Course Title: Fashion Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Materials

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350T Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Barbara Kuczuk, Paul Castro

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9195

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.2.01

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not applicable

Course Description


Knowledge of the range and variety of textiles used in fashion products is essential to successful merchandising in the textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry.
This course aims to provide you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to identify fibres and fabrics commonly used in fashion garments and accessories. You will learn to research, identify and assess the suitability of fabrics to product end-use, identify all the components and related costs required for the manufacture of specific TCF merchandise, and plan production timelines. In addition, you will learn how to think and reflect critically about fibers and fabrics and work within a collaborative environment to enable you to make appropriate business decisions. This course will also develop your ability to understand current environmental and social issues in relation to fashion and textiles.
You will develop the following capabilities to:
1. Research and identify client needs for fashion products.
2. Research sourcing to meet cultural and social needs of the target market.
3. Think critically and work independently as a fashion and textiles merchandising professional.
4. Work collaboratively with other professionals in a team-based environment to solve work related problems and make decisions.

You will explore the different influences in fashion from history to social movements, from media to art and technology. You will learn about trend forecasting and how this important tool is used in building ranges. Finally, you will learn the actual steps required in building a range. Skills and knowledge learnt with be utilised in a major project, developing a range for a well known Australian retailer.
In this course you will strengthen your ability to work collaboratively with other professionals internally or externally and resolve work related issues. Communication techniques and skills to present design concepts will also play a major role.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course is designed to assist you to:
• Identify fibres and fabrics.
• Describe fabric construction processes and qualities of fabrics.
• Determine uses of fabrics.
• Identify types and characteristics of textile materials.
• Identify stages of processing fibres or yarns.
• Describe methods of constructing textile products.

Identify the major influences in fashion
• Analyse the trend forecasting process
• Evaluate the processes required to build a range
• Obtain basic fashion industry vocabulary

This course helps contribute to the development of capabilities through the achievement of the following learning outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Handle and assess the quality of fabric
• Make appropriate decisions on fabrics selection for fashion production.
• Be aware of current environmental and social issues in relation to Fashion and Textiles

• Understand the product development process
• Understand and identify the major factors that influence fashion
• Utilize fashion forecast tools
• Build a commercial and cohesive range

Overview of Learning Activities


A variety of learning activities will be used to assist students achieve the learning outcomes. Students are expected to actively participate in lectures, tutorials and complete assessment tasks.
 Observe and investigate fibre, yarn and fabric characteristics (Problem solving)
 Research, collect and analyse data on fabrics and their uses (Planning and organising)
 Group discussion on fibre, yarn and fabric qualities (Teamwork)
 Work in a group to brainstorm and provide feedback on fabric findings (Teamwork and initiative and enterprise)
 Use technology to prepare assignments (Communication and technology)
 Use Self evaluation quizzes (Learning)
 Use On-line activities (Technology)

Overview of Learning Resources


Text books, DVDs, LectureLibrary, Internet, Magazine and International and Local Retail/Brand Research.  Fashion Forecasting websites and Magazines

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the learning objectives. A range of assessment tasks includes folio work, class exercise, research and tests, image bank, visual diary and mood and story board creation These assignments will develop your research skills and eye for detail, as well as initiate you into image composition and visual material. You will also learn to use  forecasting resources and to have a better understanding of the forecasting process and how it is applied into product development. Finally, you will learn to develop a range that reflects the style of a well known Australian retailer. The assessment will occur throughout the course, enabling you to monitor your own performance and receive feedback about your progress.