• Class Number 3021
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Rebekah Davis
    • Lucy Irvine
    • Dr Sally Blake
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces students to basic textile surface treatments, including mineral and plant dyes, resist techniques and stitch. The conceptual underpinning of dye and surface decoration is introduced through discussion of historical and contemporary examples. Through research and experimentation with these techniques students will develop skills and knowledge relating to the rich historical, social and cultural meanings embedded in these processes and produce creative and conceptual projects.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate creative exploration, experimentation and integration of ideas, materials and
  2. techniques through group and individual studio projects
  3. Demonstrate technical competency in a range of dyeing, stitching and surface manipulation processes
  4. Recognise and work with relationships between concepts and processes
  5. Identify historical and theoretical contexts relevant for workshop projects.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is taught with methods and processes that pertain to practice-led research. Students will engage in hands-on research in the studio, as well as contextual research. The course equips students to creatively integrate practice and concepts through exploration of materials and techniques and to identify historical and theoretical concepts for their work.

Additional Course Costs

Students will be required to purchase a list of basic equipment and materials to undertake the course projects. An equipment list will be handed out in the first week of class.

?Students will be required to provide some basic equipment and materials to undertake the course projects – a visual diary, notebook, camera if taking photos, additional materials for own project. Additional materials and suppliers can be discussed with the lecturer in class.

Examination Material or equipment

Examinations will be conducted via a session in which the student displays all work and visual diaries/journals completed during the semester and discusses these with the assessors/workshop lecturers. In addition to the physical presentation of studio work, students may use a laptop, tablet or similar to present supporting materials.  

Required Resources

Workshop fees are paid at the start of each semester. This fee covers basic class materials and studio consumables. Students are able to purchase additional materials from the textiles workshop. 

Wattle. Please make sure your Wattle email details are correct as this is how I will contact you to let you know that resources, assignments etc. are available, or if there are any changes to the course schedule.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Individual consultations with lecturer
  • Class group critiques
  • Formal review and assessment sessions
  • Students are encouraged to seek additional feedback throughout the semester 

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements:

Please see the CASS referencing guidelines at: https://academicskills.anu.edu.au/resources/handouts/referencing-style-guides

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course introduction, OHS briefing
2 Dye and Surface Manipulation tasks and projects
3 Dye and Surface Manipulation tasks and projects
4 Dye and Surface Manipulation tasks and projects
5 Dye and Surface Manipulation group tasks and projects
6 Mid-semester review Dye and Surface Manipulation group taught tasks and projects Mid-semester Review
7 ANZAC Day, no class
8 Studio Theory Presentations Dye and Surface Manipulation group taught tasks and projects
9 Studio Theory Presentations Self-led projects
10 Studio Theory Presentations Self-led projects
11 Studio Theory Presentations Self-led projects
12 Final group crit Final Crit session

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Portfolio of studio work plus visual diaries & other support materials 80 % 30/05/2019 14/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Studio Theory Notebook and Class Presentation 20 % 30/05/2019 14/06/2019 1, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


The expectation for this course is 9-10 hours each week:

  • Studio teaching time is 4 hours per week, from 1pm to 5pm on Thursdays. (This is part of your 80% studio mark)
  • Students should expect to spend at least an additional 3-4 hours per week experimenting with processes, project development and documentation.
  • Students who have paid their access fees will have access to the workshop outside of scheduled class time (please refer to the workshp for details surrounding access and WH&S requirements).
  • On top of this practical studio time, students are expected to spend 2 hours each week undertaking studio theory research

Students are expected to attend all classes and to contribute to class discussions and critique sessions. 

?Students are also expected to attend and participate in Textiles Workshop critiques, and OHS-related activities such as studio clean-up sessions which may be scheduled during the semester. These components will be considered as part of the Studio Assessment of 80%. 


Final assessment for this course will be conducted by viva voce exam, in which the student presents all work completed during the semester, including developmental works, samples, journal, notebooks. Students are expected to discuss this work in relation to the course rubric.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 30/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 14/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Portfolio of studio work plus visual diaries & other support materials

Portfolio and visual diaries demonstrating completion of all Studio-based Projects, This should also include your technical tests and sampling, ideas development, experiments and individual project outcomes.

Value of Task: 80%

Learning outcomes: 1-4

Assessment rubric: See rubric below

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 14/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4

Studio Theory Notebook and Class Presentation

1.   Studio theory journal (10%)

Over the course of the semester students will keep a notebook or journal covering their research into artists, designers, exhibitions and readings. 

This research should support your exploration and interests pursued through studio-based projects, and demonstrate a growing knowledge of creative, cultural and technical practices more generally.

Use your journals to develop ways of answering the following questions:

  • What are you interested in?! What conceptual material or technical problems do you need to resolve or practice for your studio projects? Who else has tackled these ideas, materials and processes? How did they go about it? What can you learn and apply from them?
  • Explore textile practice through contemporary and historical references, how do these effect your ideas and expand the context of what you are making and learning?

In addition to your written analysis you should include photos, sketches and other visual material such as images from the exhibition, invitation cards, flyers and room brochures, images from the internet or magazines, digital pics you have taken etc. 

2.   Class presentation (10%)

Students will be required to give a 10 minute Powerpoint Presentation on a topic allocated by the lecturer at the beginning of semester

Value of Task: 20%

Learning outcomes: 1 and 4

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission


Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.


Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Students will take works with them following assessment. Journals and other documentation will be collected at the time of assessment and returned the following week

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Where students work is considered to be of an unsatisfactory standard, lecturers may request resubmission of all or part of the portfolio or journals/notebooks

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Rebekah Davis
26125 9586

Research Interests

Dr Rebekah Davis

Tuesday 14:00 16:00
Lucy Irvine
26125 5803

Research Interests

Lucy Irvine

Dr Sally Blake
26125 5803

Research Interests

Dr Sally Blake

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