Course Title: Future Forecasting for Creative Industries

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Future Forecasting for Creative Industries

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Claire Beale

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9411

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513.2.13 Brunswick campus

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



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 concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.  For further information refer to the RMIT Course Requisites Policy.

Course Description

Trend forecasting employs a mix of analytical skill and creative insight, to identify, track and predict social, cultural, economic and political shifts in consumer behaviours. This in turn influences and transforms the nature of contemporary design practice.

This course encompasses transformative, visionary and design-led theoretical approaches to forecasting for the future in the creative industries. In this course, you will develop your skills and knowledge of the theoretical methods and practical applications used by trend forecasters in fashion and textiles to research and analyse trends that influence the global creative industry.

Projects and other learning activities will provide you with the framework to recognise, analyse and predict emergent consumer trends, and develop a forecast package.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

● Select and apply a range of fashion and textiles trend forecasting methodologies appropriate for the global creative industry
● Identify and evaluate the potential impact of cultural, social, economic and technological components in the trend forecasting process
● Develop and present trend scenarios and forecasts appropriate to the global creative industries
● Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on broad theories and recent developments, both local and international, to demonstrate your knowledge and practice of forecasting in the creative disciplines

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will take a blended approach in its delivery with learning activities that include; online delivery, lectures held on the Brunswick campus, practical exercises, group discussions, and face-to-face tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  There is access to web based fashion and textile forecast information, library resources, computer laboratories, colour printers, photocopiers, studios and workshops for completing project outcomes.

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 Textile Design 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.

Overview of Assessment

This course has been developed in reference to the BATD assessment guide available through BP121 Mystudies - Canvas.

Please refer to the guide in order to familiarise yourself with program assessment methods. At the beginning of each project you will receive a copy of the: brief, teaching schedule and assessment rubric.  The rubric should be consulted regularly, as it allows you to self assess and manage your progress.  It will be used by your course lecturer/s to assess your project work upon completion. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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

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 Manager or the Equitable Learning Services 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 lecturers.

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