Course Title: Fashion Design Studio 8

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Studio 8

Credit Points: 36.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr. Ricarda Bigolin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3856

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.12.007

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course GRAP2459 Fashion Design Studio 7 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.

Course Description

In this course you will undertake your capstone experience through completion of your final major project.  

Fashion Design Studio 8 is about realising a major fashion design project and is structured around a series of dynamic simulated practice learning experiences designed to assist you in managing and producing your own design project and developing strategies for future independent design practice. You will be required to revise visual representations of outcomes and continually plan and manage in detail the series of outcomes, techniques, materials, methods and collaborations applicable to realising your project. In addition you will engage in various formats of communication and presentation that best highlights the nature of your practice.

The research and development undertaken in Fashion Design Studio 7 forms the basis of your project and will be reflected and referred to throughout the semester. The emphasis of the honours project is the production of a resolved and considered series of project outcomes that capture the depth of your research and development and that are appropriate to the way you position your project. At an honours level, you are expected to be concise and clear in the way you contextualise your fashion design project in relation to other precedents within the design community and broader context as well as understanding of the key questions, design propositions and findings of the project. In addition it is expected that an honours project engages with some advanced thinking, research, concepts, ideas, techniques and expressions of fashion design practice.

You will bring to fulfilment your 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, 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 design outcomes demonstrating the results of your research into materials exploration, construction techniques, design development, concept development, and research presentation and communication. This course will enable you to articulate your position within the field and community of fashion practice and deepen your understanding of 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 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, utilizing 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:

* Complete the research, production and presentation of your Final Major Project
* Initiate, undertake and complete research exploring different design methodologies and different visual mediums for the expression of design
* Undertake materials research by developing your series of prototypes into a final body of work
* 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

The dynamic learning experiences of Fashion Design Studio 8 intend to simulate key formats of presenting and communicating your work found in practice.

This course will be delivered in a range of formats and may include key project milestone tutorials, guided self directed studio practice, masterclasses designed to compliment your progress and give you additional access to industry and practice experts related to key progress milestones of your project, workshops with staff, program alumni and guests, 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.

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

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Throughout the semester you will participate in a range of dynamic assessment structures that align with the ongoing development and production of your major project and other required work will be as detailed in project outlines for the semester as provided by studio leaders. Detailed requirements for submission will be developed weekly and provided during tutorials and studios. 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.

A student charter 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: