Course Title: Contemporary Fashion Contexts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Fashion Contexts

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Gareth Kershaw

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99259255

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.01.01

Course Coordinator Availability: email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Contemporary Fashion Contexts introduces students to key principles related to the practice of global fashion design including sustainable fashion practices, ethical fashion, and the role of developing economies in garment production.

Fashion law in the context of the ownership of creative identity, design and intellectual property will also be explored.

A study of the politics of fashion will provide an understanding of the role of gender in fashion as well as in social change.

You will analyse relevant case studies and are expected to contribute to an ongoing discussion of the impact of fashion upon global culture.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning capabilites.

  • Undertake sustainable practices related to fashion, technology and textiles issues.
  • Identify, research and analyse emerging global issues and trends in the fashion and textiles industry.

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

  1. Consider your creative practice in the context of global fashion cultures.
  2. Extend your worldview into your creative output in a manner that aligns with global best practice.
  3. Articulate your perspectives of contemporary fashion practice in a professional manner.
  4. Analyse a fashion business.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will gain an understanding of how fashion practice emerges as a form of global cultural expression. Students will learn how fashion is made in a conceptual exploration of the industry of fashion, and how fashion is legitimised in a study of fashion systems.

A theme of this course is a critical examination of the economy of fashion, where students will take part in a variety of research exercises with library support.

This course combines broad social and cultural investigations of fashion that align directly with studio activities. Students will develop a conceptual and practical understanding of the global importance and impact of fashion on identity, economy and politics.

An exploration of environmental values, sustainability and fashion law in the digital context will inform the direction of the course development and its outcomes.

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 [discipline] 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 may include: 

Task 1: (20%) - Class Directed Activity - Participation 1 & 2. 

LO: 1

Task 2: (25%) - Image Analysis
LO: 2, 3

Task 3: (20%) - Object Analysis

LO: 2, 3

Task 4 (35%) - Study Research 

 LO: 2, 4

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures: