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

Course Coordinator: Barbara Kuczuk

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9436

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.2.01

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to textiles, fibres, yarns and fabrics that are commonly used in the fashion and textiles industry. You will learn to identify and assess the suitability of fabrics to product end-use and investigate the current environmental and social issues in the production of fashion materials.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • A broad theoretical knowledge with some depth in fashion materials and marketing leading to merchandising fashion products both locally and globally
  • Apply and creatively adapt a body of theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in sourcing requirements to meet cultural and social needs of the target market
  • Identify, analyse and reflect on trends in fashion and textiles either locally or globally
  • Develop fashion and textiles products and present to peers or potential clients.

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

  • Name and describe commonly used fibres and discuss their performance properties
  • Identify commonly used yarns and explain their effect on fabric character
  • Identify commonly used fabrications of fabrics and describe their qualities
  • Describe commonly used finishes applied to fashion fabrics and display an understanding of how finishing affects fabric quality, performance and appearance
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between fibre, yarn, fabrication, colouration and finishes
  • Apply knowledge to be able to make appropriate decisions related to product end use.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in a range of learning activities including lectures, tutorials, class discussion, presentations, activities related to work integrated learning as well as self-directed learning.

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 online 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 (Brunswick).

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 individual in-class tests and assignments and a work integrated learning project.  Ongoing feedback will be provided to enable you to monitor your own performance including detailed feedback on assessed 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 summarizes your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment policies and procedures.