Course Title: Master Degree Project/Thesis A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Master Degree Project/Thesis A

Credit Points: 24

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Design


Course Coordinator: Robyn Healy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3894

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A recognised undergraduate degree with honours and/or relevant work experience. Applicants are normally required to attend an interview, submit evidence of their ability and experience, and demonstrate that they are able to pursue an independent investigation in their chosen area.

Course Description

The Master of Arts offers candidates the opportunity to undertake research relevant to the theory and/or practice of design for apparel, or related areas including future directions for the fashion industry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

• Effective communication: demonstrated ability to summarise, present and disseminate in cogent argument and to the accepted standard in appropriate industries, the dimensions and findings of a research project.
• Critical thinking: demonstrated capacity to scrutinise and evaluate and document knowledge in the relevant field/professional practice.
• Sound research management: demonstrated capacity to identify and frame a research enquiry and its sub-sets, to pose methods to investigate these, and to address difficulties arising throughout the research program
• Independent thinking: the demonstrated capacity to develop and evaluate a viable contention, and critically evaluate outcomes, especially the candidate’s own work.
• Awareness of and skills in appropriate technologies: demonstrated application of those technologies relevant to the discipline and the mode of enquiry, including ICTs, artistic and professional technologies, and work practices.
• Reflecting on learning: demonstrated capacity to engage with identified learning goals, through which the research is undertaken, and to critically evaluate the development and application of own skills.

• Effective communication
• Critical thinking
• Sound research management:
• Independent thinking
• Awareness of and skills in appropriate technologies
• Reflect on learning

Overview of Learning Activities

Ongoing participation in Graduate Research Conferences (GRC), interim reviews and meetings with supervisor(s)

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University Library supports the teaching, learning and research of the University. The Library works to meet the needs of students and staff, providing services, facilities and study space. Further recommended reading is provided in the induction kit and through the supervisor and panel reviews.

Overview of Assessment

During your time as a research candidate you are graded as ‘NEX’. This means that the grades are withheld until such time that you are examined, recommended for a pass and have submitted your final archive. A progress report is a written report from the chair of your panel/supervisor when you present at either a GRC or interim presentation or a written report from your supervisor. To continue with your program you need to consistently receive satisfactory progress reports.