Course Title: Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2008

Course Code: GRAP5189C

Course Title: Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5202 - Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course Contact : Mandy Penton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259202

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teachers Names: Margaret Parker
Sylvia Walsh 
Kirsty Gorter

Phillippa Loton



Nominal Hours: 80

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 covers the skills and knowledge required to assist with research and preparation of initial garment design concepts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD4003A Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts


1. Interpret design brief within specified guidelines

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Design parameters are clarified, in consultation with designer, sales team, management and client.
1.2 Strategy plan and critical path plan are developed.
1.3 Constraints are identified and taken into account when clarifying brief.


2. Research relevant information within specified guidelines

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Trends in fabrics, etc. are researched for performance, colour, availability, care and maintenance requirements and suitability to project or design.
2.2 Technical requirements associated with production are assessed, within specified guidelines and according to OH&S practices.
2.3 Any additional expertise required for project is identified.


3. Contribute to design concepts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Preliminary concepts are worked out in conjunction with others to identify possibilities.
3.2 Story themes are developed using fashion magazines, samples, swatches, trims and colour palette.
3.3 Ideas are contributed and discussed with team members to enhance success of project.
3.4 Relevant support materials and explanations are developed and refined in conjunction with members of design team.


4. Contribute to presentation of the design

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Own role and relationship to others for presentation meeting is determined and rehearsed.
4.2 Presentation is assessed in a manner which promotes acceptance or approval or the design.

Learning Outcomes

The unit applies to assisting others in the preparation of preliminary design concepts for garments where discretion and judgement may be required and may involve applications associated with original creation, or adaptation of designs or interpretation of sketches within a range of contexts. Design may relate to individual garments where generally basic stable fabrics are used.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will be involved in theoretical and practical tasks.
• You will follow a design brief, designing an original, small range of garments based on a specific, researched theme.
• You will meet with the teacher for feedback at critical check points in the planned timeline.
• As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practise outside of regular class times.
• You are reminded of the learning expectation that you will complete an equal amount of research time outside of class as you do in class to demonstrate your understanding and to be deemed competent in this course.

Teaching Schedule

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances this schedule is subject to change. Weekly outlines of topics to be covered and activities completed will be made available at scheduled classes.
Weeks 1-3 Design concepts context - key roles and responsibilities; the design brief and parameters. Checkpoint 1
Weeks 4-6 Design concepts preparation tasks - resources identification, investigation and development. Checkpoint 2
Weeks 7-9 Design concepts and themes; colours and fabric trends research. Checkpoint 3
Weeks 10-12 Team and feedback participation and problem solving. Checkpoint 4
Weeks 13-15 Practical development of presentations for fashion design concepts including fashion sketching, design development and work finalisation to Industry standards. Checkpoint 5
Weeks 16-18 Presentation of design concepts (Small range) in workplace environment simulation tasks

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Stecker, Pamela, 1996, Fashion Design Manual, Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, South Melbourne


Other Resources

Essential Learning Resources students need to bring for all design subjects:

• A3 folio for handing in your work for assessment
• A3 plastic sleeves
• Selection of pencils: H, HB and 2B
• A3 cartridge paper or pad
• Blank layout pad for rough ideas

Overview of Assessment

You are expected to competently complete all progressive practical class work in order for final tasks to be assessable. Information about the specific details of each task will be supplied to you at scheduled classes.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks and value: Progressive feedback at each critical check point as student achieves each stage of the timeline: 25% Assessment breakdown = Checkpoint 1 Timeline -5%; Checkpoint 2 Colours, Fabrics and Trims storyboard/book – 5%; Checkpoint 3 Themes board/book and Concept/rough sketches – 5%; Checkpoint 4 Forward planning and design selection/editing and reworking -5%; Checkpoint 5 Review of Final sketching presentation - Illustration and working sketches – 5%

Design and presentation of a small range: = 75% - Class presentations, teacher and peer review of Small Range.

TOTAL ---------------------------------------------- 100%

Assessment Matrix

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