Course Title: Material Techniques for a Circular Economy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Material Techniques for a Circular Economy

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

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2816 Fashion & Textile Materials.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. 


Course Description

In this course you will examine the critical issues associated with fashion and textile waste. You will investigate current textile waste management practices and explore a range of processes and techniques to reuse, repurpose, recycle and re-manufacture fashion and textile waste to reimagine and bring materials to life. You will also examine the concept of, and strategies for, how a region can shift to a circular material economy.

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: Compare and discuss the issues associated with fashion and textile waste and current textile waste management practices.

CLO 2: Investigate a range of processes and techniques to re-imagine fashion and textile waste.

CLO 3; Examine and describe the concept of, and strategies for, a circular material economy.

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: Materials identification and collection 20%
CLOs: 1

Assessment Task 1: Group project (40%) 
CLOs: 1 & 2 

Assessment Task 2: Individual concept and report (40%)
CLOs: 1, 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 Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.