Course Title: Textile Design Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Design Research Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Esther Paleologos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9176

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513.01.03 Brunswick campus

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses  - GRAP2557 Surface, GRAP2558 Structure, GRAP2559 TDS Body and GRAP2560 TDS Space courses 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 further information refer to the RMIT Course Requisites Policy.

Course Description

This course provides you with the opportunity to deepen and apply your knowledge and skills related to the creation of original design concepts and textile products.  Through practice-based research, you will manage your own learning and project outcomes.  You will problem solve and make decisions to justify your process and outcomes.  You will consolidate and extend your knowledge and application of textile design principles, materials, techniques and processes.   

You will undertake a capstone experience which will enable you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.  This capstone experience will provide a segue to support your future employment within the industry and provide the foundation for future study.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

• Examine, analyse and evaluate theoretical and practical principles, emerging trends and issues pertinent to textile design and related industries

• Investigate, synthesis, design and apply principles of textile design, technologies and materials and processes to create original textile based concepts and outcomes

• Demonstrate technical and creative skills, critical thinking when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts for textile, fashion and other design contexts

• Communicate and present design concepts using a range of formats and strategies in a clear and coherent manner to diverse audiences

• Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study

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

  • Research and analytical skills applicable to practice based design development.
  • Inventiveness (creativity and innovation) to develop an original design concept. 
  • Practical design and technical skills with specific emphasis on materiality and your chosen textile speciality. 
  • Communication and presentation skills across a range of media.   
  • Professional practice applicable to the textile designer, including ability to self-initiate, manage, reflect, and apply sustainability principles to design development and resolution. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will take a blended approach in its delivery with learning activities that include; online delivery, lectures held on the Brunswick campus, practical exercises, group discussions, and face-to-face tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

You will have access to web based fashion and textile forecast information, library resources, computer laboratories, colour printers, photocopiers, studios and workshops for completing your projects.

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 Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

This course has been developed in reference to the BATD assessment guide available through BP121 Mystudies - Canvas.

Please refer to the guide in order to familiarise yourself with program assessment methods. At the beginning of each project you will receive a copy of the: brief, teaching schedule and assessment rubric. The rubric should be consulted regularly, as it allows you to self assess and manage your progress. It will be used by your course lecturer/s to assess your project work upon completion.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessments may include:

• Assignments and project briefs

• Individual or group presentations to your peer group, lecturer and external assessors

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 Manager or Equitable Learning Services
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: Assessment policy