Course Title: Transform Fashion Design Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Transform Fashion Design Materials

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024,
Sem 2 2024

Course Coordinator: Esther Paleologos

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 9176

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Brunswick campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2816 Fashion and Textile Materials.

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

This course builds upon the skills learned in Fashion and Textiles Materials. Your understanding of how conventional fashion design materials can be used will be expanded as you begin to transform and manipulate pre-existing material for altered use within the context of fashion design; challenging preconceived notions of end use. 

Additive and subtractive methods of material modification will be explored in a series of workshops and independent projects to discover how pre-existing materials can be transformed or adapted for bodies, experiences or environments. You will develop modification methodologies and processes in line with sustainable practice and undertake a critical analysis of how these transformations effect wearer relationships, including end of garment lifecycle.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

PLO2: Develop conceptual, technical, creative and communication skills to deepen and consolidate knowledge of fashion design. 

PL03: Apply fashion design knowledge and skills to identify and creatively respond to contemporary issues in local and global practice.

PL06: Communicate and produce fashion using a diverse range of presentation mediums and materials in industry specific and broader design contexts

PLO7: Demonstrate, through individual and collaborative critical and reflective practice, an awareness of the cultural, social, ethical and environmental contexts of fashion design.

Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Discuss and critically analyse different material modification techniques in terms of their properties, performance and end use potential. 

CLO 2: Transform the properties of fabrics/materials through experimental additive or subtractive methods to alter the potential fashion outcome. 

CLO 3: Conduct research on traditional and contemporary textile/material modification techniques and demonstrate an understanding of their use in fashion design practice and broader social, cultural and environmental impact.

CLO 4: Develop and apply fashion design material modification processes in line with sustainable and ethical practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class activities requiring 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 Task 1: Materials, Memory and Environment Project (20%) 
CLOs: 1 & 3 

Assessment Task 2: Magic Materials (45%) 
CLOs: 1, 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Flying Materials and the Body (35%) CLOs: 1, 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.