Course Title: Fashion Design Body Artefacts and Accessories

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Body Artefacts and Accessories

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

Course Coordinator: Dr Alexandra Sherlock

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9334

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This design course will use the body as a site to inspire and develop non-clothing three dimensional fashion artefacts and accessories. Through a series of workshops, and with an emphasis on the senses, body techniques and cultural/social/environmental contexts, you will be encouraged to interrogate traditional fashion accessory categories, archetypes, materials and techniques. Research tasks exploring the relationships between fashion artefacts, materials and real bodies in context will inspire a final design outcome which will critique and challenge how fashion sees and addresses the body.

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:

CLO1: Utilise fashion artefact and accessory construction techniques to produce a variety of fashion design outcomes

CLO2: Research and explore the social and cultural context of fashion artefacts, accessories and the body within a design project.

CLO3: Identify and explore material characteristics in relation to design 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. 

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 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: Accessory Body Hack (observation, low-fi prototype and reflection) (15%)

Assessment 2: Technical Material Development (samples) (35%)

Assessment 3: Fashion artefact/accessory outcome (prototype, presentation, documentation in context) (50%)

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.