Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the professional and applied skills required in the focus area of apparel. Through the study of designers, design influences and technology choice, students will develop skills in graphical communication and design application, and pattern making and manufacturing. This course also explores fibre technology and utilizes research and experimentation in the area of fibre properties and performance. Students undertake work in a cross cultural and historical context that work toward the development of an innovative and creative folio and project item guided by the design brief. Students will demonstrate safe workshop procedures that satisfy WHS guidelines in the technology classroom.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the functional and aesthetic requirements of textiles for a range of applications;

2. Develop practical skills in design, patternmaking and manipulation of textiles through the use of current technologies, including computer linked machines;

3. Apply knowledge and understanding of the properties and performance of textiles to the development and manufacture of textile items;

4. Build experimentation skills and critically analyse the discriminatory selection of textiles for specific end uses;

5. Discuss the Australian Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Allied industries;

6. Appreciate the significance of textiles in society;

7. Understand the subject-specific textiles literacy requirements for Stage 5 & Stage 6 textiles and Design;

8. Understand how to design challenging, engaging and supportive lessons and lesson sequences.


  • Skills for pattern making and the selection and application of materials, tools and techniques.
  • Functional and aesthetic properties and the elements and principles of design, as they relate to textiles.
  • Design skills demonstrated through a range of graphical design mediums.
  • Properties and performance and end use of advanced textile fibre, yarn and fabrics.
  • Costuming and historical/cultural and contemporary design issues and processes.
  • Patterns for garment manufacturing.
  • Year 7-10 textiles folio, from a set design brief, to be used as a teaching resource.
  • Risks of injury and WHS in textile laboratories.
  • The Australian Textiles Clothing Footwear and Allied Industries.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1 - Contemporary Eco Fashion Designer

Project: Assignment 2 - Practical Textiles Project

Project: Assignment 3 - Digital Story Board and A3 Poster

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

May be run in day-long workshops.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.