Course Title: Advanced Fashion Design Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Fashion Design Studio 1

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Ricarda Bigolin

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 3555

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Global and industry immersion

This first major studio course provides insights into the global world of fashion.  The key component of your studio brief is to immerse yourself in innovative and forward thinking industry and collaborative projects.  These provide the opportunity for global mobility, including projects with international brands and the potential for overseas internships and study tours to support your research and creative ideas.  You will evolve concepts for a fashion industry brief that involves an engaged, work integrated learning experience.  You will research and test design propositions against a series of different criteria.  You will progress ideas and generation of concepts for realisation and dissemination in Advanced Fashion Design Studio 2.

You may also work on projects in a cross disciplinary environment, working in teams with other students, including those from other design programs, or may gain experience interacting with an external company or oganisation relative to their area of inquiry.

This course is key to integrating 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 and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Apply conceptual, critical and creative thinking to industry led fashion design proposals
  • Apply exploratory design ideas and technical fashion knowledge within a simulated real world fashion industry experience
  • Immerse yourself in an industry brief to develop your own practice, as well as build your capacity to operate effectively and professionally within a team environment.

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

  • Provide design leadership to effectively plan and manage the implementation of new directions and strategies within the global fashion industry, as well as effectively collaborate with others.
  • Master a body of knowledge and specific technical and research skills to recognize and apply relevant design applications and technologies within the field of fashion.

Overview of Learning Activities

Individual project based learning is supported by an intensive work integrated project that is initiated independently and supported by studio and workshop sessions.  You will develop and conduct your own design inquiry, which may involve working with other disciplines or working with industry partners, as well as working independently.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

Your projects will require you to use the Fashion Design Workshop, and you may have access to specialised workshop resources across the University.  You have access to specialised industry software and other digital technologies.

Technical reference books, trade publications and magazines will be recommended as required and as specified by lecturers for individual project areas.

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.

Course and project resources will be available online.

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.

Your major design project will be reviewed as a work in progress according to aims outlined in your project proposal at a mid-semester critique, and through a series of peer reviews and feedback sessions.  Your major project will be assessed by a panel which includes industry practititioners and academics.  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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: