Course Title: Fashion Design, Wear, Use and Consumption

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design, Wear, Use and Consumption

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Tarryn Handcock

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 2781

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B511 F03 R008 / online

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2820 Fashion Design Reuse.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. 


Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Course Description

In this course you will have an opportunity to connect with key aspects of sustainability within fashion practice through an in-depth reflection on wearing practices and the value of garment objects.  Wardrobe studies and garment analysis will inform your understanding of why people wear what they wear. You will apply this knowledge to a design project that considers the central concept of future fashion by exploring a range of alternative design approaches including sustainable, ethical and slow design, and extended use practices. You will investigate the potential of these methods within contemporary fashion contexts to develop new fashion design strategies for more sustainable consumption practices in wear and use.

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 Communicate knowledge of and skills related to designing outcomes that consider end use and consumption. 

CLO:2 Undertake individual research into wearing practices and garment value, underpinned by knowledge through making.

CLO:3 Analyse a set of circumstances specific to a design problem and produce an original design outcome.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class blended face-to-face 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 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: Wardrobe Analysis - Report (20%) CLO 1 and CLO 2

Assessment 2: Design Project Presentation (30%) CLO 1 and CLO 3

Assessment 3: Design Project Outcome - Designed Artefact/Toolbox/Challenge (50%) CLO 1, CLO 2 and CLO 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 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.