Course Title: Fashion Design Industry Techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Industry Techniques

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Deborah Wills-Ives and Ruth Bunford

Course Coordinator Phone: By email

Course Coordinator Email: and

Course Coordinator Location: Brunswick campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You must have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course GRAP2832 Introduction to Fashion Design Practice 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. For further information go to the RMIT Student Page on Applying for Credit.

Course Description

This course introduces you to various design contexts relevant to the local and global fashion industry. You will be introduced to the core principles of pattern making, working within industry standards for the body, from pattern blocks and with standard sizing. These methods will be extended to include standard industrial practices for sample construction and specification in preparation for manufacturing. You will develop practical skills and knowledge in 2 & 3 dimensional pattern making approaches and construction techniques for archetypal garment forms.  

The aim of this course is to provide a grounding in the common practices relevant to creating commercial fashion outcomes within an industrial context. Participants will learn about fashion industry standards and codes relating to standardised body proportions and measurements. You will develop skills to communicate technical garment information for various stages throughout the fashion supply chain.  

This course is a divergent series of archival form making interactions that will become the foundation of your design practice as you move towards a specialisation. Understanding spatial relationships between materials and the body and varying iterations of form are critical to the successful completion of this course. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

PLO 2: Develop conceptual, technical, creative and communication skills to deepen and consolidate knowledge of fashion design.

PLO 4: Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on fashion design knowledge and techniques, in local and global practices.

Course Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

CLO 1: Relate 2D and 3D design approaches to the body.

CLO 2: Realise pattern making and garment construction techniques for archetypal garments. 

CLO 3: Produce design drawings to communicate a 3D form.

CLO 4: Apply technical research skills to inform the iterative outcomes.

CLO 5: Employ appropriate presentation skills in the communication of outcomes.

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. 

Specifically you will engage in practical workshops covering traditional methods of flat pattern making and garment construction. You will also conduct primary research into archetypal garment forms. 


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 and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

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

Assessment 1: Business As Usual (30%) CLO 1, CLO 2, CLO 4   Assessment 2: Business As Unusual (30%) CLO 2, CLO 3, CLO 4   Assessment 3: New Business(40%) CLO 1, CLO 2, CLO 3, CLO 5

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.