Course Title: Fashion Studies 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Studies 2

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2014


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Liliana Pomazan & Alexandra Sherlock

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9017 / 9925 9334

Course Coordinator Email: &

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course GRAP2662 - Fashion Studies 1 before you commence this course.

Course Description

This course will expand your knowledge of the history of fashion design by exploring diverse practices,theories, and experiences of fashion and dress, in a range of social, cultural and artistic contexts. Throughout a series of themed weekly lectures and tutorials, you will be introduced o a range of key theories and concepts that can be applied as tools to analyse the many practices involved in making fashion. Fashion theory is an interdisciplinary field in academia that seeks to understand what fashion is,what it does and how it works. In doing this, fashion theorists use the work of a range of social, cultural, historical, psychological and philosophical thinkers who may,or may not, have written about fashion themselves. As designers, fashion theory enables us to better comprehend the dynamics of fashion so that we may achieve the critical distance necessary to rethink or change it. Fashion theory therefore enables us not only to understand what fashion is but also what it could be.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Reflect upon and assess the global context of the fashion system, so as to apply your advanced skills for life-long learning and enable you to confidently contribute to an industry that is always evolving.
  • Engage in research within the broader context of design, utilising digital and information systems, discipline specific discourse, conceptual frameworks, evaluation of relevant issues and with reference to the work of others in the field.
  • Apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge across the fashion discipline.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

. Investigate key developments in the relationship between fashion and dress
. Analyse these key developments in their cultural and historical context.
. Present research findings both independently and in collaboration with others.

Overview of Learning Activities

The lectures will introduce you to a range of key theories and concepts related to fashion design. They will expand your knowledge of the history of fashion design by exploring diverse practices, theories, and experiences of fashion and dress, in a range of social, cultural and artistic contexts.  Tutorials will also build on this knowledge through class discussion and presentations, and introduce you to essential academic research, writing, and presentation skills.

Overview of Learning Resources


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Recommended learning resources, such books, journal articles, and web-based resources, will be suggested to you by lecturers and tutors. Library resources will be introduced to you, and you will be expected to source material relevant to your own research. RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion design students 

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Michelle Matheson

Overview of Assessment


You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include:

  1. Lecture Quizzes, weeks 2 to 11.  Online - 15 minutes each, 25% CLO 1.
  2. 1 group presentation, 30 minutes each, 25%, CLO 1, 2 & 3
  3. Essay plan presentation, 7 minutes, 0%, CLO 1, 2 & 3
  4. Essay, 2,000 words, 50%, CLO 1, 2 & 3

Formative and summative feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: 

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