Course Title: Fashion Design Honours Placement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Honours Placement

Credit Points: 24.00

Course Coordinator: Mrs Chantal McDonald

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9364

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 GRAP2849 Advanced Fashion Materials, Techniques & Expressions and GRAP2838 Fashion Practice Research Strategies


Required Concurrent Study

GRAP2847 Fashion Practice Research Communication

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

Course Description

In this course you will work in industry on a placement/ internship to advance your industry practice and create and pitch a design project that engages with this industry context. The placement will be conducted face-to-face at a local, interstate or international workplace. You will demonstrate advanced fashion design practice knowledge through synthesising your industry experience and designing in response to this. You will relate the design strategies, techniques, materials and expressions you use to this industry experience. 

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

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: Identify your practice relationships to emerging job markets and industry practices.

CLO2: Propose, plan, develop and contribute projects for industry partners in responding to their objectives and working collaboratively.

CLO3: Establish professional communication and interpersonal skills related to collaboration and establishing contacts for professional industry practice.

CLO4: Undertake fashion and design materials research by developing your project responding to industry placement. 

CLO5: Develop design responses through visual mediums for the expression of fashion design directly related to industry contexts.

CLO6: Demonstrate, through oral/ visual presentations and/ or written responses, awareness of the relationship between fashion design practice and research, as well as the social and cultural context of design.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course format is based on a self-directed and Work Integrated Learning model. Your performance in the placement or internship will be reviewed midway through the course against professional standards and requirements of practice. 

Your design response project from the placement intends to show documentation and reflection of your experience working with industry. The production of this project may include a variety of design outcomes to aptly express your fashion design practice and its relationship to industry.

There will be a combination of milestones and meetings that you will have to meet with your supervisor throughout the course. You will organise and manage your own placement or project in consultation with your supervisor. Your supervisor acts as a facilitator, helping to guide you with appropriate resources and advice.

For a placement a specific time commitment of no fewer than 60 hours at an approved workplace is required. This may be undertaken as either a regular commitment throughout the semester or negotiated as a full-time intensive experience, provided such an arrangement does not impinge on your participation in other program commitments.

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: Placement Pitch - Digital submission of research and communication with industry placement, 10%
CLOs: 1, 3 

Assessment Task 2: Mid Placement Review - Interview and report, 10%  

Assessment Task 3: Placement Project Response - Project presentation and panel showing, 40%
CLOs: 2, 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 4: Practice Communication - Hard copy hand in and digital submission of communication material pitching your practice to industry, 40%
CLOs: 1, 6

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.