Course Title: Fashion Design Studio 7

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Studio 7

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 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 2458 Fashion Design Studio 6 before you commence this course.


You will undertake Fashion Design Research A at the same time as this course, as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in the delivery of Fashion Design Studio 7.

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

In this course you will initiate and develop a project leading into your final major project in Fashion Design Studio 8. You will further develop in-depth knowledge and advanced skills in the research, analysis, evaluation, practice and communication of design, both independently and in collaboration with staff, guest studio leaders, industry practitioners, other students and external organisations in either fashion design or a related cross-disciplinary field of research.

Your project will involve a high level of self-directed research, and result in a series of prototypes or other design outcomes demonstrating research into materials exploration, construction techniques, design development, concept development, and research and practice presentation and communication. This course will enable you to articulate your own position within the field and community of fashion practice and deepen your understanding of the its social and cultural context. You will develop a critical understanding of different modes of disseminating fashion and appropriate methodologies for its public communication.

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. 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 organisation.
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.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Research and present a visual and written project proposal for your Final Major Project to be undertaken in Fashion Design Studio 8
• Initiate and undertake research exploring different design methodologies and different visual mediums for the expression of design
• Undertake materials research, and test and trial your research outcomes by developing a series of prototypes
• Demonstrate, through oral/visual presentations and/or written responses, awareness of the relationship between fashion design practice and research, as well as the social and cultural context of design
• Undertake research both individually and collaboratively, both within the field of fashion design as well as within a cross-disciplinary context

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered in a range of formats and may include tutorials, workshops and masterclasses with staff and guests, individual consultations and project supervisions, critiques and reviews, field trips and WIL. It will also involve a high level of self-directed research, experimentation, construction, prototyping and presentation in 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 (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.

Progressive and end of semester assessments of all projects will take place and required work as detailed in project outlines for the semester will be provided by studio supervisors.
Detailed requirements for submission will be developed weekly and provided during studio tutorials. The varied nature of the learning activities offered 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: