Course Title: Custom Fashion Design Industry Techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Custom Fashion Design Industry Techniques

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

Course Coordinator: Dr Angela Finn

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 9207

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed GRAP2819 Fashion Design Industry Techniques before you commence this course. 

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

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to a range of different custom fashion design practice models and how they contribute and relate to the larger fashion system. You will investigate practices such as bespoke, custom made, made to measure and customisation and learn about the broad range of specialist areas addressed by custom fashion design practices. You will develop an understanding of the direct relationship between client, designer and craftsperson and their varying levels of collaboration and input in designing and making processes by engaging in research and practical projects. 

Each project introduces students to a range of new techniques and skills specific to custom fashion design practice and builds on their knowledge from previous fashion design studio courses. An individual design project enables students to identify areas of opportunity and develop propositions for new custom fashion design offerings/practices.

The aim of this course is to introduce specialist areas of practice that are directly connected to the very specific needs of an end user or client. The focus is to explore the opportunities and potential limitations for custom design to contribute to design for specialist use, special occasion, special needs, health and wellbeing, custom sizing, personal protection and personalisation. 

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: Apply design principles and processes relevant to custom and bespoke design narratives.

CLO 2: Identify and analyse traditional vs. contemporary construction methods and techniques and their relevance to niche production, custom and bespoke design projects.

CLO 3: Identify, develop and communicate designs relevant to new areas for niche production, custom and bespoke projects.

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 explore design, investigate, analyse and understand fashion practice. Due to COVID-19 delivery may be online or on-campus as directed.  

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.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes. Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome.  They are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: Construction Techniques Compendium (50%), folio of work
CLOs: 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Custom Practice Project Proposal (0%), presentation
CLOs: 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Custom Design Proposition (50%), design project
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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.