Course Title: Introduction to Fashion and Textiles Materials and Products

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Fashion and Textiles Materials and Products

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Olga Troynikov

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9108

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The fashion and textile industry is diverse and complex.  In order to thrive in it, you will benefit from having some fundamental knowledge of key concepts and terminology.

The Introduction to Fashion & Textile Materials and Products course has been specifically designed to enable you to gain a wide appreciation of the many facets of the total ‘textile pipeline’ from fibre to fabric to finished garment.

In this course you will explore topics such as: the fundamental classification of fibres, the chemical and physical properties of fibres, major methods of yarn production, yarn structures and properties, the properties and qualities of various knitted and woven fabrics, fabric finishing and the diversity of the dyeing and printing industry, and the fundamentals of garment construction. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will develop the following capabilities through this course:
•  Problem solving
•  Technology
•  Communication

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
•  Appreciate the many facets of the total ‘textile pipeline’.
•  Understand the complexities of the fashion and textile industry from fibre to finished garment.
•  Analyse and evaluate a variety of fibres, fabrics and finishes.
•  Understand and identify ‘quality’ in fashion and textile product development.
•  Present written, visual and verbal reports

Overview of Learning Activities

The course consists of a series of lectures and tutorials.

In tutorials you will be engaged in hands-on interactive class activities, and group discussions.

Guest lecturers are integrated into the course where possible. 

Industry excursions provide valuable exposure to the processes and techniques currently in use in the F & T industry.

Overview of Learning Resources

As part of the learning in this course you will be directed to lecture and tutorial notes, and other related information on the fashion and textile industry through links in MyRMIT. You will also have access to the technical testing lab and library resources.

Overview of Assessment

The assessments are directly linked to the learning outcomes in the course. Assessment may include practical exercises, a major assignment/report and a formal class presentation.

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.

An assessment 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 and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc