Course Title: Advanced Fashion Design Studio 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Fashion Design Studio 4

Credit Points: 36


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


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

Course Coordinator: Dr. Ricarda Biglion

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3856

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.12.07

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses GRAP2647 Advanced Fashion Design Studio 3 before you commence this course.


You should undertake GRAP2649 Fashion Dissemination and Communication at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice.  These are co-requisite courses.

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 the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

Advanced Fashion Design Studio 4 is the culmination of the work developed in design studios and is the capstone course of the Master of Fashion (Design) program.  This course aims to extend and interrogate your master of fashion design skills at a high level.

You will realise an innovative and original fashion design body of work that will be showcased in a public forum.  You will evolve your capacity to work in a forward thinking and professional manner by communicating your work in a highly refined format, culminating in a tangible and/or digital portfolio. 

Extending from the investigative work achieved in Advanced Fashion Design Studio 3, you will extend and enhance your ability to establish and resolve your own program of fashion investigation that can best convey your particular ethos and practice.  In conjunction with your studio leader, you will devise your own contract and program of study to suit your particular fashion practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Develop, create and master an advanced fashion design body of work
  • Apply innovative research and technical skills to enable original and professional fashion outcomes
  • Critically analyse, reflect upon, and communicate the concepts embodying your own work
  • Position your design work in relation to cultural movements, social issues and their relevance to fashion.

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

  • Research and creatively solve problems, demonstrating innovation in fashion design, independent expert judgement and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice in the broader system of fashion.
  • 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
  • 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.

Overview of Learning Activities

Individual project based learning is supported by master-classes, studio and workshop sessions. You will extend and master your own design inquiry to develop a professional fashion body of work that will be disseminated within a public realm, and which may involve working with other disciplines, working with industry partners or working independently. You will contextualise and independently oversee a personally developed design brief.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

Your projects will require you to use the Fashion Design Workshop, and you may have access to specialised workshop resources across the University. You have access to specialised industry software and other digital technologies.

Technical reference books, trade publications and magazines will be recommended as required and as specified by lecturers for individual project areas.

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.

Course and project resources will be available online.

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.

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 final assessment will include an industry representative as an external moderator and other practitioners and academics. 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 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: