Course Title: Research global design trends

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: GRAP5362C

Course Title: Research global design trends

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5336 - Diploma of Fashion Styling

Course Contact: Anni Juracich

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9236

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kate Clarke

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Description

In this course you will investigate, evaluate and analyse global design trends and the effect they on contemporary fashion. You will investigate popular culture, look at forecasting trends and style a photo shoot around a predicted trend.
This unit is delivered and assessed with  GRAP5359C (LMTFD5007B) Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs and GRAP5361C (BSBDES601) Manage design realisation.             

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES602 Research global design trends


1 Research design trends


2 Analyse design trends to inform own practice


3 Develop and articulate positions and ideas


4 Extend own design skills

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include visits to fashion stores, presentations and tutorials. You will collate and analyse complex information gathered from your off campus research and present this to your peers. You will use these peer exercises to explore how to tailor your presentations to your audience.



Teaching Schedule



Introduction and course overview


What are fashion trends?


What is the purpose of forecasting?


What are fashion cycles?





Presentation: What is a fashion trend?


Fashion trend group activity


Presentation: What is fashion forecasting?


Activity - exploring forecasting agencies, eg WGSN and discussing and identifying relevant trends for the styling sector



How to identify forecast trends and their influences

Off campus research trip: Visit different stores where students will identify and analyze different trends seen in current market.


On campus

Group activity – analyse a supplied garment idea and identify possible trend influences

3 examples to be study: 

1) mass market garment, 2) editorial shoot, 3) runway collection



Research strategies:

  • Forecasting agencies
  • Social media eg blogs, instagram
  • Film and television
  • Social/political changes



Tools and resources used in trend identification



Activity - Using internet/social media as a tool to identify current trends



  • Using 5 blogs/instragram accounts to review and identify a trend that they are seeing across those five blogs.
  • Identify a genre used in current film, theatre and/or TV and identify trends.
  • Identify current music that may influence trends.


Presentation: examples of how to present trends for Assessment 1


One on One feedback regarding direction for Assessment 1



How to analyse and evaluate identified trends


How to validate your findings



Group activity – class presented with a trend and they research using resources studied in week 3 to validate the trend.  Each group present their findings to the class



Identifying current trends and linking to where it came from.


Presenting their findings


Feedback on assessment 1

One on One feedback session


Formative peer feedback


Group discussion – regarding learning outcomes



How to identify colour trends


How to present colour trends


Research colour trends relevant for current market



Develop a visual communication tool to communicate identified trend



Present colour trends to class and discuss findings



How to identify material trends


How to present material trends



Research material trends relevant for current market



Develop a visual communication tool to communicate identified trend



Present material trends to class and discuss findings



How to predict design styling trends


How to present design styling trends



Research design styling trends relevant for current market



Develop a visual communication tool to communicate identified trend



Present design styling trends to class and discuss findings



Teacher support – working on assessment 2

 Students to work on their own work for assessment 2


One on One feedback regarding direction for Assessment 2




Using cultural aspects to identify and forecast future trends for 3 trends.   


Presenting their findings



Feedback on assessment 2

One on One feedback session


Formative peer feedback


Discuss learning outcomes



Students present and evaluate their selected trend for assessment 3


Students to mock up selected trend for assessment 3



Students to present their mock up to the group.


Formative peer feedback



Working on assessment 3

Students to work on their own work for assessment 3


One on One feedback regarding direction for Assessment 3




Photo shoot


Presenting their final outcome




One on One feedback session


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


You will have access to a simulated styling design workroom equipped with light boxes, fitting rooms and facilities such as computer laboratories as required.

The University Library has extensive resources for Fashion and Textiles students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Fashion and Textiles Library Guides

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Michelle Matheson (Brunswick)

You will also have access to the RMIT on-line Learning HUB

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and has been designed to measure achievement of each element in a flexible manner. Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including projects and assignments designed for students to demonstrate their ability to manage the design process from design concept to final design realisation. To successfully complete this course students must demonstrate competency in all elements as listed.
This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the assessment to a satisfactory standard.

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments.

Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with Graded competency-based assessment are:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC  Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Students will be eligible for a graded result higher than Competency achieved only if work is submitted on time and competency has been demonstrated on the first assessment attempt. Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but will not be eligible for grading.
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 which are available for review online:


Assessment Tasks

 Assessment Task 1 - due Week 5

Explore trend analysis through clothing currently in popular mainstream fashion outlets. Using 2 pieces of clothing from a popular mainstream fashion outlet of your choice you will trace the garments history and origin. Present your trend cycle research using a visual timeline.

Assessment Task 2 - due Week 11
Explore the link between society and fashion trends. Looking at gallery exhibitions, TV series, films and music videos released in the last 12 months you are to predict three forecasted trends you believe will have an impact on contemporary fashion. 

Assessment Task 3 -due Week 15
Selecting one of the three predicted forecasted trends from you’re previous brief, you are to style a double page spread fashion editorial based around you’re forecasted trend.

Assessment Matrix


 Assessment Task 1Assessment Task 2Assessment Task 3
Element 1 - research design trends X X 
Element 2 - Analyse design trends to inform own practice X X
Element 3 - develop and articulate positions and ideas 
Element 4 - Extend own design skills  X


Other Information


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 - English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
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Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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