Course Title: Smart and Active Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Smart and Active Materials

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Van Amber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9157

Course Coordinator Email: rebecca.vanamber@rmit.edu.au

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 and Textile Materials.

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


Course Description

This course explores how textile materials can be smart and active in low tech to high tech ways by being interactive, transformative, responsive to natural forces (e.g. sunlight) or to a signal. You will examine and explore textile materials as active, smart and connected to support meaningful and empathic material experiences for users. You will consider how a material’s properties can respond and change to an external force, sensor or input. You will explore textile materials, structures and systems while bringing together the disciplines of textiles, digital manufacturing and engineering.


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 emerging trends in smart and active textile material examples. 

CLO 2: Explain how textile materials can be smart and active in different ways.  

CLO 3: Illustrate how materials can support meaningful and empathic experiences for users.

CLO 4: Apply a range of textile techniques and processes to develop a smart or active textile material.


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.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome.  They are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: Creative and technical folio (50%)
CLOs: 1, 2, 4 

Assessment Task 2: Material concept proposal (20%)
CLOs: 1, 2 & 3 

Assessment Task 3: Material prototype (30%)
CLOs: 2, 3 & 4

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.