Course Title: Material Alchemy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Material Alchemy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Xin Wang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9418

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B512 F01 R014B

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores the potential for material innovation and expressions through materiality, practical experiments and iterative ideation. You will explore emerging material trends, hybrid craft techniques and processes. You will practice techniques that are widely employed in industry for materials characterisation and applications. You will explore techniques and processes such as chemical treatments, dyeing and finishing, coating, binding, thermoplastics and heat, amalgamate, fuse and pleat for the development of new material experiences.

You will also examine how to ensure an ethical and responsible approach to material innovation.

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: Identify and discuss examples of emerging material trends and material innovations.

CLO 2: Characterise material properties and apply emerging material trends, future craft techniques and technologies to develop hybrid materials and composites.

CLO 3: Demonstrate and explain what considerations are needed to ensure responsible material innovation.


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, prototype, and realise ideas for fashion and textile based sustainable innovation.

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: Report (20%) 
CLO: 1 

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

Assessment Task 3: Material innovation concept and prototype (40%)
CLO: 2 & 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.