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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Sean Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3891

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Available online

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore what is meant by fashion and dress and how these meanings are informed by and challenge diverse social-cultural and aesthetic practices and histories. The course will give you a foundation for understanding the ways in which we theorise and engage with fashion and dress, and it will allow you to critically engage with these concepts as part of the design process. Project work will invite you to reflect on the diverse contexts that inform your own participation in fashion and dress, to research a garment or object within an historical or contemporary context, and to reimagine past or present fashion and dress design narratives for new contexts.

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 the historical, social, economic, political, cultural and critical contexts that inform our conceptions of and engagements with genres of fashion and dress. 

CLO 2: Develop skills in object analysis through critical reflection and contextual research. 

CLO 3: Apply the reflective insights gained through object analysis to design and produce a fashion/dress prototype. 

CLO 4: Develop skills in responsive and exploratory design, to situate a design prototype in a transformed historical, social, political, cultural and/or critical context.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class 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.

You may also be required to outsource and purchase further materials specific to your individual project requirements. 

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. 


The Library offers extensive resources and study support services for students. These include: 

Subject guides tailored to your studies

Help with referencing, planning assignments and study support

Chat service Ask The Library and online study resources 

Students should contact Student Connect for information about available learning support to enhance their academic success. 

You can also contact RMIT Student Services for assistance with learning and information on a range of resources available to support your academic success: ( 

The RMIT Learning Lab also provides study and learning resources

Overview of Assessment

Overview of Assessment
You will be assessed on how well you meet the course 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%)
CLOs: 1 & 2 

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

Assessment Task 3: Reimagining Fashion/Dress Project (50%)
CLOs: 1, 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.