Course Title: Introduction to Fashion Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Fashion Design

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2020,
Viet2 2020,
Viet1 2021,
Viet1 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet3 2023,
Viet2 2024


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet2 2020,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Corinna Erken

Course Coordinator Phone: n/a

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: VNSGS

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to the fundamental skills and knowledge required to research and develop a fashion design concept. You will engage in primary visual research for inspiration and concept development. The emphasis in this course will be on developing your own creative responses based on original visual and contextual research.  You will learn basic skills in fashion design and technical communication. You will  be introduced to the trends that drive fashion and how they relate to different markets and consumers. Through a series of practical projects you will begin to develop your own design signature and be able to relate it to a target consumer.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

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

CLO1: Utilise primary and secondary research skills to generate original fashion design concepts 

CLO2: Employ drawing skills for design development and communication 

CLO3: Identify different target markets and consumers in relation to your design identity

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will include:

  • Workshops, lectures and seminars
  • Demonstrations, critiques and discussions
  • Independent reading and research to inform your practice
  • You will use a sketchbook in order to develop your ability to observe, capture and reflect upon your experiences
  • You will engage with your peers in critically reflective discussion of issues pertinent to your practice

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT Vietnam University Library.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on your development and on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Assessment may include work arising from in class workshops, projects and presentations. Assessment will cover both practical and theoretical aspects of your learning. Project work will allow you to focus your learning toward your capabilities. You may be required to submit a journal that documents your development and learning throughout this course. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assignment Task 1: Portfolio, 50%, CLOs 1 & 2

Assignment Task 2: Visual communication presentation, 50%, CLOs 1 & 3

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.