Course Title: Advanced Fashion Materials, Techniques and Expressions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Fashion Materials, Techniques and Expressions

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Boyd & Chantal Kirby

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3890 & +61 3 9925 3964

Course Coordinator Email: &

Course Coordinator Location: B008 F12 R006

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

In this course you will initiate, research and develop a range of fashion materials, techniques and expressions. The projects enable you to scaffold the development and highlight the design strategies that resonate most with your practice. 

You will determine your palette of materials, techniques, and expressions that relate to your industry aspirations or interests for future study. You will critically reflect on, research and experiment with your samples and propositions to determine the pitch and proposal for your major project in semester 2.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

PLO1: Demonstrate extensive, advanced and specialised knowledge of fashion, its related disciplines and emerging global markets

PLO2: Develop critical and ethical strategies to practice and communicate your advanced knowledge of fashion in a global context 

PLO3: Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating independent expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice in the broader system of fashion



Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO1: Research and advance different design materials, techniques and expressions of fashion design practice 

CLO2: Investigate critical and ethical design strategies for contemporary and global fashion design practice 

CLO3: Explore different design strategies and express fashion design thinking through image and text

CLO4: Extend investigations into a series of working propositions and samples that demonstrate the specialisations of your practice 

CLO5: Propose and communicate your work effectively to peers, staff and industry peers using a variety of different mediums



Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of studio based and online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Learning activities promote your ability to explore design, investigate, analyse and understand fashion practice.

Tutorials, workshops, site visits and masterclasses are facilitated by teaching staff, industry practitioners and specialists and international guests. These act as a catalyst to develop your specialisations of fashion practice, contexts that you would like to practice in, investigations into materials, techniques, expressions and communication strategies.

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.

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.

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. 

Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome. They are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: MATERIALS - Installation of early project development outcomes (20%)
CLOs: 1, 3

Assessment Task 2: TECHNIQUES - Live showing of project progress for review and discussion (20%)
CLOs 2, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: EXPRESSIONS - Studio visit and panel showing (40%)
CLOs: 3, 4, 5

CLO: 5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.