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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 the cultural and historical perspectives of textiles and the influence of these on current fashion trends and contemporary designers. The development of the textile industry across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries is explored and the past, present and future social, economic and environmental impacts analysed. Current issues affecting the Australian industry will be debated.

Unit content

1.     Cultural perspectives of textiles

i.     the use of textiles as an expressive and functional medium in different cultures

ii.    factors that influence textile design in different cultures

iii.   design features characteristic of textile items from different cultures

iv.   influence of cultural perspectives on current fashion trends and contemporary designers in a range of areas 

 

2.     Historical perspectives of textiles

i.     historical periods, technological developments and social events which have impacted on the development of textiles

ii.    design features characteristic of textile items throughout history

iii.   inter-relationship between historical design developments and society

iv.   influence of historical perspectives on textile design, construction and use

v.    historical influences on current trends and contemporary designers in a range of areas 

 

3.     Textiles as an industry

i.     the textile industry through the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries

ii.    the social, economic and environmental impact of the textile industry through the centuries

iii.   the development of the Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry

iv.   the economic, social and environmental significance of the Australian industry

v.    current issues that impact on the Australian industry

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the use of textiles, the characteristic design features and the factors which influence these in different cultures
2 outline the impact of historical events and technological developments on the textile industry and textile use across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
3 identify the design features characteristic of textile items in different historical periods
4 analyse the historical and cultural influences on contemporary textile design and designers including that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
5 outline the development and significance of the textile industry In Australia from the beginning to the establishment of the ATCF&AI
6 critique the past, present and future social, economic and environmental impacts of the textile industry internationally and in Australia
7 discuss the current issues facing the ATCF&A industry.

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

  1. discuss the use of textiles, the characteristic design features and the factors which influence these in different cultures
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. outline the impact of historical events and technological developments on the textile industry and textile use across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
    • GA4:
  3. identify the design features characteristic of textile items in different historical periods
    • GA4:
  4. analyse the historical and cultural influences on contemporary textile design and designers including that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  5. outline the development and significance of the textile industry In Australia from the beginning to the establishment of the ATCF&AI
    • GA4:
  6. critique the past, present and future social, economic and environmental impacts of the textile industry internationally and in Australia
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  7. discuss the current issues facing the ATCF&A industry.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Castle, C & Peters, L, 2012, Nelson Textiles and Design. Preliminary and HSC, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, Melbourne. ISBN: 13:9780170210713.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.