Course Title: Advanced Fashion Design Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Fashion Design Studio 1

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Laura Gardner

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 3964

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus 8.12.006

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



You will undertake Fashion Design Research A at the same time as this course, as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in the delivery of Advanced Fashion Design Studio 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 i co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information please refer to RMIT Course Requisites policy;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

Your Practice: Peers and Materials 

This first major studio course in the Master of Fashion (Design), in Advanced Fashion Design Studio 1 you will initiate and develop fashion and textiles-based projects within a community of practice in the field of design, and its social and cultural context. This course will immerse you in innovative and forward thinking industry and collaborative projects to explore concepts in developing and deepening a design practice. With guidance from your studio supervisors, you will research and test design propositions against a series of criteria to progress ideas and generation of concepts for realisation and dissemination in Advanced Fashion Design Studio 2.

In this course, you will work on projects in a cross disciplinary environment, often working in teams with other students, or an external company or organisation. Through this you are given the opportunity to investigate, experiment and collaborate in order to deepen and contextualise your fashion and textiles practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

1. Provide design leadership to effectively plan and manage the implementation of new directions and strategies within the global fashion industry, as well as effectively collaborate with others.

2. Master a body of knowledge and specific technical and research skills to recognise and apply relevant design applications and technologies within the field of fashion.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

• Apply conceptual, critical and creative thinking to industry led fashion design proposals

• Apply exploratory design ideas and technical fashion knowledge within a simulated real world fashion industry experience

• Immerse yourself in an industry brief to develop your own practice, as well as build your capacity to operate effectively and professionally within a team environment

Overview of Learning Activities

Individual project based learning is supported by a collaborative interdisciplinary or work integrated project as well as studio workshop sessions and a series of key masterclasses with industry and creative practitioners. You will develop and conduct your own design inquiry, which may involve working with other disciplines or working with industry partners, as well as working independently.

Overview of Learning Resources


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

Reference literature and other suitable contextual material will be recommended as required and as specified by lecturers for individual project areas. 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 (Video)

Course and project resources will be available online through the online learning platform CANVAS.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of the course, as well as on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Your major design project will be reviewed as a work in progress according to aims outlined in your project proposal at a mid-semester critique, and through a series of peer reviews and feedback sessions.  Your major project will be assessed by a panel which includes industry practitioners and academics with verbal and/or written feedback provided 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 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: