Course Title: Fashion, Textiles, Place and Story

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion, Textiles, Place and Story

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Denise Sprynskyj

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9400

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B511 F03 R008-1

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on stories of place and experiences of belonging. You will be welcomed onto the land and will learn about Indigenous Australian heritage and practices as well as the ethics of ‘caring for country’ in relation to contemporary responsibilities for place and story-telling. You will develop a rich understanding of the potential for different notions of identity and meanings of place to inform the stories we tell through fashion and textiles design, enterprise and technology. This course will provide a starting point for creating shared futures in the context of differing cultural histories, identities and attachments to place.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

BP121 Bachelor of Textiles (Design):
PLO 7: Demonstrate an awareness of the cultural, social, ethical and environmental contexts and impacts of textile design and related industries

BP328 Bachelor of Fashion (Design):
PLO 7: Demonstrate, through individual and collaborative critical and reflective practice, an awareness of the cultural, social, ethical and environmental contexts of fashion design.

BP326 Bachelor of Fashion and Textiles (Sustainable Innovation):
PLO 5: Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.

BP327 Bachelor of Fashion (Enterprise):
PLO 5: Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness through ethical and reflective practice.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Articulate the ways in which experiences of place, history and culture shape identity formation, story-telling and design/business practice.  

CLO 2:  Identify and explain the significance of Indigenous Australian cultural heritage for design futures, especially in relation to human responsibilities to place.   

CLO 3: Reflect on relationships between personal life story/ response to place and creative work in fashion and textiles.

CLO 4: Collaborate using media, including video and editing equipment. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class and online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. 

Class activities promote a sensitive understanding of place and differing cultural histories and personal identities. Learning will occur both inside and outside the classroom and will require engagement with the physical world in order to develop a sense of place and appreciation of land and heritage. The course will also include off-campus walking field trips in order to develop broader understandings of place in the community. 

Collaborative group work will strengthen cross-cultural learning and contribute to effective creative and communication outcomes with both local and global scope. Utilising video technology provides the opportunity to develop new media skills, visualise learning experiences and share perspectives.

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.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students. 

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles Subject Guides for more information. 

The library also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome. They are as follows:

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Task 1: Personal Reflection (20%)
CLOs: 1, 2 & 3  

Assessment Task 2: Video Proposal (40%)
CLOs: 1, 2 & 3   

Assessment Task 3: Group Video Production (40%) 
CLOs: 1, 2, 3 & 4

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

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