Course Title: Masters Fashion Design Placement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Fashion Design Placement

Credit Points: 24.00

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 GRAP2888 Advanced Fashion Design Strategies. Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Required Concurrent Study

Undertake GRAP2891 Masters Fashion Presentation and Folio 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

In this course you will work in industry on a placement/internship to advance your industry practice and create and pitch a design project that engages with this industry context. The placement will be conducted face to face at a local, interstate, or international workplace. You will demonstrate advanced fashion design practice knowledge through synthesising your industry experience and designing in response to this. You will relate the design strategies, techniques, materials and expressions you use to this industry experience. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

PLO 3: Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating independent expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice in broader fashion systems

PLO 4: Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on socio political dimensions and concerns in broader fashion systems to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in fashion design

PLO7: Implement research methods and design strategies to design and execute substantial projects, evaluate the outcomes and contribute to the fashion profession and the field of knowledge in the discipline

PLO8: Master a body of knowledge and specific technical and research skills to progress your professional career within the contemporary field of fashion

Course Learning outcomes

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

CLO1: Identify your practice relationships to emerging job markets and industry practices

CLO2: Propose, plan, develop and contribute projects for industry partners in responding to their objectives and working collaboratively

CLO3: Establish professional communication and interpersonal skills related to collaboration and establishing contacts for professional industry practice

CLO4: Undertake fashion and design materials research by developing your project responding to industry needs that arise in your placement

CLO5: Develop design responses through visual mediums for the expression of fashion design directly related to industry contexts

CLO6: Demonstrate, through oral/visual presentations and/or written responses, awareness of the relationship between fashion design practice and research, as well as the social and cultural context of design

Overview of Learning Activities

The course format is based on a self-directed and Work Integrated Learning model. Your performance in the placement or internship will be reviewed midway through the course against professional standards and requirements of practice.

Your design response project from the placement intends to show documentation and reflection of your experience working with industry. The production of this project may include a variety of design outcomes to aptly express your fashion design practice and its relationship to industry.

There will be a combination of milestones and meetings that you will have to meet with your supervisor throughout the course. You will organise and manage your own placement or project in consultation with your supervisor. Your supervisor acts as facilitator, helping to guide you with appropriate resources and advice.

For a placement a specific time commitment of no fewer than 60 hours at an approved workplace is required. This may be undertaken as either a regular commitment throughout the semester or negotiated as a full-time intensive experience, provided such an arrangement does not impinge on your participation in other program commitments.

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: Placement Pitch - Digital submission of preliminary research of and communication with industry partner 20% CLOs: 1 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Mid Placement Review - Interview and report 10% CLOs: 6

Assessment Task 3: Placement Project Response - Project presentation and panel showing 50% CLOs: 2, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Practice Communication - Hard copy hand in and digital submission of communication material pitching your practice to industry 20% CLOs: 1 & 6

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.