Course Title: Fashion Design Studio 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Studio 5

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Andrea Eckersley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9113

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course GRAP 2668 Fashion Design Studio 4 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 the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

This course allows you to experience and test a range of fashion practice models. The individual studio emphases will draw on the experience and design practice of the respective studio leader and will frame the approach taken to classes and projects. Research, design methods, production techniques, presentation and communication of your work and ideas will align with the area of specialisation. The range of studio offerings will be based around a concept, a technique or a specific genre of fashion practice. Each studio offering will include aspects of research, design development, communications and realised prototypes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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. Gain insight into your own creativity, and develop efficient work practices to allow you to plan, produce and deliver fashion projects either as an independent design practitioner or in a team environment within a small, medium or large organization
3. Apply conceptual, critical and creative thinking that addresses relevant issues and informs imaginative and innovative design proposals, so you can make advanced decisions independently with clarity and maturity.
4. Apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge across the fashion discipline –
5. Reflect upon and assess the global context of the fashion system, so as to apply your advanced skills for life-long learning and enable you to confidently contribute to an industry that is always evolving
6. Engage in research within the broader context of design, utilising digital and information systems, discipline specific discourse, conceptual frameworks, evaluation of relevant issues and with reference to the work of others in the field
7. Demonstrate a highly developed fluency in articulating ideas, clear arguments and rationales that effectively present design proposals and solutions to team members, clients, consultants, other design teams, and government and community stakeholders.
8. Develop an individual effective leadership ethos that ex- tends awareness for the global, social, cultural and ethical values of design.

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

  • Undertake individual research into a given field of enquiry underpinned by knowledge through making
  • Formulate and articulate a set of project specific design principles
  • Design through application of your research and specified design principles
  • Prototype design outcomes using processes of making relevant to the studio specialisation
  • Articulate your own innovative design proposals
  • Apply skills in creative conceptual thinking.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as studios, seminars, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

You will encounter through design studio projects a diverse range of learning experiences and disciplinary positions. Navigating these experiences through design practice will require you to combine self-directed research, analysis, reflection, peer interaction and discussion. Seminars and studio workshop sessions conducted by staff and industry practitioners will provide the platform for information sharing, analysis and evaluation of concepts. You will conduct industry related research and liaise with experts within various fashion design practices.

Design projects may be based on conceptual briefs or may be sponsored projects within creative industries. Projects simulate real-world design conditions and concerns. You will be required to undertake thorough research into your area of interest using a diverse range of research methods. This information will then be critically evaluated and feedback will be integrated into your design projects.

You will engage with the content and methods of the course through established and emerging modes of fashion design practice. This will include conceptualisation, visualisation, experimentation with form, material and technologies, construction, prototyping and the presentation of design projects through a variety of media.

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.

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



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 may include projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.  Your project work will be presented at the end of semester to a panel of assessors comprising industry practitioners and academic staff.

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 adjust aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable 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 and procedures which are described online at: