Course Title: Critical Fashion Design Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Fashion Design Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Daphne Mohajer Va Pesaran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3536

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City campus 8.12.006

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, Mon-Fri 9-5

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

Successful completion of GRAP2883 New Fashion Propositions.

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



Course Description

In this course you will advance your propositions for materials, forms, expressions and experiences of fashion. You will develop the prototypes and execute the proposal outlined in Semester 1 in the prerequisite course New Fashion Propositions.

You will learn about research contexts and gain skills relevant to professional research practice that will inform speculative or critical propositions for new scenarios of producing/ dressing/ wearing or experiencing fashion. In your final assessment you will demonstrate and disseminate your project framework and outcomes in an open seminar held for your peers.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

As this is a program option course, only Course Learning Outcomes are applicable

Course Learning outcomes

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

CLO1 Take initiative and apply critical thinking and judgement to creative problem solving and decision making

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

CLO3 Apply a range of skills to a project that explores the wider contexts surrounding your work

CLO4 Synthesise learning and disseminate proposals and prototypes in a diverse set 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 fashion 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 Task 1: Public Seminar Proposal/ Abstract, Propose title, unifying approach, and format for group-organised seminar that will include presentations from other speakers, 20% CLO 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Grant application, Formalised evidence of importance, context and state of research for an independent fashion research project, 30% CLOs: 1, 2, 4

Assessment Task 3: Public seminar, Group-organised seminar in which you disseminate the outcome of your project, 50% 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.