Course Title: Garment Design Industry Techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Garment Design Industry Techniques

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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: Peter Boyd and Blake Barns

Course Coordinator Phone: By email

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: B02 L12 R006

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will identify, explore and subvert garment and market signifiers to propose alternative fashion outcomes relevant to a specific genre or category within the global fashion market. You will develop and explore various clothing genres, archetypal garments, production techniques and communication strategies through a redesign project. The course focuses on developing your ability to conduct industry and design research within a particular area of the fashion market to inform the design and development of fashion project outcomes.  

At the completion of this course students will have an understanding of the main areas of the fashion market and have developed a deeper knowledge of a particular genre, category or fashion archetype through a dedicated redesign project. Understanding the key design principles associated with a specific area of the fashion market and being able to exploit the possibilities that present themselves through critical reflection on these constructs, is elemental to the successful completion of this course.  

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: Investigate and articulate a set of design principles and signifiers specific to a market context and clothing genre.

CLO 2: Reflect critically on market constructs to produce relevant fashion design outcomes

CLO 3: Utilise and explore market specific production techniques within a design process to produce a range of prototypes

CLO 4: Examine and employ a variety of communication strategies relevant to a specific fashion market context.     

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class and/or 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 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 outcome. 

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

Assessment 1: Market Context & Archetype Analysis (report submitted online) (20%)

Assessment 2: Subverted Design Project (developmental folio, exploratory toile) (30%)
CLO 2, 3

Assessment 3: Design Project Outcome (developmental folio, prototype garment/s and presentation material) (50%)
CLO 2, 3, 4 

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.