Course Title: Bio Design for Sustainable Fashion Futures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Bio Design for Sustainable Fashion Futures

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Van Amber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9157

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to biology-inspired approaches to design and fabrication in the context of generating sustainable fashion and textiles. You will explore a range of material practices related to bio-materials, bio-plastics, bio-design and bio-mimicry. You will explore and experiment with living materials from microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, to grass root structures that can grow, decay, are active and transformative. You will also examine developments and trends to understand current limitations and emerging opportunities. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

As this is a program option course, only Course Learning Outcomes are applicable.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Investigate and describe how biology-inspired approaches apply to fashion and textiles. 

CLO 2: Identify and discuss developments and trends associated with biology-inspired approaches.  

CLO 3: Demonstrate and develop concepts related to bio-materials, bio-plastics, bio-design and bio-mimicry. 

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 will promote your ability to propose, investigate, plan, analyse, and realise sustainable innovative fashion and textile solutions.

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 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: Folio of practice experimentations (40%)
CLOs: 1 & 2 

Assessment Task 2: Concept and bio-prototype (40%)
CLOs: 2 

Assessment Task 3: Report (20%) 
CLO: 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.