Course Title: Fashion Material Studies 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Material Studies 2

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


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 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

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course GRAP2677 Material Studies 1

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

This course builds on the foundation of textiles knowledge developed in Material Studies 1. Your understanding of textiles and the theory of their application to fashion design will be expanded by exploring properties of drape and fabric weight and relevant finishing processes including dyeing, printing and care labelling. You will also evaluate construction techniques such as interlinings and seams, which affect the finished garment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:
4. Apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge across the fashion discipline
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.

Upon successful completion of this course you will able to:


  • Select the most appropriate fabric with regard to end use and conversely design the most appropriate end use for a given fabrication
  • Analyse a fabric in relation to its properties, performance characteristics, finishes, printing and dye stages
  • Design garments with consideration of a specific fabric; drawing attention to drape, weight, interfacing requirements and seam types
  • Examine and report on specific types of textiles with reference to textile manufactures and relevant fashion designers
  • Develop an awareness and practice of ethical and environmental considerations regarding textile selection, use and modification.

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, journal articles and web based 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’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
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.  Assessment may include: projects, assignments, journals, reports and presentations, individually and/or in groups.
Formative and summative feedback will be given on all assessment tasks progressively throughout the semester.

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: