Course Title: Fashion Design Honours Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Honours Research Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Andrea Eckersley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99259113

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B008 F12 R006

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2838 Fashion Practice Research Strategies and GRAP2849 Advanced Fashion Materials, Techniques, Expressions.


Required Concurrent Study

You should undertake GRAP2842 Fashion Design Honours Research at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice.

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

Course Description

In this course you will undertake a self-directed practice-based fashion design project that engages with advanced thinking, research, concepts, ideas, techniques and expressions of fashion design practice. 

The research and development undertaken in Advanced Fashion Materials, Techniques and Expressions forms the basis of your project and will be reflected and referred to throughout the semester. This course complements your self-directed research dissertation project in Fashion Design Honours Research, which further enables you to design, communicate, and reflect on your practice in relation to precedents in a global fashion context. 

The emphasis of the honours research project is the production of a resolved and considered series of project outcomes that capture the depth of your research and development and that are appropriate to the way you position your project. You will also develop a critical understanding of different modes of disseminating fashion and appropriate methodologies for its public communication. This course can provide a pathway to postgraduate research.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

PLO1: Demonstrate extensive and advanced knowledge of fashion, its related disciplines and emerging global markets.

PLO4: Employ individual and specialised fashion design skills and techniques in industry, fashion materials, communication and presentation.

PLO6: Work collaboratively with other practices, collectives, industry and community partners and cross culturally to plan and produce fashion design projects.

PLO8: Undertake research into contemporary fashion design practice and theory to explore possible industry and career directions.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO1: Apply practice-based research approaches through fashion materials, techniques and expressions to realise a series of fashion design prototypes and artefacts

CLO2: Advance design methods and visual mediums to express fashion in a specified design or cross-disciplinary context

CLO3: Critically evaluate the relationship between fashion design practice and research, as well as the social and cultural context of design

CLO4: Complete the research, production and presentation of your honours major fashion design project both individually and collaboratively within the field of fashion design as well as within a cross-disciplinary context

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class online 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.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students. 

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles Subject Guides for more information. 

The library also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.

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: Research Project Approaches and Prototypes - Cross-disciplinary approaches to designing and producing fashion to propose ‘New Fashion Functions, 25% 

CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2:Prototype Expressions - Advanced garment functions/ activated expressive prototypes, 15% 

CLOs: 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: Honours Project Testing and Performance -  Presentation of wear/user/consumer tests, 30%

CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 4: Research Project Scope and Future Applications -  Project Position and Context and Proposal, 30%

CLOs: 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.