Course Title: Fashion Design Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Studio 1

Credit Points: 24.00


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 2019

Course Coordinator: Jo Cramer

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2271

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of design, designing, pattern making and garment construction. You will develop an applied understanding of these areas through a series of practical exercises and projects focussing on lower body garments. In the final project you will extend your learning by producing a prototype garment utilising skills and techniques from research and design through to pattern making, construction and communication.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

2. Apply conceptual, critical and creative thinking that addresses relevant issues and informs imaginative and innovative design proposals, so you can make advanced decisions independently with clarity and maturity.
4. 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
5. 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

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

  1. Develop and apply skills in creative and technical research to inform the generation of fashion design outcomes.
  2. Relate 2D and 3D design ideas to the body
  3. Realise pattern making and garment construction techniques for lower body garments
  4. Use visual communication skills within a design process to express a range of fashion design outcomes
  5. Communicate your developing reflective practice


Overview of Learning Activities

This course consists of information sessions, studio workshops, student presentations and practical experimental exercises. You will be guided through class exercises covering the principles of design, pattern cutting and garment construction. Projects, exercises and research will be set for the learner directed hours. All briefs including the majority of experimental exercises will be interpreted individually.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided access to specialized studios and equipment.
Some materials are purchased on your behalf at wholesale prices.
A materials fee will be charged for these resources.
Texts will be recommended with reference to specific study areas. You will be required to cover expenses for some specialised equipment such as pattern making rulers and 2D design materials. These will generally be available through the RMIT Campus store and will be a one off purchase for personal equipment for the program duration.

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 minor tasks assessed progressively during the semester and a major project assessed at end of the semester panel review during weeks 14-16.  Specific times and dates for this panel review will be given in class.

The assessment weighting is shared between assignments as follows:

  1. fashion for everybody presentation 10%  due week 4, 
  2. the designer's sketchbook submission 25% due week 6
  3. fashion for the standard body submission 15% due week 9
  4. denim narratives major project presentation 50% due week 14-16 tbc.

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 Equitable Learning Service 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: