Course Title: New Textile Propositions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: New Textile Propositions

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Chantal Kirby

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3964

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B008 L012 R006

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Increasingly contemporary textile design demands new propositions and approaches. As the cultural, political, environmental, and social and technological conditions surrounding the 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 this course you will explore and experiment with new propositions for materials, expressions and experiences of textiles in the digitl space. This course encourages critical and alternative approaches that do not fit the classic frameworks for the study and presentation of textile design - including approaches related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

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

As this is an option courses, only course learning outcomes will apply.  

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 emerging propositions for digital 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. There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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 1: FINDING NEW TEXTILES - Looking back to look forward (Reflective analysis and peer review) (25%) CLO 2 and 3

Assessment 2: NEW TEXTILE PROPOSITIONS - Looking forward (Case study evidence and exploratory sketches consisting of digital samples or test artefacts) (25%) CLO 1, 2 and 3

Assessment 3: NEW TEXTILE PROTOTYPE (Visual and/or virtual, immersive realisation of project outcome in a folio and digital submission) (50%) CLO 1, 2, 3 and 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.