Course Title: Contemporary and Ethical Textiles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary and Ethical Textiles

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran & Dr Emma Lynas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3536 / +61 3 9925 9440

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will build your understanding and awareness of the role of textiles and textile design within an ever changing global community.

Textile designers do not create in isolation – developments in art, craft, design, technology and culture inform a designer’s perspective and practice.

In this course you will examine the social, cultural and political role that textiles and textile practices have within our lives. You will explore important historical and contemporary precedents and trace these developments to contemporary practices that are interdisciplinary and culturally diverse. You will also examine the ethics of design originality, appropriation, interpretation and translation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

PLO4: Critically evaluate and reflect on theoretical and practical textile design principles and techniques to identify and solve problems in diverse context

PLO5: Demonstrate creative, critical textile design thinking that recognises emerging trends and issues suitable for contemporary textile design and related industries.

PLO7: Demonstrate an awareness of the cultural, social, ethical and environmental contexts and impacts of textile design and related industries.

PLO8: Initiate, develop and realise textile design projects effectively in collaboration with industry, community or professional partners as part of professional development.

Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO1: Critically reflect and discuss the social, cultural and political role of textiles on society, and how these examples inform contemporary textile design practices

CLO2: Plan, organise, analyse and synthesise information (both visual and textual). 

CLO3: Demonstrate your awareness of the role of textiles and textile design within an ever changing global community. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of learning activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. These activities promote your ability to: explore, design, investigate, analyse and understand textile design 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’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment task 1: Visual Diary – origins of a textile toolkit | 50% 
CLO 1, 2 & 3 

Assessment task 2:  Visual Diary – Impact of Textiles | 50% 
CLO 1, 2 & 3 

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.