Availabilities:

Location Domestic International
Online Session 2 N/A

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Focuses on functional and aesthetic aspects of design and the elements and principles of design applied to a variety of textile materials, methods, techniques and end-uses. The work of contemporary designers is investigated and skills in design communication methods used in the area of textiles will be developed. The principles of dyeing, printing, appliqué and embroidery will be investigated through experimentation. Students will design, manufacture and document a textile item featuring surface decoration.

Unit content

  1. Fundamentals of design in textiles
    • Elements and principles of design
    • Experimentation with and application of the elements and principals across a range of textile applications
    • Functional and aesthetic design in a range of textile environments
    • Factors determining appropriate design
    • The work of contemporary designers in textiles and fashion 
  2. Design in practice
    • Visual design concept development through the use of inspiration and evaluation of ideas.
    • Principles and practice of applying colour to fabrics, yarns and fibres
    • Methods of fabric decoration including innovative printing and dyeing, felting, appliqué, pizza, capturing, machine embroidery, quilting, fabric manipulation, layering and free machine embroidery
    • Practical application in the design, manufacture and documentation of a textile item featuring surface decoration. 
  3. Design communication
    • Perspective drawing
    • Fashion sketching and rendering
    • Production drawing
    • The use of CAD in textile design communication

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the functional and aesthetic aspect of design in the textile area
2 apply the elements and principles of design across a range of textile applications
3 describe and demonstrate a range of decorative techniques including dyeing, printing & appliqué
4 outline the work of contemporary designers
5 demonstrate competence in graphically communicating design and the documentation of the design process used in the textile discipline
6 design, manufacture and evaluate textile items featuring surface decoration and based on different sources of inspiration
7 produce a range of appropriate resources for use in the teaching of the design section of Years 7-10 and Stage 6 Textiles and Design syllabi.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the functional and aesthetic aspect of design in the textile area
    • GA4:
  2. apply the elements and principles of design across a range of textile applications
    • GA2:
  3. describe and demonstrate a range of decorative techniques including dyeing, printing & appliqué
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  4. outline the work of contemporary designers
    • GA4:
  5. demonstrate competence in graphically communicating design and the documentation of the design process used in the textile discipline
    • GA6:
  6. design, manufacture and evaluate textile items featuring surface decoration and based on different sources of inspiration
    • GA2:
  7. produce a range of appropriate resources for use in the teaching of the design section of Years 7-10 and Stage 6 Textiles and Design syllabi.
    • GA2:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Lynda Peters and Christine Castle, 2012, Nelson Textiles and Design. Preliminary and HSC second edition., Second , Nelson Cengage Learning, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170210713.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.