Design & Textiles (A/T/M/V)

Course information

The Design & Textiles course focuses on design thinking and the application of the design process to create and develop practical solutions using textiles as a medium. This will empower students to utilise design thinking in different contexts.

Students learn about the design and related industries by exploring; fundamentals of design, emerging technologies, textile futures, history and culture, sustainability and ethics.

Students apply innovation, creativity, problem solving, collaboration and project management skills in making appropriate design solutions.

Design and Textiles is an interdisciplinary course of study and forms the basis for further education and employment in the design fields such as interior design or decoration, personal styling, fashion design, industrial design, costume design, production manufacture, architecture, landscape architecture and textile technologies.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Textiles? (pdf, 110kb)

Course pattern

Available as a Minor, Major, Major-Minor or Double Major

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Design Aesthetics

2

Design for Purpose

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Design Aesthetics

2

Design for a Purpose

3

Design to Futures

4

Design for Communication

Unit descriptions

Design Aesthetics

This unit examines the value of aesthetics and its relationship to design theory. Students engage with established methodologies for generating creative design concepts. They investigate and experiment with strategies for idea generation and product development, incorporating the medium of textiles.

Design for Purpose

This unit examines how designers create for an end purpose, using relevant criteria and considering the user’s experience. Students engage using a range of textile mediums to design solutions and create a product with consideration given to needs, purpose and product performance.

Design for Futures

This unit examines the future of design within the context of textiles. Students examine technological tools and processes to create solutions and/or products for the 21st century, with special consideration given to sustainability.

Design for Communication

This unit examines communication theories, methodologies and meanings within the area of design and textiles. Students develop skills in effectively disseminating ideas to convey visual messages in the design, making and promotion of solutions and/or textiles products. They utilise a range of tools to communicate and make meaning.