Course Title: Sustainable Product Design and Development for Fashion

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Product Design and Development for Fashion

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


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

Course Coordinator: Kate Kennedy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99259257

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Brunswick

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge:
Knowledge of materials, processes and fashion and textiles products. An understanding of key processes involved in the design and manufacture of fashion and textile products. 

Course Description

This course introduces you to the implications of materials and processes used within the fashion and textiles industry. You will explore a range of sustainability principles that address lifecycle assessment, including eco-footprint analysis, embedded energy and environmental impact and undertake the assessment of various design products.

You will investigate and get to apply strategies around product design and development concerning customer expectations and global market requirements, product appearance, aesthetics, and performance and technical requirements.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Research and creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice in fashion entrepreneurship.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, at a micro and macro level, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in fashion entrepreneurship.
  • Provide strategic leadership to effectively plan and manage the implementation of new directions and strategies within your professional field and environment, as well as effectively collaborate with others.
  • Investigate emergent global entrepreneurial issues and strategically respond to their impact in the fashion and textiles industry.

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

  • Compare and contrast holistic approaches to sustainable fashion product creation and systems within a global context
  • Interpret and differentiate the principles of sustainability within the fashion and textiles industry
  • Critically review current fashion and textiles systems and environments and propose solutions that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable
  • Apply research and analytical skills to conduct market and product trend research so as to identify appropriate sustainable products and systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course consists of lectures and group tutorials.  Lectures will introduce key concepts and theories. Tutorials are used to gain practical experience applying the key principles.

As part of the course program you will be engaged in workshops, interactive class activities, group discussions, class presentations and a range of guest speakers.

Your scholarship will focus on specific fashion industry research topics derived from fashion industry, community organisations and or global fashion research in sustainability.

Reviewing current literature will enable completion of set tasks. Resources and online materials will be included to facilitate learning.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Weekly reading on myRMIT including: books, articles and web 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 Librarians.


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 as demonstrated in a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

Tasks may include: projects, journals, reports and presentations.

Formative and summative feedback will be given on all assessment tasks progressively throughout the semester.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced under ’Assessment’ at:

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 director or Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more information.