University of Technology Sydney

83233 Visualising Fashion 2

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

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


This subject builds on students' proficiencies gained in earlier subjects to develop an understanding of the visual modes of fashion and textile design.

Within the illustration module students are introduced to key contemporary fashion illustrators and explore a diversity of mediums and rendering techniques as a way to generate detailed fashion range drawings. Illustration is a critical communication tool in fashion practice and students are encouraged to refine their skills in order to accurately communicate design ideas and detail. The digital component of the subject enables students to translate hand rendered fashion illustrations and technical drawings using industry standard software such as Adobe. Students are introduced to new modes of presenting their illustrative work to extend their fashion and textile practice.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Effectively apply visual and verbal presentation skills for both illustration and digital components of the subject
2. Develop an original design aesthetic through experimenting with illustration and digital practices
3. Apply creative approaches to technology based activities
4. Apply appropriate levels of technical skills in both illustration and digital components of the subject
5. Utilise effective time management to meet deadlines
6. Develop research skills to support design development

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Effectively communicate concepts in fashion and textiles in performative, oral, visual and written forms (C.2)
  • Respond to constructive criticism and feedback (C.3)
  • Develop an original aesthetic sensibility (I.1)
  • Demonstrate an ability to adapt technology and materials creatively (I.3)
  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire, use and integrate relevant technical skills into creative projects. (P.2)
  • Effectively manage time to complete projects with accuracy, rigour and care (P.4)
  • Accuracy, rigour and care (P.5)
  • Analyse and synthesise knowledge in both visual and written forms to undertake in-depth research. (R.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The term CAPRI is used for the five Design, Architecture and Building faculty graduate attribute categories where:

C = communication and groupwork

A = attitudes and values

P = practical and professional

R = research and critique

I = innovation and creativity.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs) are linked to these categories using codes (e.g. C-1, A-3, P-4, etc.).

Teaching and learning strategies


Your Tutor will offer constructive feedback weekly in your Zoom/face-to-face Computer Lab and Studio session. Within these sessions students will receive on the spot instruction and support from their Tutor as well as having many opportunities to discuss their ideas with their peers and engage in self-evaluation.

Formal written feedback will be provided for each of the assessment tasks and will be available from REVIEW.

Preparatory activities:

Preparation activities will vary week-to-week. Some weeks will involve engaging with resources such as videos, websites, readings or self-directed learning exercises. Preparatory activities will be listed in the subject outline; and Canvas Modules or they will be emailed to you the week prior. To make the most of your studio time and feedback session with the Tutor, it is important that preparatory activities as Process Tasks are completed prior to class.

Engaging in Studios:

Students are encouraged to prepare themselves each week by addressing the preparatory activities or researching the topic. There will be opportunities for students to ask questions, clarify issues, explore ideas and create discussion.

The tutorial Zoom/face-to-face sessions will involve meeting with the tutor/s weekly to discuss your research, concepts and design progress and weekly feedback will be discussed with students and documented.

Independent and self-managed learning:

There is ongoing encouragement for students to learn from each other as well as reflect on their experiences through computer lab and studio discussions. These are facilitated through the materials available on Canvas Modules.

The requirement for self-directed learning and time-management (in and out of class) mirrors the requirements of professional practice. Self-management strategies and independent learning are crucial to continuing development as a design practitioner. The subject outline will provide you with a guide regarding weekly requirements; it will be up to students to adhere to the week-by-week program.

Collaborative opportunities:

Collaborative tasks involve sharing your illustrative and design ideas in Zoom/face-to-face sessions. The format of this collaboration will be documented within your design journal each week addressing questions or problems outlined in your studio class, which will involve offering and receiving constructive criticism.

Workshop activities include: visual and technical research, illustration and photography. Students will develop weekly work to be documented and uploaded to a website, including work process, visual and written research and design development of their Assessment tasks.

*Where relevant, design projects from the core study subjects of fashion are used as the basis for projects and exercises in these studios.

Content (topics)

  • Continue to develop communication of fashion concepts through fashion illustration
  • Developing drawing and digital modes of expressing visual ideas for fashion
  • Develop contemporary design aesthetics in regard to layout of fashion concepts
  • Understanding the value of reflection and critical analysis of finished design outcomes through peer review
  • Continue to understand how to apply a professional approach to your work


Assessment task 1: Mixed Media Illustration of the Fashion Figure


This assessment task is aimed at developing your hand fashion illustration skills, using mixed media and exploring a personal fashion illustration style. You will be lead through a series of weekly tasks to refresh your learning from last semester Fashion Illustration Fundamentals 1, and build on this work to enhance your skills. This Assessment Task will follow your progress across these tasks and assess your abilities in a series of final professional fashion illustrations which bring into focus different archetypal fashion bodies.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 4, 5 and 6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.3, I.1, P.2, P.5 and R.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%

Assessment task 2: Digital Fashion


This project continues to develop your understanding of the visual language of fashion and textile design into digital programs and the creative use of digital programs in communicating and illustrating fashion. Building on the skills you have developed in drawing the dressed body, you will now develop proficiency in rendering using adobe programs, communicating fashion across 2D and 3D visual work. This will include building on your fashion illustration techniques, use of digital patterns for garments and tech sketches. In digital studios, you will explore presentation techniques and correct file preparation for translating garment designs and hand drawn illustrations into creative and professional layouts.

In the development of this work you will be working on the one fashion look, creating detailed and industry appropriate tech sketches of two of the garments, creating speculative digital patterns for these two garments and designing a placement and repeat print to be manipulated on these patterns.

In-class progress is taken into consideration for assessment, involves students demonstrating progress in-class week-to-week, responding to feedback, and undertaking preparatory activities where applicable.

Assessment 2 Brief can be downloaded from UTSOnline/Subject Documents. This includes complete information for this assessment. Assessment criteria is available at any time in the REVIEW assessment system at


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2, I.1, I.3, P.2, P.4 and R.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%

Minimum requirements

This subject requires students to attend a minimum of 80% of face-to-face classes for both Illustration and Digital components of the subject. The subject has 2 assessment tasks which are to be submitted by the published due date which can be found on the subject outline within the week-by-week program and the project briefs. Copies of the subject outline and project briefs can be accessed and downloaded from UTSonline in the subject documents folder.

The DAB attendance policy requires students to attend no less than 80% of formal teaching sessions (lectures and tutorials) for each class they are enrolled in to remain eligible for assessment.

Required texts

Class notes and handouts are available within the Subject Document folder on UTSonline. Folders are labeled week-by-week and students are expected to read each weeks notes or watched selected Lynda tutorials prior to class.

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Recommended texts

Barnard, M, 1996, Fashion as Communication, Routledge, New York

Berthoud, Francois, 2011, Francois Berthoud Studio: the art of fashion illustration, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Germany

Borrelli, L, 2000, Fashion Illustration Now, Thames & Hudson, London

Downton, D, 2010, Masters of fashion illustration, Laurence King, London

Glenville, T, 2013, New Icons of fashion illustration, Laurence King, London

Kiper, A, 2010, Fashion Illustration: inspiration and technique, David and Charles

Mora, G, 1998, PhotoSpeak: A guide to the ideas, movements, and techniques of photography, 1st ed., Abbeville Press Publishers, New York

Noble, I, Bestley, R, 2002, Experimental Layout Crans-Près-Céligny, Hove, RotoVision

Sanders, M, Poynter, P, Derrick, R (eds), 2000, The Impossible Image: Fashion photography in the digital age, Phaidon, London

Seaman, J, 1995, Professional Fashion Illustration, B.T. Batsford, London

Tain, L, 1998, Portfolio Presentation for Fashion Designers, Fairchild Publications, New York

Tallon, K, 2008, Digital fashion illustration with illustrator and photoshop, Batsford, London

Walker, S, 2001, Typography and Language in Everyday Life: Prescriptions and practices, Harlow, England, Longman, New York

Weinmann, E, Lourekas, P, 2003, Illustrator for Windows & Macintosh, Visual Quickstart Series, Peachpit Press, Berkeley, CA

Wills, S, 1997, Computer Tips for Artists, Designers, and Desktop Publishers, 1st ed, Norton & Co, New York

The following websites are recommended.

Other resources

Prior to Week 1 students are required to set-up a Pintrest account. Each week you will be required to source and 'pin' 3-4 new illustrators. Title your board with YOUR name (example) Alana Clifton-Cunningham 83721: Fashion Illustration Exploration

Pin images of the the illustrators work along with:

-the illustrators name

-where the illustrator is from

-the year of the illustration

-materials utilised (or guess if necessary)

*Additional information will be given in class when you commence in week 1.