Course Title: Textile Culture and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Culture and Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Rebecca Van Amber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9411 or +61 3 9925 9157

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513.01.03 Brunswick campus

Course Coordinator Availability: please email to arrange appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses GRAP2336 Textile Materiality and Principles and GRAP2337 Textile Practice and Theory before you commence this course. 

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
For further information refer to the Course Requisites.

Course Description

Textile designers do not create in isolation – developments in art, craft, design and culture all inform their practice. In this course you will examine cultural, technological and social developments in historical and contemporary textiles, in order to situate your emergent practice within the context of a wider contemporary textile design community.

You will experience the process of collaborative learning, to identify and create a shared archive of resources, references and other relevant materials.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Examine, analyse and evaluate theoretical and practical principles, emerging trends and issues pertinent to textile design and related industries.
  • Demonstrate technical and creative skills, critical thinking when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts for textile, fashion and other design contexts.
  • Communicate and present design concepts using a range of formats and strategies in a clear and coherent manner to diverse audiences.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness. 
  • Examine and apply ethical and sustainability principles to textile design practice in both local and global contexts.
  • Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study.


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

  • Critically discuss cultural, technological and social developments that impact on textile design
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills in design research
  • Present research and creative ideas and outcomes to meet the needs of diverse audiences
  • Analyse and critically reflect on your own design practice

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will take a blended approach in its delivery. Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures / demonstrations, class based activities or online notes / tutorials.  There will be opportunities to discuss the brief and requirements during individual and group tutorials.

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.   The University Library has extensive resources for textile design students.  The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Library Guides The Library provides guides on academic referencing: Referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

This course has been developed in reference to the BATD assessment guide available through BP121 Mystudies – Canvas.   Please refer to the guide in order to familiarise yourself with program assessment methods. At the beginning of each project you will receive a copy of the: brief, teaching schedule and assessment rubric. The rubric should be consulted regularly, as it allows you to self assess and manage your progress. It will be used by your course lecturer/s to assess your project work upon completion.     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 Manager or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Equitable Learning Services   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment Policy