Course Title: Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: GRAP5358C

Course Title: Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5336 - Diploma of Fashion Styling

Course Contact: Anni Juracich

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9236

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Nominal Hours: 30

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites

Course Description

In this course you will explore the elements and principles of design which can impact on the visual appearance of clothing on the body.  You will investigate what influences everyday clothing and accessory choices and how significant historical events and designers of the 20th Century influence contemporary designs. You will explore ways clothing is used to express a theme, mood and/or personality of the wearer, and the impact the overall style achieves.    
This unit is delivered and assessed with  GRAP5228C (LMTFD4014B) Identify contemporary fashion influences and construction techniques and GRAP5366C (STIMA501) Create a fashion image for personal styling

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD4002B Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development


1 Identify colour as an element of design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Dimensions  of colour are identified.
1.2 Relationship of colour theory to design process is identified.


2 Identify visual effects of colour

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Visual or optical effects of colour  are investigated and identified.
2.2 Fashion pictures that reflect different visual effects are collected and presented in a portfolio.


3 Investigate colour combinations  for use in design

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Workbench and seating are set up according to OHS practices.
3.2 Colours are mixed to create new combinations or schemes.
3.3 Templates are painted which reflect colour schemes.
3.4 Illustrations are collected which reflect different colour schemes.
3.4 Colour wheel and colour charts are used to assist colour investigations.


4 Consider use of colour in fashion design

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Different colour uses are identified and compared for impact.
4.2 Use of colour in development of fashion stories is considered.
4.3 Colour forecasting options are investigated.
4.3 Colour investigations are documented for future reference.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include tutorials, practical workshops and off campus research where you will be challenged to reflect and debate on different concepts and issues surrounding contemporary styling situations and develop solutions for a design problem or brief.
You will be required to participate in case study learning, problem solving activities, self-reflection and discussion.  Activities will encourage both individual and group based learning responsibilities and outcomes.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 
Course Outline
Working safely in the workplace
What does a personal stylist do? 
   • different types
   •   stylist kit
What factors influence what we wear
   • functions of clothing - social, psychological, cultural, economic, environmental (gender, age, nationality, religious  etc
   • figure types (basic)
Week 2
Fashion Language
principles of fashion design;
   • what are they? - proportion, silhouette, etc.
   • how do they affect the appearance of your body shape?  (i.e. effect of fabric on body shape, fit and garment design)
Week 3
Colour as an element of design -
   • definitions/terms - value, hue, chroma/intensity/clarity
   • visual effects of colour - size, density, value, visual mixing, simultaneous contrast, motion, texture
   • colour schemes - investigate combinations of colour -  complementary, contrasting, analogous, triad, monochromatic
   • colour forecasting
Week 4
Influences - trends, events, include on decade - trends (skirt hem lengths sleeve shapes), events (wars, rock and roll, hippy era), technological developments (plastics, bio culture)
Assessment Task 1 due.
Week 5
Style features and construction techniques of 20th century - pockets, detailing (broad, trends, on today), garment language
Week 6
Significant designers of 20th Century (influences on the role of the designer)
   • look at their influences
   • who have they influenced today
Week 7
Garment fit for different figure types
   • fit details
   • client details - how will you decide what body type they are if you can’t get them into leggings etc?
   • what styles suit different body types
   • what to do for a one off occasion (celebrity/borrowed clothes - double sided tape etc, care/return of clothes)
Week 8
Using accessories to accentuate/mask features
   • proportion
   • focal point
   • textures
   • colours
Assessment Task 2 due
Week 9
What’s in your wardrobe? -
   • personal preference - what can you decipher from a person’s wardrobe
   • how to begin to understand a client (getting inside their heads)
Week 10
Begin to define your client
   • customer life characteristics (demographics)
   • age appropriate
Week 11
Dressing aptly and tribe types
   • personal presentation - what message clothing communicates
   • picking the appropriate clothes for the occasion/purpose
   • personal preferences - sustainability - influence, longevity of clothing, production sensitive i.e. customer philosophy (bamboo, fur).
Week 12
Repurposing historical fashion influences
   • how can you use what’s gone before (to make what’s in your wardrobe contemporary and innovative)
Week 13
Selecting for a client to meet a budget
   • how will you present to the client? breaking down suggested pieces (classics, hero pieces, lbd, must haves, optionals)
   • what happens if they don’t like your suggestions?
Week 14
Pre-Assessment review
Week 15
Assessment presentation
Week 16
Assessment Feedback and review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

 You will have access to a simulated styling design workroom equipped with light boxes, fitting rooms and facilities such as computer laboratories as required.

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

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

You will also have access to the RMIT on-line Learning HUB

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and has been designed to measure achievement of each element in a flexible manner. Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including projects and assignments designed for students to demonstrate their ability to use colour to create impact. To successful complete this course students must demonstrate competency in all elements as listed. 

Students will be eligible for a graded result higher than Competency achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period and on the first assessment attempt. Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but will not be eligible for grading. 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.
All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a Competency Achieved (CAG)

Assessment will include:

Task 1 - Clothing on the Body
Task 2 - Influences of the 20th Century
Task 3 - Styling for a Client

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks. All assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved.
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 the Disability Liaison Unit 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

Assessment task 1 - due week 4
Visual effect of clothing on the body
   • how to use characteristics of clothes to enhance/mask body features (design elements - especially colour, fabric, silhouette, proportion)
   • body types - figures and proportions
Assessment task 2 - due week 8
Colours and Influences of the 20th Century - a moment or one significant influence/decade
   • investigate colour & combinations
   • influences on fashion - trends and significant events
   • construction techniques (machinery, fabric qualities)
Assessment task 3 - due week 15
Styling for a Client
   • options, use and impact of colour
   • colour forecasting
   • factors that influence the way people dress
   • purpose/function of clothes
   • influences on styling, trends (including emerging) and construction
   • client profile
   • figure flattering choices
   • presentation of recommendations to client

Assessment Matrix


Assessment Tasks









1 – Visual Effects of Clothing on the Body






2 - Colours and Influences of the 20th Century






3 - Styling for a Client












Task 1 - Clothing on the Body


Task 2 - Influences of the 20th Century


Task 3 - Styling for a Client


1. Identify colour as an element of design








2. Identify visual effects of colour








3. Investigate colour combinations  for use in design








4. Consider use of colour in fashion design









Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
 Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
 - Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
 - Maths and science developmental support and advice
 - English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
 Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :

Penalties for late assessment
 Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension will be penalised.
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