Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: VART6454C

Course Title: Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

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

John Brooks

I am on campus Monday-Wednesday and Friday

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


Course Description

In this course you will use a variety of different fibres and materials to experiment to create new and different 2D and 3D effects. You will learn to identify commonly used techniques and apply your skills and knowledge to a variety of manipulation processes. Through considered exploration you will use a variety of manipulation processes as a tool to inform your design decisions and to make modifications to achieve interesting textile outcomes.

This Unit of Competency is clustered for delivery and assessment. The other Unit of Competency in this clustered course is:

  • MSTTX3008 Select raw materials

These units are clustered for holistic delivery and assessment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTD4010 Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

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


2 Prepare to apply manipulation techniques

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify types of manipulation 2.2 Describe effects of manipulation on different materials 2.3 Describe processes used to achieve different manipulations 2.4 Prepare tools and equipment to apply a range of manipulation techniques


3 Identify uses of manipulation in design process

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Describe uses of manipulation to inform and inspire design 3.2 Describe role of manipulation as a production tool 3.3 Describe effect of manipulation on the design


4 Manipulate textiles to produce work sample

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Apply manipulation techniques to a variety of textiles and textile products 4.2 Analyse process to assess outcome 4.3 Modify manipulation, as required 4.4 Produce work samples of manipulated textiles 4.5 Implement workplace procedures in manipulation of fabrics 4.6 Use industry appropriate tools to document techniques to manipulate textiles and their effects, and retain for future reference.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to apply a variety of manipulation techniques to produce textile samples. You will have retained records of the processes you have explored that in turn, could be used to inform future textile designs.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will participate in the following learning activities:

  • class exercises and discussions
  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • workshops
  • projects
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • research
  • visits to galleries and events
  • simulated workplace activities.

Teaching Schedule


Key topics

Key learning and assessment activities

Due dates




Session 1






Introduction to experimental textiles – research, processes, outcomes, key artists and designers.

Introduction to assessment 1 – Resource Sample Folio

Presentation of examples of work, and a rundown of what you need to bring to the next class.

Warm up exercise: paper weave

Techniques: Sublimation printing

Preparation of resist samples


Session 2

Resist & Rust

Boiling, dyeing and melting of resist samples

Preparation of rust samples


Session 3




Stitch and Dissolve


Session 4

Structure I

Setting up warp for frame loom weaving



Session 5

Structure II

Frame loom weaving – pile weaves

Presentation and introduction to project 2: remix

Assessment 1 due

Session 6


Presentations of research and materials gathered so far and group discussion

Supervised studio time to generate initial samples


Session 7


Exploration of distressing techniques and how they might be merged with the techniques


Session 8


Exploration of fabric paints and how they might be merged with the techniques


Session 9


Exploration of unconventional material use, and how they could be worked into a range


Session 10


Group critique and supervised studio time


Session 11


Introduction to Assessment 3

Presentation on objects

Assessment 2 due

Session 12


Presentation on a variety of construction techniques


Session 13


Presentation and demonstration on vessels and bags


Session 14


Presentation and demonstration of a variety of finishing techniques


Session 15


Supervised studio time

Assessment 3 due

Session 16




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There is a list of references for your use in the Experimental Workbook that is supplied to you in class.

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

You will be supplied with materials in class to enable you to complete the different activities.  

The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

        You will be required to provide scissors, rulers, glue stick and pens.

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the assessment to a satisfactory standard.
This of Competency is clustered together for delivery and assessment. The other Unit of Competency in this clustered course is:

MSTTX3008 Select raw materials

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments.

Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Assessment Tasks

This unit of competency is clustered for assessment with MSTTX3008 Select raw materials.

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 at the conclusion of each assessment task. You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on myRMIT for full assessment criteria

To be assessed as competent for the two courses you need to complete all three (3) tasks and one (1) Observation checklist to a satisfactory level.

Assessment Task 1: Sample Resource Folio

Students will be introduced to a range of experimental manipulation techniques. They will maintain a folder of samples of the techniques and include a spec sheet for each sample in their folio. Due week 5.


Assessment Task 2: Remix

Based on a technique covered in assessment 1, students will create 12 textile samples pushing the technique beyond its initial capabilities - for example, merging techniques or using unconventional materials. Due week 11.


Assessment Task 3: Textile Object

Students will select their two most successful textile samples from assessment 2, and develop both a textile object and a textile vessel for that object using the same technique, palette and materials in these samples. Due week 15.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the 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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