Course Title: Circular Fashion Design Thinking

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Circular Fashion Design Thinking

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Daphne Mohajer Va Pesaran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3536

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City campus 8.12.006

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, Mon-Fri 9-5

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to diverse design strategies. Through these you will explore and develop your own strategies with guidance from your studio supervisors, to propose, research and articulate original and independent fashion design concepts.

This course extends your professional and critical knowledge of a selected range of technical, creative, cultural and professional issues related to fashion practice.

You will develop the ability to establish your own program of fashion study that can best convey your particular interests and capabilities. In addition, you will develop the ability to trial and integrate understanding into your design proposals, combined with the communication techniques necessary to demonstrate this understanding of your practice in relation to the general fashion discourse.

You will devise your own contract and program of study to suit your particular investigation of fashion and apply advanced design skills to resolve complex ideas from concept formation through to design prototypes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

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 broader fashion systems

PLO4: ​Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on socio political dimensions and concerns in broader fashion systems to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in fashion design

PLO7: ​Implement research methods and design strategies to design and execute substantial projects, evaluate the outcomes and contribute to the fashion profession and the field of knowledge in the discipline

Course Learning outcomes

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

CLO1: Propose, research and articulate original and independent fashion design concepts

CLO2: Apply advanced design skills to resolve complex ideas from concept formation through to design prototypes

CLO3: Critically analyse, contextualise and communicate the concepts embodying your work in relation to the general fashion discourse

CLO4: Enhance your ability to exercise a high level of independence and initiative in the execution of design decisions related to your own philosophy and ethos

Overview of Learning Activities

Individual project based learning is supported by masterclasses, studio tutorial and workshop sessions. You will extend your own design inquiry to develop a professional fashion body of work, which may involve working with other disciplines, working with industry partners or working independently. You will research, contextualise and independently oversee a personally developed design brief.

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 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:​ Designer Strategies - employing designer strategies to review, challenge and redefine your approach to design practice, 20%, CLOs: 1 & 2

Formative Assessment:​ Testing - explore and develop materials, techniques and expressions specific to your ​original and independent fashion design concepts​ 0%, CLOs: 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3​: Mapping - identifying and mapping specialisations to communicate ​resolved and complex ideas from concept formation through to design prototypes​, 50%, CLOs: 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 4:​ Project Pitch - project preview proposal contextualising and communicating the concepts embodying your work in relation to the general fashion discourse​, 30%, CLOs: 1, 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.