Course Title: New Textile Propositions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: New Textile Propositions

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Dr. Rebecca Van Amber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3992 59157

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

Course Coordinator Location: 513.01.03

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Concurrent Study

You should undertake GRAP2733 Textile Practice Research Strategies and GRAP2731 Advanced Textile Materials, Techniques and Expressions at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice.

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


Course Description

Increasingly contemporary textile design practice demands new propositions and approaches. As the cultural, political, environmental, and social conditions surrounding the textiles and fashion industry rapidly change, the next generation of designers have the opportunity to contribute to reshaping the industry to reflect and react to these changes in a positive way. In this course you will explore and experiment with new propositions for materials, forms, expressions and experiences of textiles.

This course encourages critical and alternative approaches that do not fit the classic frameworks for the study and presentation of textile design and engagement. The diverse range of approaches and methods explored in this course will lead to an equally diverse range of outcomes that can be negotiated with your course coordinator. These could include cross-disciplinary or partner strategies, or non-collection outcomes that are backed by thorough contextual review.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. See the WAM information web page for more information.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Does not apply to option courses 


Course Learning outcomes

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

CLO1 Identify important lines of interrogation and critically analyse the wider discourses related to your specific questions about textile design.

CLO2 Demonstrate cultural, environmental and social awareness through ethical and reflective practice.

CLO3 Discuss the dimensions of your practice, recognising the skills and knowledge you have acquired through your studies and their transferability to Fashion and Textiles Industry and/or aligned sectors.

CLO4 Synthesise learning and disseminate proposals and prototypes in a diverse range of outcomes. 


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 your ability to explore design, investigate, analyse and understand textile practice. 


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 courses 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 1: Looking back to look forward (Reflective analysis and peer review) (25%)

CLOs: 2, 3

Assessment 2: Looking forward (Case study evidence and exploratory swatches) (30%)

CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment 3: Prototype (Visual realisation of project outcome in a folio) (45%)

CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

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