Course Title: Introduction to Fashion Design Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Fashion Design Practice

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 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 3555

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.03.008

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will begin to interrogate the process of developing garment forms by exploring the space around and between the garment and body in conjunction with the experiences of both wearing and making. The body, idealised and actual, static and moving, will act as a catalyst for you to begin viewing and presenting your own fashion design concepts. 

You will explore ways of working and thinking in three dimensions, documenting your ideas, and develop iterative approaches to design practice. The studio culminates in an individual design project that will build your skills and confidence in using the design process to explore your own design responses, and outcomes.   

This course aims to introduce 2D and 3D approaches to garment design using innovative methods of pattern cutting and exploratory draping techniques. Class exercises will challenge you to develop non traditional methods to form garment shapes and join materials. Short studio projects will develop your ability to reflect and critique design processes and outcomes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

PLO 1: Demonstrate extensive and coherent knowledge of fashion design with depth and expertise in one or more areas of practice.

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

Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Relate 2D and 3D design ideas to the body

CLO 2: Apply an iterative design process

CLO 3: Utilise visual communication skills and 3D design strategies within a design process to document and express a range of fashion design outcomes

CLO 4: Communicate your developing reflective practice

CLO 5: Identify and explore the  parameters of a design brief

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 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 Task 1: Body & Form (Compendium of Experiments) 25%
CLO 1, CLO 4, CLO 5 

Assessment Task 2: Making Connections: Joins & Materials (Document an outcome to be presented) 35%
CLO 1, CLO 2, CLO 4

Assessment Task 3: Designing for Wearing (Fashion Outcome, Showcase and Peer Critique) 40%
CLO 1, CLO 3, CLO 5

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.