Course Title: Practice-Led Research Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Practice-Led Research Design

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Angela Finn

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9207

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Prerequisites: None

Co-requisites: GRAP2674 Advanced Fashion Design Studio 3

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.

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Course Description

In this course you will extend your knowledge and skills for application in the design of context-specific proposals for research projects. You will explore a range of fashion relevant research approaches and issues, professional and ethical applications to develop a proposal for an independent practice-led research project. You will critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate theoretical, socio, cultural contexts to inform your own studio practice as well as position your research in the global fashion industry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

Research and creatively solve problems, demonstrating independent expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice in the broader system of fashion andwider cultural contexts.

Implement research methodologies and methods to design and execute substantial applied and research projects, evaluate the outcomes and contribute to the fashion profession and the field of knowledge in the discipline.    

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

  • Propose and design research questions and methodologies specific to an independent practice-led research project
  • Research, contextualise and apply established and contemporary perspectives to your fashion practice
  • Critically analyse and discuss key characteristics and emerging issues of global fashion practice
  • Critically reflect and evaluate your creative practice and contribution to the fashion industry, making connections between academic knowledge and skills and practical applications

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered through blended learning. A series of lectures, discussion groups and tutorial sessions are supported by online resources. These activities will introduce you to the key concepts, approaches and theories related to practice-led research. Your participation in critique sessions and presentations will further support your learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Readings and reference lists will be provided, you have access to RMIT libraries and other specialist libraries and e resources such as journals.

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’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks:

Task 1: Critique Presentation (20%), CLO: 1

Task 2: Research Documentation (30%), CLO: 3

Task 3: Written Research Proposal (50%), CLO: 2, 3

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: