Course Title: Fashion Material Studies 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Material Studies 1

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2014


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


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

Course Coordinator: Dr. Pia Interlandi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7559

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.08

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on the physical materials of clothing and fashion. It provides a foundation for understanding the breath of textiles fibres and constructions available to the fashion designer.

The principle generic fibre types and textiles constructions used in the fashion industry will be explored, categorised and evaluated so that their appropriate end use can be utilised when designing clothing. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

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.

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.


On completion of this course you will able to:

  • Apply language specific to textile technology in order to communicate textile information
  • Identify, categorise and explain the different characteristics of textile fibres and commonly used fabric constructions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical considerations specific to fibre and production methods
  • Recognise how the selection and manufacture of textile fibres and constructions affects the properties and performance of a garment
  • Select the most appropriate fibre composition and textiles construction with regard to end use in clothing and fashion.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves a number of teacher-directed and self-directed learning activities. Teacher directed activities may include lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, student presentations plus practical and experimental exercises. Self-directed learning will be outside classroom activities which may include revising lecture notes, solving tutorial problems and independent research for individual and group project work.

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, 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 [discipline] students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies at F&T 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’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes as demonstrated in a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

Tasks may include: projects, journals, reports and presentations, individually and/or in groups.

Formative and summative feedback will be given on all assessment tasks progressively throughout the semester.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced under ’Assessment’

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 director or Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more information.