Course Title: Fashion Design Professional Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Professional Practice 1

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GRAP2453

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

GRAP2453

City Campus

Undergraduate

350H Fashion & Textiles

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

GRAP2671

Brunswick Campus

Undergraduate

350H Fashion & Textiles

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Jo Cramer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2782

Course Coordinator Email: jo.cramer@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: email for an appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

This course introduces you to the Australian fashion industry by investigating the systems of manufacture that produce fashion collections for different levels of the market. Through an analysis of market segmentation, branding and manufacturing processes, you will be able to critically evaluate the quality of garment production in the context of consumer expectations. 

You will undertake independent market research to acquaint yourself with the local retail landscape and develop basic report writing skills. A simulated WIL project will give you a practical understanding of the fundamental communication and documentation strategies that facilitate the production of fashion collections and build your personal communication skills by fostering positive collaborative working relationships between you and your peers.
 

During the course, you will have the opportunity to travel on an optional study tour (self-funded) to Vietnam, enabling you to experience first-hand ‘off-shore’ garment manufacturing processes. Further information about this tour will be presented at the commencement of the course.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

1.Operate professionally critically, and ethically in local and /or global practice within fashion design or across design boundaries
2.Gain insight into your own creativity, and develop efficient work practices to allow you to plan, produce and deliver fashion projects either as an independent design practitioner or in a team environment within a small, medium or large organization
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 the course you will be able to:

  • undertake independent market research
  • analyse the Australian fashion retail market
  • articulate your research and analysis in a report format
  • articulate a detailed knowledge of garment manufacturing processes
  • develop documentation and specifications relevant to garment production processes
  • operate productively and ethically within individual and collaborative projects
     


Overview of Learning Activities

Overview of Learning Activities
Lecture series:
Presented by the course leaders and industry guests, the lecture series will introduce you to the key concepts of fashion industry with a particular focus on how garments are produced.

Tutorials:
The tutorial series will facilitate smaller workshops and in-depth class discussions of industry issues.
Activities undertaken in the tutorials will expand on topics presented in the lecture series through short exercises, presentations and group discussions.

In addition, students participating in the study tour to Vietnam will observe garment industry manufacturing processes through visiting factories, designers’ studios and retail precincts, attending presentations and discussions with industry representatives, designers and Fashion and Textiles staff and students at RMIT Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City.

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Overview of Learning Resources

Technical reference books, trade publications and magazines will be recommended as required and as specified by lecturers for individual project areas.
You are encouraged to access Library resources in an ongoing way.
Course and project resources will be available online.
There are no prescribed texts.


Overview of Assessment

The varied nature of the learning activities offered demands your ongoing class participation to achieve the course objectives. You will receive regular reviews of progress during the course and formative feedback on your academic progress.
Assessment focuses upon your demonstrated ability to:
• express an understanding of the fashion system and the role of the designer
• establish an appreciation of making and manufacturing processes
• articulate an awareness of current issues in the fashion industry
• operate productively and critically within individual and collaborative projects