Course Title: Fashion Studies 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Studies 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Liliana Pomazan

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 9017

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: via appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course GRAP2663 Fashion Studies 2 before you commence this course..

Course Description

The Fashion Studies 3 course addresses the history and theory of fashion and is offered to you in the third year of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Hons).  This course builds upon your previous planned learning experiences in history, critical theory and cultural analysis related to design disciplines.  Fashion Studies 3 provides the opportunity for you to research, analyse and consider the greater social and cultural issues that influence design. You are able to draw on specific information and knowledge gained in your studies and apply these to your own research. This course supports and complements your learning in Fashion Design Studios and Professional Practice courses.  You will interface with peers and staff in lectures and tutorials to gain a varied and in depth understanding of research topics related to key concerns impacting on the futures of fashion design practices, consumption and production of ideas and products.



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

• Apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge across the fashion discipline.
• 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, conceptual frame- works, evaluation of relevant issues and with reference to the work of others in the field.

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

1. Situate fashion within a nexus of culture, history, politics and economic change.
2. Develop an advancing ability to use theoretical and political perspectives to critically evaluate 20th and 21st Century fashion practices.
3. Communicate research outcomes to a professional and authoritative standard, both independently and in collaboration with others.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course aims to further your skills in the areas of research, cultural analysis, critical evaluation and design theory.  Fashion Studies 3  will provide you with a diverse range of learning experiences. These experiences will combine self-directed research, analysis, reflection, peer interaction and discussion with staff-led presentations. Lectures, tutorials and interactive class activities provide the platform for information sharing, analysis, application and evaluation of concepts. You  will be required to undertake thorough research into your area of interest using a diverse range of research methods.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources.  You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. The University Library has extensive resources for fashion design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

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. Assessments will include:

  1. Scholarly reading and interpretation, 30%, CLO 2&3
  2. Lecture quizzes, 20%, CLO 2&3
  3. Essay Plan 0% CLO 2&3
  4. 3,000 word essay, 50%, CLO 1,2&3

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.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: