Course Title: Research Strategies for Fashion Ventures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Strategies for Fashion Ventures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Saniyat Islam

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9455

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with a range of research skills and knowledge of frameworks relevant to the global fashion industry. You will develop appropriate research strategies that can be employed in a fast-paced fashion environment, relevant to business, creative and management agendas. You will investigate the role and process of primary and secondary research in the context of the fashion industry. This includes both qualitative and quantitative methods of data acquisition, validation and analysis. 

For GD203 Graduate Diploma Fashion (Entrepreneurship), this course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience. Your design presentations will be facilitated through feedback and engagement with industry partners.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

PLO 2: Critically analyse and reflect on theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend existing knowledge and practice in fashion entrepreneurship. 

PLO 3: Effectively communicate propositions, processes and outcomes to the fashion industry and a wider audience, recognising cultural inclusion.

PLO 4: Provide leadership to collaborate, plan and implement new directions within a sustainable fashion and textiles business environment.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Critically analyse and discuss major research methodologies relevant to the business of fashion and textiles and academic discipline.

CLO 2 :Research and synthesise appropriate literature and engage in communities of practice in the fashion and textiles business research.

CLO 3: Plan and propose research methodologies and evaluation methods specific to the requirements of a research project relevant to fashion ventures.

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 enquire, investigate, analyse and solve fashion entrepreneurship problems.  

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 course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. All assessments will be assessed individually.


Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Topic presentation and online ethics modules completion (20%), CLO 2

Assessment Task 2: Product Capability and Survey Report (30%), CLO 3

Assessment Task 3: Product Proposal Report and Group Presentation (50% Work Integrated Learning), CLO 1


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.