University of Technology Sydney

83121 Fashion Communication: An Introduction

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject introduces the visual language of fashion through digital and freehand modes of communication. Students study the human body through life drawing and the basic rendering techniques required. Students are also introduced to digital means of representing mark-making and an understanding of the computer environment.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. apply the fundamental elements of drawing and its potential use into freehand and digital modes
2. develop specific knowledge and skills in freehand drawing and software for specific design tasks related to Fashion and Textile Design
3. demonstrate acquired skills in successfully rendering the human form.

Teaching and learning strategies

Weekly sessions of 2 hours illustration and 2 hours digital workshops. Face-to-face classes incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, discussions, studio activities and student presentations. These are complemented by independent student reading, reflection on studio work, and individual project work.

Content (topics)

The subject is facilitated through a series of drawing studios and computer workshops. Where relevant, information from each mode is shared to enhance the learning experience. The subject covers the following topic areas:

  • DDS development – Design Development Sketch
  • Fundamental elements of drawing
  • Line, form, texture, perspective, light and shade and proportion
  • Various mediums
  • Photoshop
  • Textile design and repeat systems
  • Texture mapping
  • Design layout
  • Scanning, importing, exporting, creating dimension using illustrations.


Assessment task 1: Illustration Submission

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Digital Submission

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 3: Combined Illustration and Digital Submission

Weight: 40%

Minimum requirements

  1. Students must achieve a 50% mark in the overall assessment for this subject.
  2. The Faculty of DAB expects students to attend 80% of all classes for all enrolled subjects. Achievement of the subject’s aims is difficult if classes are not attended. Where assessment tasks are to be presented personally in class attendance is mandatory.
  3. Pursuant to UTS rule 2.5.1 students who do not satisfy attendance requirements may be refused permission by the Responsible Academic Officer to be considered for assessment for this subject.

Required texts

N/A - notes will be presented to you in class from a variety of text books