Course Title: Sewing for Creative Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sewing for Creative Practice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Jo Cramer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252782

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to a range of sewing techniques suitable for a number of applications across a wide variety of art and design disciplines.

Through a series of short projects, you will learn how to identify, cut and sew a range of materials using industrial sewing machinery and hand construction methods.

This course aims to support your future career by enabling you to create your own design samples and to equip you with the essential technical knowledge to liaise with makers and manufacturers when outsourcing prototype concepts for development.       

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

Identify and operate appropriate machinery for the construction of textile projects
Employ the sewing techniques introduced in this course to a range of design prototypes
Evaluate the suitability of textile properties to design concepts
Investigate materials and construction techniques appropriate to your design projects.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course comprises a series of projects introducing you to a range of sewing techniques, machinery and equipment. 

Projects may involve the production of both apparel and non-apparel items as examples of the general methods and processes being explored.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with access to the fashion workshops. You are encouraged to complete all your sewing activities on the industrial machines in the fashion workshops.  OH&S regulations must be adhered to at all times in the workshops. 
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 students.  The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
1. Sample folio Part A 30%, CLO 1, 2
Reference folio of class exercises from weeks 1-4 to demonstrate understanding of concepts presented.
2. Sample folio Part B 40% CLO 1, 2
Reference folio of class exercises from weeks 5-9 to demonstrate understanding of concepts presented.
3. Prototype design 30 % CLO 3, 4
One prototype that demonstrates the application of your new knowledge in an original, innovative design.
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: