Course Title: Fashion Design Strategies and Environments

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Design Strategies and Environments

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


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

Course Coordinator: Dr. Alexandra Sherlock & Dr. Pia Interlandi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9334 / +61 3 9925 7559

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: B511 L03 B008

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of SOCU2301 Fashion, Textiles, Place and Story.

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


Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Course Description

This course will guide you toward articulating and communicating your position as a fashion or textiles designer in relation to current social, cultural, political, ethical and environmental concerns. You will be introduced to a range of perspectives to critique issues concerning fashion and textiles design, production and consumption—these could include for example, the body, functionality, materiality, gender, spirituality and ritual, indigeneity, and the environment. You will develop an individual response which reflects on design strategies and principles that address issues in a local or global context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

PLO 3: Apply fashion design knowledge and skills to identify and creatively respond to contemporary issues in local and global practice.

PLO 4: Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on fashion design knowledge and techniques, in local and global practices.

PLO 7: Demonstrate, through individual and collaborative critical and reflective practice, an awareness of the cultural, social, ethical and environmental contexts of fashion design.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Research and critically examine contemporary design practices in relation to social, cultural, political, ethical and environmental concerns. 

CLO 2: Identify and critically analyse issues, concepts, practices, theories and histories in fashion and textile design 

CLO 3: Articulate a position in relation to contemporary fashion and textiles design that address key concerns. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of synchronous and asynchronous activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities promote your ability to explore design, investigate, analyse and understand fashion practice. 

Delivery may be online or on-campus as directed. 

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 course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Text Annotation (individual written task) (15%) CLO 1 and 2 

Assessment 2: Perspectives (class presentation) (35%) CLO 1 and 2 

Assessment 3: Positioning Practice (class presentation) (50%) CLO 1, 2 and 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.