Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: VART6450C

Course Title: Analyse textile design influences

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4390 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rachelle Holowko

Tuesday 9.30-12.30
Wednesday 9.30-2.00pm

Thursday 9.30-12.30


Ana Petidis


Tuesday 6.00pm-9.00pm

Friday 9.00am-2.00pm

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 Determine job requirements 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 Analyse key influences on textile designs

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 Identify features of the design process 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 Source information on textile designs and products 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 Analyse textile construction techniques 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 Identify characteristics of colour and prepare colour chart 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 Analyse influences on future directions in textiles 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

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


  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • colour and design activities or projects
  • group discussion
  • excursion
  • research
  • independent project based work
  • group activities/projects



Teaching Schedule



Class Activities



  • Class Introduction
  • Introduction to projects and assessment criteria
  • Significant historical and cultural influences on textiles:
    Social, cultural, geographic, environmental, historical, technological- PPT
  • Project 1: Journal
  • Project 2: Research Presentations


Library tour



Good working practice:

  • The design process,
  • Analyse the design process
  • Answering the brief,
  • Technical design specifications

Project 1: Journal

1. OHS

2. Design process







Colour theory: colour wheels, tints, tones, shades, primary, secondary, tertiary, CMYK, RGB. Grey Scale

Create colour wheels and colour charts


Project 2: Research Presentations

Topic and Presentation day/times allocated


Project 1: Journal

3. Tonal Values




Colour theory: colour wheels, tints, tones, shades, primary, secondary, tertiary, CMYK, RGB. Grey Scale

Create colour wheels and colour charts


Project 1: Journal

3. Tonal Values






Elements and Principles of design


Project 1: Journal

4. Elements and Principles




How colour is used in TD: colour schemes, purpose/function, visual mixing, simultaneous contrast.
Create colour wheels and colour charts


Project 1: Journal

5. Colour




Project 2: Research Presentations


Student presentations scheduled



Project 2: Research Presentations




Project 2: Research Presentations


Student presentations scheduled






Project 2: Research Presentations


Student presentations scheduled




Colour matching

Project 1: Journal

6. Colour matching

Project 3: Contemporary designer





Mid Semester Break:

Friday 19th April to Sunday 28th April 2019




Putting together a design collection:

  • Main design or “Hero”
  • Colourways and coordinates
  • How do designers use colour?


Project 1: Journal

7. Colourway, colour proportion and coordinates



Project 3: Contemporary designer

Topics allocated






Trend forecasting:

  • Sourcing information on Textiles
  • Trend Forecasting, market research, social media.


Project 1: Journal

8. Trend forecasting and colour forecasting






Analyse textile construction techniques:


  • Purpose and key features of textile product are identified
  • Desired effects of design features are described.
  • Production techniques and use in contemporary design 
  • Identify application and uses of colour 


Project 1: Journal

9. Textile product analysis









Project 1: Journal

Continue working on Journal activities




Project 3: Contemporary designer

Completion and submission of Project 3


Project 1: Journal

Completion and submission of Project1



Project 3: Contemporary designer


Project 1: Journal





Assessment Feedback


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

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Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include two projects and presentation of a folio to a panel of industry experts. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on My RMIT.

Assessment Tasks

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on MyRMIT for full assessment criteria


There are 3 Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1: Journal, Due: Week 15

The journal contains colour exercises, record sheets and analysis exercises. The activities are designed to be undertaken as self paced or group learning activities and will also be used as part of class discussion.

You must complete each task to a satisfactory level to be deemed competent. Specific criteria is provided on detailed project briefs

This unit is assessed with Unit MSTTD4012


Assessment Task 2: Research Presentations, Due: Week 7

The history of textiles provides an extremely rich source of inspiration and practical information for textile designers. This project will enable you to research, describe and analyse how historical textiles can influence contemporary textile design.  

You must complete each task to a satisfactory level to be deemed competent. Specific criteria is provided on detailed project briefs

This unit is assessed with Unit MSTTD4012


Assessment Task 3: Contemporary Designer, Due: Week 15

Choose a professional artist/designer/craftsperson in a textile field that inspires you to interview. Analyse contemporary influences on their work, commercial considerations and production techniques.

You must complete each task to a satisfactory level to be deemed competent. Specific criteria is provided on detailed project briefs

This unit is assessed with Unit MSTTD4012

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment 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 (or Program Coordinator)

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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