Course Title: Research Strategies for Fashion

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Strategies for Fashion

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


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


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Saniyat Islam

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 9455

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with a range of research skills and the frameworks relevant to the global fashion industry.

You will develop appropriate research methodologies that can be employed in the fast paced fashion environment, relevant to business, creative and management agendas. You will investigate the role and process of primary and secondary research, including both qualitative and quantitative methods of data acquisition, validation and how the fashion industry approach a specific research area in a rigorous and ethical way.

This course is shared between MC213 Masters of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) and MC246 Masters of Fashion (Design).

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.
  • Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes to address specialist and non-specialist audiences while working with cultural differences in an appropriate manner.
  • 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:

  • Critically analyse and discuss major research methodologies relevant to fashion research
  • Demonstrate the capability to research and synthesise appropriate literature within the community of practice in fashion
  • Plan and propose research methodologies and evaluation methods specific to the requirements of your research topic.

Overview of Learning Activities

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

All lectures are delivered on the Brunswick campus.

Tutorials for MC213 Masters of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) are delivered on the Brunswick campus.

As part of the course program you will be engaged in workshops, interactive class activities, group discussions and class presentations.  Your scholarship will focus on specific fashion industry research topics derived from fashion industry, community organisations and or global fashion research opportunities.  

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 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, individually and/or in groups.

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.