Course Title: Fashion Design Professional Practice 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Professional Practice 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Chantal McDonald

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3964

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus 8.12.006

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course GRAP 2455 Fashion Design Professional Practice 3 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 your information please refer to RMIT Course Requisites policy;ID=twx09y07zi1c



Course Description

This course will enable you to understand the principles for disseminating your fashion practice and the ability to position your work within the broader fashion community with consideration of its cultural significance.

You will interact with practitioners, peers and course leaders in seminars and studio workshops and masterclasses to gain a varied and in depth understanding of your potential future career pathways. Fashion Design Professional Practice 4 will support you to reflect on your communications intentions and approach to develop strategies to maximise the impact and influence of your creative works. You will be prompted to reflect, question and explore through research and analysis, and will be supported in developing an informed perspective on what you want to say, to whom, how and why, through your work and approach.

You will engage with a range of perspectives and ideas that pertain to fashion and related disciplines, and will research and develop your ideas in response to this stimulus. Through research and by working with diverse practitioners and industry specialists on an external facing capstone project, you will develop strategies to navigate the legal, ethical and economic framework particular to your own creative practice.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

1.Operate professionally, critically and ethically in local and/or global practice within fashion design or across design boundaries.

2. Reflect upon and assess the global context of the fashion system, so as to apply your on-going learning skills and contribute to a continually evolving industry.

3. Demonstrate a high level of fluency in articulating ideas, clear arguments and rationales, which present effective design proposals and solutions to collaborators, clients, consultants, other designers, and to broader social and cultural communities and interests.

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

• Demonstrate on-going reflection upon the nature of your design practice, its intention, contextual placement and appropriate dissemination in the wider social, political, economic and creative context.

• Demonstrate and apply an awareness of the legal regulatory framework and economic context of your fashion practice.

• Research, analyse and apply sound business principles in the planning and management of a major creative project aligned with the dissemination of your fashion practice.

• Articulate an informed creative position though the production of written, verbal and visual assets appropriate for professional practice.

• Identify and negotiate ethical, and productive stakeholder outcomes in collaborative projects.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course provides you with a diverse range of learning experiences. These experiences may combine self-directed research, analysis, reflection, discussion, and peer and industry interactions with government, design companies, cultural and industry events, individuals and educational institutions. Lectures, studio workshops, excursions, collaborative projects and interactive class activities provide the platform for the sharing and learning of knowledge.

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. There are no prescribed texts. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students.

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 (Video)

Course and project resources will be available online through the online learning platform CANVAS.

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.

The varied nature of the learning activities including critique, peer review and class discussions demands your ongoing class participation to achieve the course objectives.  You will receive regular reviews of progress during the course and formative feedback on your academic progress.

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.

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