Course Title: Circular Fashion Design Thinking

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Circular Fashion Design Thinking

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Mrs Chantal McDonald

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3964

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B008 F12 R006

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine the critical and interconnected issues facing contemporary society and how the global fashion and textiles industry is responding. Key and prominent issues include shifting consumer behaviours, ethical concerns and environmental challenges.

You will learn about and examine individual and collective, local and global, dimensions of sustainability and explore a range of sustainability strategies for the fashion and textiles industry and the potential of developing and working within circular economies. 

This course requires you to respond to challenging industry scenarios and 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

As this is a program option course, only Course Learning Outcomes are applicable.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO1: Contextualise and situate your proposition within the critical and interconnected issues facing contemporary society, including shifting consumer behaviours, ethical concerns, and environmental challenges.

CLO2: Analyse and criticise how the global fashion and textiles industry is responding to these critical issues.

CLO3: Synthesise and articulate broad concepts of sustainability and a range of sustainability strategies applicable for the fashion and textiles industry.

CLO4: Develop and formulate novel strategies to address these issues.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class and 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: Problems in everyday life, Contextual review of successes and failures in the industry, 20%
CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: Social solutions, Review and proposal, 40%
CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: Design-led solutions, Review and proposal, 40%
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.