Course Title: Fashion Design Performance and Function

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Performance and Function

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 1 2023,
Sem 2 2024

Course Coordinator: Gareth Kershaw

Course Coordinator Phone: By email

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 design for performance and develop, direct and present performances. You will explore the functions of performance wear, the performance of everyday life and activities/occupations.  

You will reflect on your body, the bodies of others, space, function and context. You are invited to work independently and partake in class discussions to develop new methods for making and communicating fashion.

A hands-on learning experience is included in this course in which you will take part in a movement workshop. This is in conjunction with drawing on your own experiences, knowledge and skills, as well as undertaking individual research.

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: Articulate existing methods of performance/performance wear used in contemporary fashion practice.

CLO 2: Develop, direct and communicate/present ideas in a performative manner/context.

CLO 3: Evaluate and reflect on performance wear to develop new methods of making and presenting garments that have performative purpose/functions.

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.

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: The Modified Garment - testing for performance of function (50%)
CLOs: 2,3 

Assessment 2: Part A - Performance Observation Project Proposal (10%)
CLOs: 1,2,3 

Part B - Prototype Presentation Performing Function (40%) 
CLOs: 1,2,3 

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 varying 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.