Course Title: Textile Practice Research Strategies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Practice Research Strategies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr. Andrea Eckersley

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 9113

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Brunswick campus - 511.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Concurrent Study

You should undertake GRAP2731 Advanced Textiles Materials, Techniques and Expressions 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 develop critical skills in the gathering, analysis, assessment and presentation of knowledge in the theory and practice of textile design, as well as its historical, social and cultural contexts. You will acquire advanced knowledge of current research projects in textile design. Through this course you will develop a series of questions and a proposal for a research project on a topic of your own choosing in consultation with the lecturers.

This course encourages you to operate within the context of the growing body of academic and practice-based research about diverse phenomena related to textiles. You will be bridging classic research strategies such as reflective and generative writing, as well as activities undertaken through practice to develop new perspectives about textiles.

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:

PLO 1: Demonstrate extensive and advanced knowledge of textile design, related disciplines and emerging global markets. 

PLO 3: Acquire and apply advanced and critical design strategies and thinking to address global and contemporary concerns of textile practice. 

PLO 7: Reflect critically on your practice to develop independent thinking, sound judgement and ethical responsibility. 

PLO 8: Undertake research into contemporary textile design practice and theory to explore future industry and career directions.




Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Gather, analyse, assess and present knowledge gained through research, in a form appropriate to the nature of the project, including an oral/visual presentation and a formal, written proposal.

CLO 2: Formulate research questions and develop a research methodology appropriate to the project.

CLO 3: Summarise, analyse and evaluate current and/or historical research in the field, in the form of a contextual review (literature review and community of practice).

CLO 4: Critically reflect upon the relationship between textile design research and textile design practice.



Overview of Learning Activities

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

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: Research Poster (5%)
CLOs 1,2,3

Assessment Task 2: Formative: Contextual Review Progress, 500 words, (0%)
CLOs 1, 4

Assessment Task 3: Research Project Proposal, 2000 words (45%)
CLOs 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 4: Contextual Review and journal, 1500 words (50%) 
CLOs 1, 2


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 Manager 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 which are available for review online