Course Title: Fashion and Textiles Sustainable Innovation Practices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion and Textiles Sustainable Innovation Practices

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Van Amber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9157

Course Coordinator Email: rebecca.vanamber@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of MANU2516 Sustainable Innovation Strategies and Environments.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.


Course Description

In this course you will examine the culture and practice of innovation from the incremental to the radical. You will learn about important precedents in the field of fashion and textiles sustainable innovation and trace these developments to contemporary practices that are interdisciplinary and culturally diverse. You will be introduced to practice led research methods and visualisation tools for planning, organising and synthesising information. You will communicate your findings through a variety of methods.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

PLO1: Demonstrate and apply a diverse and industry-relevant body of skills and knowledge in sustainable innovation for the fashion and textiles industry, related fields and emerging markets.

PLO2: Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on sustainable innovation in both local and international contexts.

PLO3: Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the field of fashion and textiles sustainable innovation.

PLO5: Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.


Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Identify and discuss important precedents in the field and how these inform, influence and relate to contemporary practices.

CLO 2: Examine and analyse influential global trends or developments in fashion and textiles sustainable innovation.

CLO 3: Employ a variety of research and communication techniques to illustrate the impact of different aspects of fashion and textiles sustainability and/or innovation on global and local regions.


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 will promote your ability to propose, investigate, plan, analyse, and realise sustainable innovative fashion and textiles solutions.


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:

Assessment Task 1: Research Report (30%)
CLOs: 1 & 2  

Assessment Task 2: Individual project (40%)
CLOs: 1 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Collective interactive map (30%)
CLOs: 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 various 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.