Course Title: Fashion Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Materials

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350T Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2019


Brunswick Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Paul Castro

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 992 59234

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.2.04B

Course Coordinator Availability: E-mail for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course aims to provide you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to identify fibres and fabrics commonly used in fashion garments and accessories. You will learn to research, identify and assess the suitability of fabrics to product end-use. In addition, you will develop your ability to understand current environmental and social issues in relation to fashion and textiles.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

1. Apply and creatively adapt a body of theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in sourcing requirements to meet cultural and social needs of the target market

3. Investigate, analyse and interpret trends on design, materials and trims in fashion and related industry either locally or globally

8. Gather, analyse and interpret data to develop fashion and related products and present to peers or potential clients.

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

1. Identify fibres, yarns and fabrics - natural and man-made - used in the fashion industry

2. Demonstrate an understanding of how textiles surfaces are constructed for the fashion industry

3. Assess the suitability of fabrics to product end-use

4. Critically analyse current environmental and social issues in relation to the fashion and textiles industry.

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of learning activities will be used to assist students to achieve the learning outcomes. Students are expected to actively participate in the tutorial classes.

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

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.

Watch this short video on Getting started with fashion and textiles library resources

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. 

Assessments will be as follows:

Assessment Task 1: FABRIC SOURCING 30% -WEEK 7&8 (CLO 2,3)


Assessment Task 3: TEST 2 - PERFORMANCE OF FIBRES 35% - WEEK 15 (CLO 1)


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

The statement of student responsibilities summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: