Course Title: Fashion Design Research A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Research A

Credit Points: 12


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 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Sean Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3891

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses GRAP2458 Fashion Design Studio 6 and GRAP2230 Fashion Studies 3 before you commence this course.

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to enrol concurrently in co-requisite courses.  For your information please refer to RMIT Course Requisites policy

Course Description

In this course you will further develop critical skills in the gathering, analysis, assessment and presentation of knowledge in the philosophy, theory and practice of fashion design, as well as its historical, social and cultural contexts. You will also acquire advanced knowledge of current research projects in fashion design. By the end of the course you will have developed a proposal for a research thesis or project, on a topic of your own choosing in consultation with the lecturers.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• The ability to apply conceptual, critical and creative thinking that addresses relevant issues and informs imaginative and innovative design proposals, so that you can make advanced decisions independently with clarity and maturity
• The ability to reflect upon and assess the global context of fashion, so as to apply your advanced skills for life-long learning and enable you to contribute confidently to an ever-evolving industry
• The ability to engage in research within the broader context of design, utilising digital and information systems, discipline-specific discourse, conceptual frame-works, with reference to the work of others in the field
• The ability to develop an effective leadership ethos that extends awareness of the global, social, cultural and ethical values of design

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Initiate and develop a research thesis or project in the philosophy, theory, practice, history and/or sociology of fashion design, both independently and in consultation and collaboration with other researchers in the field
• Gather, analyse, assess and present knowledge gained through research, in a form appropriate to the nature of the thesis or project, including as an oral/visual presentation and a formal, written proposal
• Formulate research questions and develop a research methodology appropriate to the thesis or project
• Summarize, analyse and evaluate current and/or historical research in the field, in the form of a literature review
• Demonstrate, where appropriate, a critical understanding of the relationship between fashion design research and fashion design practice, and knowledge of the role and importance of ethics and responsibility to a research project

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered in a range of formats, which may include lectures by staff and guests, interactive tutorials & seminars, workshops, field trips, student presentations and individual consultations. It will also require a high degree of self-directed research.

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 and Textiles students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Fashion and Textiles Library Guides

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 an oral & visual presentation, a folio of research development, and a written research proposal for a thesis or project.  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: