Course Title: Product Specification

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Product Specification

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350T Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2011,
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 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


Brunswick Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Paul Castro

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9234

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.02.4B

Course Coordinator Availability: E-mail for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will learn to create technically accurate garment drawings and specification documents. You will create patterns and complete garment specification documents with a focus on silhouettes, garment detailing, trims and garment construction details.

Product specifications are the guidelines for garment production and enable a designer to communicate with the production team to ensure the concepts are interpreted accurately.  This course will provide you with the knowledge of how fit and quality can affect the end product in terms of cost and speciification for garment construction.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

1.Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in your study to demonstrate personal and professional attributes to be work ready.

2.Demonstrate critical thinking and innovation when identifying and responding to problems in diverse context within the fashion and textile industry.

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

1. Identify and analyse garment components, trim detail, seam /stitch types used by the fashion textile and clothing industries
2. Prepare a range of specification sheets used to communicate in a garment production cycle, to meet industry standards
3. Identify garment features and fabric characteristics that may affect the design process
4. Apply basic grading increments to garments
5. Investigate and analyse the fit and quality of garments.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of practical class activities.

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.

Assessment will cover practical components of pattern development and grading and the theoretical and practical requirements of developing specification reports.  Assessments will include practical assessment tasks based on industry standards.  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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment policies and procedures.


Assessment Task:                   Course Learning Outcome Grade %
1. Seams/Stitches Research & Presentation (individual)
1. CLO 1.

1. 15%
2. Problem Solving Exercises / Folio (individual)

2. CLO 1, 2, 3

2. 45%
3. Garment Specification / Analysis (pairs) 3. CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  3. 40%