Course Title: Advanced Textile Materials, Techniques and Expressions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Textile Materials, Techniques and Expressions

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Boyd

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 3890

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus 008.12.006

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Concurrent Study

You should undertake GRAP2733 Textile Practice Research Strategies at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.


Course Description

In this course you will initiate, research and develop a range of textile materials, techniques and expressions. You will work through a series of learning experiences that assist in advancing and refining your practice. 

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, research and experiment with your samples and propositions to determine the pitch and proposal for your major project in semester 2.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

PLO3: Acquire and apply advanced and critical design strategies and thinking to address global and contemporary concerns of textile practice.

PLO4: Employ technical, digital and creative skills, techniques and critical thinking to plan and execute original textile-based concepts and outcomes.

PLO5: Articulate complex design ideas and communicate professionally and effectively to a range of audiences, markets and personas.

PLO8: Undertake research into contemporary textile design practice and theory to explore future industry and career directions.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

CLO3: Explore different design strategies and express 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.

Through the Advanced Textiles Materials, Techniques and Expressions course you will have the opportunity to reflect on your previous interests, skills, techniques and approaches to textile design, enabling you to begin to identify contexts that you would like to develop your practice in.

You will attend and engage in workshops, tutorials, masterclasses and site visits facilitated by teaching staff and industry guests. These will present a variety of ways of approaching, exploring, analysing, performing, synthesising, planning and expressing fashion design outcomes for you to explore. These projects are crucial in exposing you to a wide variety of ways of approaching textile design practice, contexts and projects at an honours level. Your participation in and response to these will assist you in the development of your work and your emerging practice mediums to trigger the direction for how and what you will further develop and establish over the course of the year. 

Tutorials are workshop-based and generally focus on unpacking, experimentation and exploration of relevant ideas in relation to external activities, masterclasses, and assessment tasks. In addition, you will engage in project supervisions in which you will have access to a range of supervisors who will mentor you throughout the year. These sessions allow you to discuss the progress of your project.

Masterclasses offered to the Advanced Fashion and Textile Design Studios students focus on specific and targeted skill acquisitions, conducted by leading industry experts and practitioners. Throughout the semester studio assistants will be on hand to offer support in the form of guided studio practice sessions.

Throughout the course there will be a series of installations, review showings and open studios that will allow you to refine your skills across different formats of assessment and enable feedback and interaction with all staff members and your peer student cohort.

This course will be co-delivered with GRAP2849 Advanced Fashion Materials, Techniques and Expressions, allowing you to learn new approaches to design thinking and design strategies.

This course will also be delivered alongside GRAP2733 Textile Practice Research Strategies and some learning activities may be shared across both courses. This could include masterclasses, the review of assessment outcomes and supervisions with staff across both courses. 

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 courses 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.