Course Title: Fashion Expressions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Expressions

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

Course Coordinator: Dr Adele Varcoe

Course Coordinator Phone: By email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B511 L03 R008

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will build knowledge and skills of various ways to represent concepts and design ideas including fashion image, drawing creation techniques and fashion writing. The methods you will learn will include both traditional formats alongside digital image making techniques. You will experience a range of different methods for expressing fashion ideas. 

There are many different ways in which we communicate and share fashion concepts and ideas with other designers, producers, suppliers within the fashion industry, members of the design team and to professionals and practitioners beyond the field of fashion. The aim of this course is to expand your knowledge of fashion expressions such as colour, sound, touch, image, video and text through a series of projects. The course will enable you to effectively express your design ideas through a variety of media and channels.

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

PLO 6: Communicate and produce fashion using a diverse range of presentation mediums and materials in industry specific and broader design contexts

Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Explore a range of methods for expressing fashion ideas

CLO 2: Transmit fashion ideas using media and channels relevant to the fashion industry and creative disciplines.

CLO 3: Apply technical knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice

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.  Delivery will be on Brunswick campus.

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: Poster (Presentation) (20%) CLO 1, CLO 2   Assessment 2: Experimental Spreads (Presentation) (30%) CLO 1, CLO 3   Assessment 3: Mini Fashion Zine (50%) CLO 1, CLO 2   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.