Course Title: Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Fashion

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Fashion

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 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: Jo Cramer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2271

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will use a range of digital software packages that are typically used for visual communication in fashion practices. You will learn a variety of digital image making techniques applicable to the fashion industry from design conception through to manufacturing and sales.  Areas covered include technical illustration, image manipulation, document design, layout and digital formatting for varied outputs and end uses.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

5. Reflect upon and assess the global context of the fashion system, so as to apply your advanced skillsfor life-long learning and enable you to confidently contribute to an industry that is always evolving

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.

On completion of this course you will able to:

- Illustrate accurate representations of garment technical information for communication purposes

- Employ a variety of digital software for visual communication of fashion ideas

- Construct digital files using appropriate processes and techniques

- Determine suitable file formats and parameters for a variety of digital outputs

- Design and produce basic visual communication material

- Develop a logical system for managing digital files.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered in a computer laboratory in the form of tutorial presentations and demonstrations. You will work on individual projects as well as set practical and experimental exercises under the supervision of your lecturer and in non-contact time. Detailed work requirements will be outlined in course information available through Canvas.

Overview of Learning Resources

This course will utilise RMIT computer laboratories and use specialist graphic software.  This software is available to you for use on your own computer through RMIT MyDesktop.

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

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.  Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

There are three assessment tasks for this course.

PART A 25% due week 4.  A digital submission of CAD created technical sketches of existing garments.

PART B 25% due week 8. A physical submission of a CAD generated presentation board consisting of a minimum of 2 technical sketches filled with a repeat print placement.

PART C 25% due week 12.  A physical submission of CAD generated lookbook or 2-sided poster.

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 Equitable Learning Service 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: