Course Title: Fashion and Dress

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion and Dress

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Denise Sprynskyj

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9400

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B511 F03 R008-1

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of SOCU2301 Fashion, Textiles, Place and Story.

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

Course Description

This course provides an overview of fashion and dress in diverse historical, social, economic, political, cultural and critical contexts. It will give you a foundation for understanding the ways in which we theorise and engage with fashion and dress throughout their diverse genres and histories. Projects will include a theoretical and practical object analysis and the construction of ‘replica’ objects as design prototypes that respond to the various social, cultural and historical contexts and styles of fashion and dress.

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: Demonstrate and articulate aspects of historical, social, economic, political, cultural and critical contexts that contribute to our conceptions of and engagements with genres of fashion and dress.  

CLO 2: Develop skills in textual object analysis, including critical reflection and contextual response. 

CLO 3: Apply reflective insights of object analysis to prototype design and production.   

CLO 4: Develop skills in responsive replication, engaging with contextual dynamics to produce design outcomes.

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.

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: Contextual Reflection (20%)
CLO: 1  

Assessment Task 2: Garment Analysis (30%)
CLOs: 1 & 2 

Assessment Task 3: Prototype Design ‘Replica’ Project (50%)
CLOs: 1, 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.