Course Title: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: ARCH5168C

Course Title: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4251 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lindsey Glover -

 John Perperis -

Nominal Hours: 50

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 unit specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend soft furnishings for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID4005A Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors


1.  Assess soft furnishing requirements for the project

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Applicable OHS , legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending soft furnishings are verified and complied with

1.2 Project brief is reviewed to determine desired effects for interior space

1.3 Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed

1.4 Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness

1.5 Communication with others is established and maintained


2.  Research materials for soft furnishings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Aesthetic , visual characteristics and colour requirements of the soft furnishings are assessed

2.2 Intended applications for the soft furnishings are analysed and reviewed

2.3 New soft furnishing and material technologies are researched and assessed against the project brief

2.4 Tactile requirements of the soft furnishings in relation to the design are researched

2.5 Properties of the materials used in the production of soft furnishings are analysed and evaluated

2.6 Manufacturing processes and available expertise for the materials
are assessed
2.7 Costs and availability of materials are assessed and compared

2.8 Environmental impact and benefits of materials are assessed

2.9 Durability, restorability and maintenance care quality of materials are researched and requirements for residential and industrial applications examined


3.  Research and recommend decorative treatments for windows and openings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Range of window treatments , their application and fixing technologies are researched

3.2 New technologies in window treatments are researched and relevance for decorative project identified

3.3 The features, limitations and environmental impact of window treatments are identified

3.4 The types of openings and their requirements are identified and a range of possible creative solutions determined

3.5 Window or opening is measured and details recorded accurately for a range of window treatments

3.6 Fabric requirements are calculated, and manufacturing requirements determined for a range of window treatments taking into consideration pattern repeats

3.7 Window treatment is selected and specified to meet client requirements and minimise environmental impact

3.8 Fixing technology is specified appropriate to selected window treatment

3.9 Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget


4.  Research and recommend soft floor coverings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Range of floor coverings , their application and installation requirements are researched

4.2 The features, limitations and environmental impact of floor coverings are identified

4.3 Floor area is measured and details recorded accurately for flooring solution

4.4 Flooring solution is selected and details specified to meet client requirements

4.5 Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget

5.1 Soft furnishings are selected to achieve parameters of design brief

5.2 Specifications are documented for all soft furnishing recommendations

5.3 Schedule is presented to support decorative solution

5.4 Sample board is created to enhance and support the decorative intention

5.5 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 soft furnishings which include curtains and window fittings, carpets, rugs and textiles used in upholstery, cushions and trimmings, in order to achieve integrated decoration and design solutions to meet a project brief.

Details of Learning Activities

In Class Activities will include:
• Lectures
• Trade fairs
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• workshopping of student projects
• Analysis/critique of relevant reading material

Out of class activities will include:
• Online research
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits
• Industry related excursions

Self-Directed Learning - Some 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 that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace research, library assignments. Field trips and work placements.

Teaching Schedule


Certificate IV Program C4251

Week Class content due date learning Elements

Fibres & Weaves
Intro to Major Project
Fabric swatchbook hand-in

 Major project concept due wk 12 1.1 - 1.5 
2 Fibres & Weaves  Client & style concept 1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9
3 Fibres & Weaves   1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9
4 Types of window & treatments
Studio Prac
  1.1 - 1.5, 2.1- 2.9,
3.1 -3.6
5 Pelmets & curtain hardware   1.1-1.5,2.2-2.9
6 Curtain calculations 
Loose concept presentation in class
Loose concept presentation
week 6
7 Blind calculations
Review of final fabric selection
8 Catalogues & work sheets
Revise calculations

Revise curtains & blinds calcs
Calculations test

 Calculations test wk 9 3.1-3.9
10 Documentation    
  MID SEMESTER BREAK  20 to 28 September  
11 Documentation - upholstery / trims / carpet 
12 Final presentation of concept designs for Child’s bedroom project - in class  Final concept presentation 1.1-1.6

  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 resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

BQ web site -

Zepel Fabrics site -
Please note: Many Fabric Houses will have a web site for you to view their latest fabric ranges.
Ann Justin: 1001 Window Treatments (Amazon)
Magazines: Vogue Living. Instyle, Wallpaper, Belle, Verander USA, Home Decor, Architectural
Review just to name a few......
Soft Furnishing course notes on Blackboard MYRMIT - Please note that you will be required to
print out all notes as required by your teacher.
 The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design 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

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively research soft furnishings to assist with informing the decoration process and arrive at a solution which meets client requirements
• Effectively apply design elements and principles to the recommendation of soft furnishings to achieve a minimum of two integrated decorative solutions
• Correctly calculate quantities and costings required to achieve decorative solution
• Visually present decorative ideas
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for researching and recommending soft furnishings

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills

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.

Task 1: Fabric Swatch Book
We will continue to build on the investigative work you have
commenced in semester 1 in Decorate Residential Interiors.
To explore Fibres & weaves in depth and to assist your understanding of fabrics for suitable
application in the Interiors Industry.

Task 2: A Calculation Assessment for window treatments.
A test covering fabric calculations and fabric and window treatment questions 

Task 3: "When we were Young" Child’s bedroom fit out
You will be required to link this project to the investigative work you commenced in Decorate
Residential Interiors under different decorating styles.
Further to this you will be required to design, source and document all aspects of this project to
allow you to make a proposal to a client.
All tasks must be completed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.
You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome. At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment
Soft Furnishings for Interiors is grouped with Decorate residential Interiors, Prepare a material board, Drawing techniques
and in some cases Organise & communicate information.
This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

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

Soft Furnishings for Interiors is grouped with the following units Decorate residential Interiors, Prepare a material board, Drawing techniques and in some cases Organise & communicate information.

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
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.
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Student Progress:
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1
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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration.
Cover Sheet for Submissions:
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Please refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism. 

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 go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n


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