Course Title: Professional Engagement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Engagement

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


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

Course Coordinator: Claire Beale

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 9411

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 513.2.13

Course Coordinator Availability: please email to make an appointment outside of class times

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities




Course Description

This course will expose you to social and cultural experiences in the fashion industry, combined with an active interface with industry practitioners and fashion experts who will share their viewpoints.  Through this course you will broaden your vision, recognise opportunities and develop methodologies that assist you in positioning your fashion design concepts. 

The two key areas of focus enable you to develop and articulate your design identity/philosophy, and develop a participatory model that connects with the broader global fashion industry.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience where you will work with key industry practitioners analysing and testing cultural and social ideas impacting on fashion.  This will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in a real or simulated workplace context, where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically analyse, reflect upon and discuss sustainable, social and cultural issues impacting the fashion design industry
  • Interrogate, research and evaluate global issues relevant to fashion, and develop your own ethos and position related to these
  • Collaborate and share creative and professional ideas within the global fashion system with industry practitioners and peers
  • Formulate a professional position on how you respond to key industry issues so as to build the foundation for your future leadership in the fashion industry.

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
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on social, cultural and design issues related to fashion, both local and international, at a micro and macro level, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in the discipline of fashion design
  • Professionally communicate innovative design and creative propositions, processes and outcomes to address specialist and non-specialist audiences while working with cultural differences in an appropriate manner
  • Recognize, research, analyse and manage emergent global issues and their impact on the fashion and discipline

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will take a blended approach in its delivery. You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities. Lectures, studio workshops, excursions, collaborative projects and interactive class activities provide the platform for the sharing and learning of knowledge.

Integral to Professional Engagement is self directed immersion within the system of fashion that requires you incorporate work-based learning and academic learning, referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL). This will allow you to solve authentic industry problems or address real issues faced within the fashion system.

The course provides you with a diverse range of learning experiences. These may combine self-directed research, analysis, reflection and discussion, with peer and industry actions with government, design companies, cultural and industry events, individuals and educational institutions.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

Technical reference books, trade publications and magazines will be recommended as required and as specified by lecturers for individual project areas.  There are no prescribed texts.  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.

The varied nature of the learning activities include critique, peer review and class discussions which require your onging class participation to achieve the course objectives.  You will receive regular reviews of progress during the course and formative feedback on your academic progress.  Assessment tasks undertaken in this course will be based on a combination of individual and group work, documentation and relflection.

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: