Course Title: Advanced Fashion Materials, Techniques and Expressions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Fashion Materials, Techniques and Expressions

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Boyd

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 3890

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City campus 8.12.006

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will initiate, research and develop a range of fashion materials, techniques and expressions. The projects enable you to scaffold the development and highlight the design strategies that resonate most with your practice.

You will determine your palette of materials, techniques, and expressions that relate to your industry aspirations or interests for future study. You will critically reflect, research and experiment with your samples and propositions to determine the proposal for your major project in semester 2.

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, advanced and specialised knowledge of fashion, its related disciplines and emerging global markets

PLO2: Develop critical and ethical strategies to practice and communicate your advanced knowledge of fashion in a global context

PLO3: Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating independent expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice in the broader system of fashion

Course Learning outcomes

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

CLO1: Research and advance different design materials, techniques and expressions of fashion design practice

CLO2: Investigate critical and ethical design strategies for contemporary and global fashion design practice

CLO3: Explore different design strategies and express fashion design thinking through image and text

CLO4: Extend investigations into a series of working propositions and samples that demonstrate the specialisations of your practice

CLO5: Propose and communicate your work effectively to peers, staff and industry peers using a variety of different mediums


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of optional studio based and online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Learning activities promote your ability to explore design, investigate, analyse and understand fashion practice.

Tutorials, workshops, site visits and masterclasses are facilitated by teaching staff, industry practitioners and specialists and international guests. These act as a catalyst to develop your specialisations of fashion practice, contexts that you would like to practice in, investigations into materials, techniques, expressions and communication strategies.


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 courses 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: IMMERSION – MATERIALS/ TECHNIQUES - Installation of early project development outcomes (40%) 
CLOs: 1, 2, 4 & 5 

Assessment Task 2: EXPRESSIONS REVIEW - Online studio visit and panel showing (20%)
CLOs: 3, 4 & 5 

CLO: 3, 4 & 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.