Course Title: Trend Forecasting for Fashion

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Trend Forecasting for Fashion

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Luise Adams

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9148

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will develop and apply your skills and knowledge of theoretical methods and practical applications of trend forecasting to research and analyse trends that influence fashion and textiles products for the industry and end consumers.

You will investigate the specialised study and knowledge based application of micro environments, global, social and cultural issues and their impact on consumer behaviour.

You will incorporate strategic decision making in recognizing the patterns, cycles and dissemination of information.

Your investigation will determine a framework to specifically apply creative and analytical skills in the trend forecasting process.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

2. Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, at a micro and macro level, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in fashion entrepreneurship.

3. Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes to address specialist and non-specialist audiences while working with cultural differences in an appropriate manner.

5. Implement research methodologies and methods to design and execute substantial applied and research projects, evaluate the outcomes and contribute to the fashion and textiles profession and the field of knowledge in fashion entrepreneurship.

7. Investigate emergent global entrepreneurial issues and strategically respond to their impact in the fashion and textiles industry.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Critically assess and review the requirements and operational methods of the role of a trend forecaster relevant to fashion and textiles entrepreneurship.
  • Substantiate and apply appropriate research methodologies to identify and analyse alternative research sources for identifying global trend directions.
  • Identify, evaluate and communicate the potential impact of cultural, social, economic and technological components in the trend forecasting process.
  • Research and critically analyse the challenges and opportunities of translating trend scenarios into the development of textile and fashion products.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course consists of lectorial blended learning, hybrid mini lecture/tutorial mode Lectorials underpin a student-centred learning philosophy.

As part of the course program you will be engaged in workshops, interactive class activities, group discussions and class presentations.

Your scholarship will focus on specific fashion industry research topics derived from industry, community organisations at a local and global level.  Reviewing current literature will enable completion of set tasks. Resources and online materials will be included to facilitate learning.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  Weekly reading on Blackboard: Books, 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 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 Librarians.

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 as demonstrated in a range of assessment tasks.  Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. Tasks may include: projects, journals, reports and presentations. Formative and summative feedback will be given on all assessment tasks progressively throughout the semester.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced under ’Assessment’ at:

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.