Course Title: Research global design trends

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: GRAP5362C

Course Title: Research global design trends

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5336 - Diploma of Fashion Styling

Course Contact: Paul Castro

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9234

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Paul Castro


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  GRAP6971C (MSTFD5025) 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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse and select formal and informal research strategies to source information on global design trends

1.2 Identify and explore new and alternative sources

1.3 Evaluate the credibility of information gathered and ensure research scope is sufficiently broad


2 Analyse design trends to inform own practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use information to challenge and extend own perspectives and ways of thinking

2.2 Examine and assess implications and consequences of design trends on own work

2.3 Use critical analysis to identify creative or commercial opportunities presented by emerging trends and technologies

2.4 Develop systems to identify and respond to future opportunities


3 Develop and articulate positions and ideas

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop substantiated positions and ideas on global design trends

3.2 Generate informed discussion, debate and critical analysis with peers and colleagues

3.3 Use debate and feedback to challenge and refine own positions


4 Extend own design skills

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Proactively identify and use opportunities presented by research to extend own design skills

4.2 Re-evaluate and refine approaches to work in the context of current and emerging trends

4.3 Use practice, discussion and ongoing evaluation to continuously improve 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 will include:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • online discussion and participation
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • design activities or projects
  • peer learning
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • research
  • independent project-based work
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Teaching Schedule

While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment.  Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.





Origin of a Trend:

Introduction and course overview

What are fashion trends?

What is the purpose of forecasting?

Fashion trend group activity

Activity - discussing and identifying relevant trends for the styling sector.


Origin of a Trend:

How are trends created? Origins, history & cycles.

Learning activity: origin of a trend

Trend in history/ the fashion trend cycle/ Bubble Up – Trickle down.


Origin of a Trend:

Significant influences on contemporary fashion.

Learning activity:

Fashion trend influencers


Origin of a Trend:

Trends and media: how do media channels help adopt and disseminate trends

ASSESSMENT 1 DUE: Origin of a Trend

Learning Activity:

Trends and media



Trend to concept:

Forecasting Agencies

Forecasting agencies

Introduce Assessment 2


Trend to concept:



External influences

Identify WGSN’s Trend Forecasts

Students to research each trend and present in groups.

Analyse other influences to crosscheck trends.

Learning activity: Trend selection and analysis.


Trend to concept:

Colour & Textures

Silhouette & Graphics


Trend to Concept - Part A (Visual Diary/ Research)

Learning activity: Colour palette & Texture forecast and development for styling


Learning activity: Silhouette & Graphics forecast and development for styling.



Trend to concept:

Developing a personalised concept

Learning activity: how to develop your own concept.

Class time to work on Assessment 2


Trend to concept:

Accessories, Hair and Makeup.

Learning activity: Accessories and Makeup forecast and development for styling

Class time to work on Assessment 2



Trend to Concept - Part B (Visual and Oral Communication)

Students to present Assessment 2

Peer and individual feedback

Introduce Assessment 3


Trend and Concept Realisation:

Trend research and practical application.

Class time to work on trend research


Trend and Concept Realisation: Trend research

Concept development

Students to work on Final Concept - Moodboard.


Trend and Concept Realisation: Concept presentation

5-minute oral presentation and feedback

Students to work on final presentation material.


Trend and Concept Realisation

Work on Assessment 3

Class time to work on Assessment 3


ASSESSMENT 3: Trend and concept realisation

Final presentations


Feedback and Resubmission Weeks



































































Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:

The Learning Lab

The Study Support Hub

English for uni workshops

Fashion styling library guide;

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a range of practical and theory components. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.

This is a Vocational Education and Training qualification and is assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit Assessment



Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 – Origin of a Trend: This assessment is about using the acquired knowledge of fashion theories to analyse and understand the adoption and dissemination of new fashion trends. More specifically, this is about researching a trend, analysing its main characteristics, describing the influences that shape it and understanding the role of the media in popularising and spreading the trend. Due Week 4.

Assessment Task 2 – Trend to Concept: As stylists, you need to be able to understand how formal trend forecasting services work, analyse their forecasted trend reports, relate them to what is happening around you and interpret these trends into your own personalized theme. The purpose of this assessment is to guide you in preparation for your final concept boards and editorial shoot at the end of the semester. Due Week 10.

Assessment Task 3 – Concept Realisation : In this assessment, you will bring together your knowledge of identifying current trends and predicting future fashion influences to showcase your styling skills in a real-life brief/situation. You will assist a brand to gain market awareness in a commercial environment. Due Week 15.

Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises
It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Information about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.  

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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