Course Title: Fashion Studies 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Studies 1

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 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Liliana Pomazan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9017

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the historical and contemporary developments in fashion design from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. You will develop research skills by exploring the significant cultural, social, technological, and ethical issues that drive these developments in fashion.

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:

1. Identify and discuss key developments in fashion design that have taken place from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century.
2. Demonstrate fundamental research skills in contextualising these key developments in their cultural and historical context.
3. Present research findings both independently and in collaboration with others.


Overview of Learning Activities

The lectures will introduce you to the history of fashion design over the past century and more, and place these developments in the context of social, cultural, artistic, and technological changes.
Tutorials will build on this knowledge through class discussion, presentations and workshops, 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 will include: 

  1. Lecture quizzes, 20%, CLO 1
  2. 1 group presentation, 30%, CLO 1, 2 & 3
  3. Essay plan, 0%, CLO 1 & 2 
  4. Essay, 1,500 words, 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.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: