Course Title: Advanced Fashion Design Studio 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Fashion Design Studio 3

Credit Points: 36


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Ricarda Bigolin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3856

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.12.06

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses GRAP2646 Advanced Fashion Design Studio 2 or GRAP2460 Fashion Design Studio 8 before you commence this course.
Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

Your Practice:  Context and Concepts

This course provides the framework for conceptualising and contextualising an individual and original, innovative fashion design body of work.  This course extends your professional and critical knowledge of a selected range of technical, creative, cultural and professional issues.

You will develop the ability to trial and integrate understanding into your design proposals, combined with the communication techniques necessary to demonstrate these.  You will develop the ability, in consultation with your studio leaders, to establish your own program of fashion investigation that can best convey your particular interests and capabilities.  In conjunction with your studio leader, you will devise your own contract and program of study to suit your particular fashion interests.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Propose, research and articulate original and independent fashion design concepts
  • Apply advanced design skills to resolve complex ideas from concept formation through to design prototypes
  • Critically analyse, contextualise and communicate the concepts embodying your work in relation to the general fashion discourse
  • Enhance your ability to exercise a high level of independence and initiative in the execution of design decisions related to your own philosopy and ethos.

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

  • Research and creatively solve problems, demonstrating innovation in fashion design, independent expert judgement and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice in the broader system of fashion.
  • Provide design leadership to effectively plan and manage the implementation of new direcions 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 master-classes, studio and workshop sessions.  You will extend your own design inquiry to develop a professional fashion body of work, which may involve working with other disciplines, working with industry partners or working independently.  You will contextualize and independently oversee a personally developed design brief.

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 practitioners 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: