutions are verified and complied with
Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client
Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
Communication with others is established and maintained
Intended applications and effects for the windows, furniture and soft furnishings are identified


Specify furniture transformation

Performance Criteria:

Methods of transforming a range of furniture and furnishings are researched
Design considerations are investigated and assessed against the project brief
Fabrics and materials are selected for furniture
Furniture transformation ideas are documented and specified
Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget


Determine decorative treatments for windows and openings

Performance Criteria:

Window treatments, their application and fixing technologies are researched to determine suitability for client requirements
New technologies in window treatments are researched and relevance for decorative project s identified
The types of openings and their requirements are identified and a range of possible creative solutions determined
Window or opening is measured and details recorded accurately for a range of window treatments
Fabric requirements are calculated and manufacturing requirements determined for a range of window treatments taking into consideration pattern repeats


Specify soft floor coverings

Performance Criteria:

Range of floor coverings available for application are identified and analysed to determine most suitable fit
New technologies in flooring are researched and relevance for decorative project identified
The features, limitations and environmental impact of selected floor covering is assessed against performance requirements and environmental standards
Floor area is measured and specifications recorded for flooring solution
Costs are calculated and assessed against project budget


Specify soft furnishings

Performance Criteria:

Soft furnishings are selected to meet the requirements of the brief and the overall design scheme
Specifications are documented to record colour, sizing, style and fabric details
Arrangement of soft furnishings is documented in design schedules
Costs of soft furnishings are calculated and assessed against project budget


Document and present decorative recommendations

Performance Criteria:

Innovative design solution to brief is presented taking into consideration parameters of design brief
Fabrics, furnishings and fixing technologies are selected taking into consideration parameters of project brief
Specifications are documented for all treatment recommendations
Schedule is presented that includes both high and low costing to support design solution
Solution to brief is visualised graphically and in 3-D form
Sample board is created to enhance and support the design intention
Feedback and follow up is instigated and maintained with the client

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent research and recommendation of current styles and technologies for the decoration of furniture, soft furnishings, floor coverings and window dressings.
This unit requires employability skills in initiative and enterprise and problem solving in order to direct the research and recommending of suitable decorative solutions. Communication skills are used to access and interpret information using information technologies and complete decoration proposals. Self management and learning skills are applied in the review of information and arrangements to ensure project needs are met.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will be blended with the majority taking place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study, that will include online research.

You will participate in a range of learning activities in the unit including:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • lectures
  • design activities or projects
  • online activities
  • guest lecture
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • online research independent project based work
  • site visits (observations)
  • studio practice

Some learning activities will include a self-directed learning approach, self-directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students, or that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace research, library assignments, field work and work placement.
Site visits to BQ Design and other relevant suppliers are required to complete this project.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Week Studio Sessions Lecture Series Due Date


Industry briefing with BQ Design & Marco Fabrics



Site visits to BQ Design manufacturing plant

9.1 Review on Site Visits and Project requirements Design Process from 1st Meeting to Completion.  Project Documentation File explained  
9.2 Studio Work
Preparation of spatial planning
10.1 Finalize fabrics & product selection for bedroom Costing of Soft Furnishing Products  
10.2 Compete Master Bedroom costing template for review.  Presentation of Task 1 Concept Presentation to teacher   Task 1 - Concept Presentation


Anzac Day Public Holiday - 25.4.16 NO CLASS Window Treatments - revision of curtain and blind calculations  
11.2 Presentation of bedroom fabrics & product selection to Industry Panel    
12.1 Fabric Showroom visits for remainder of apartment Specifying floor finishes & upholstery  
12.2 Spatial planning for entire apartment including furniture plan    
13.1 Finalise furniture layout for the entire floor plan Specifying wallpaper and preparation for Final Industry Presentation  
13.2 Rendering of all elements    

Rendering of all elements - floor plan, elevations, perspectives

14.2 Continued Rendering of all elements    
15.1 Final preparation of work for presentations    
15.2  Industry Panel Presentations - Master Bedroom only   Task 2 - Final Presentation to Industry
16.2 Submission of Task 3 - Project Documentation File  

Task 3 - Project Documentation File

This course is supported by but not clustered with Structural Elements for Interiors ARCH 5212C and Create 3D digital models COSC 6182C

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

BQ Design web site for information and images relating to soft furnishing products - website for information and images relating to specific fabrics -

Soft Furnishing Notes from 1st Year ARCH 5168C Soft Furnishings for Interiors.

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

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The
Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your

The Library provides guides on academic referencing  and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively research and recommend decorative treatments for windows, soft furnishings and furniture to meet the design requirements of at least two project briefs
• Effectively apply design elements and principles to recommended decorative solution
• Visually present decorative solutions to illustrate how ideas meet overall design requirements
• Correctly calculate quantities and costings required to achieve decorative solution
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for researching and recommending decorative treatments
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks.  Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.  To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

There will be one major Project linked with Industry:

City Fringe Apartment Project incorporating RMIT Bedroom Design Competition

Task 1 - Concept Presentation 
Master Bedroom Loose Concept Presentation with the focus on the project brief delivered by BQ Design & Marco Fabrics, fabric template to be completed to Industry requirements.
Due Date : Week 10, Session 2 (21.4.16)

Task 2 - Final Presentation
Visual and Oral Presentation to Industry Representatives on the final resolution of the Bedroom.  Visual Presentation of entire Apartment design for submission to teacher only.
Due Date : Week 15, Session 2 (26.5.16)

Task 3 - Project Documentation File

Detailed documentation for entire Apartment.
Due Date : Week 16, Session 2 (2.6.16)

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

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has
produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian (

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (see list below), but also utilises graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction (4 GPA)
CDI: Competent with Distinction (3 GPA)
CC: Competent with Credit (2 GPA)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (1 GPA)
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit
of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above)

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend
all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.
Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher 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:
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage

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.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
Further links - Application for extension of time

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
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