Course Title: Textile Design Strategies and Environments

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Design Strategies and Environments

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Ms Esther Paleologos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9176

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior study

Successful completion of MANU2501 Fashion and Textile Materials.

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

Course Description

This course uses theoretical frameworks to inform and interrogate textile design practice in relation to current social, cultural, political, ethical and environmental concerns. You will utilise a range of perspectives to critique issues concerning textile design, production and consumption, developing practical responses including design strategies and principles that address these issues in a local/global context. Outcomes may include (but are not limited to) textile business proposals, production processes or strategies for the management of textile waste.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

PLO3: Apply design skills and knowledge to examine, analyse and creatively respond to contemporary issues in both local and global textile production.

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

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

Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO1: Research and critically examine contemporary design practices in relation to social, cultural, political, ethical and environmental concerns.

CLO2: Interpret theoretical perspectives and apply them to design practice.

CLO3: Produce textile design outcomes/strategies/principles that address key concerns (e.g. social, cultural, political, ethical and/or environmental).

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 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 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: Group Research Project (30%)
CLOs: 1, 2 & 3 

Assessment Task 2: Individual Redesign Proposal (20%)
CLOs: 1 & 2  

Assessment Task 2: Individual Redesign Project (50%)
CLOs: 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.