Course Title: Advanced Fashion Design Strategies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Fashion Design Strategies

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Ricarda Bigolin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3856

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus 8.12.007

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Concurrent Study

You should undertake GRAP2889 Advanced Fashion Research Methods at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice.

These courses are delivered in a block delivery model where you will complete GRAP2889 Advanced Fashion Research Methods weeks 1 – 6 of the semester followed by this course GRAP2888 Advanced Fashion Design Strategies weeks 7 – 12 of the semester. 

Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to diverse design strategies. You will explore the relationships between the key qualities and contexts of fashion garments and wearables and how these can be changed. You will apply design strategies to consider how the use, wear, function, performance, and life cycle of a garment can be enhanced or changed. 

You will work with existing garments and re-fashion them to generate a series of propositions for what these garments can be with an understanding of how any or all of their use, wear, function, performance, and life cycle is changed or has a specific intention. You will learn to take ownership of how design strategies affect the things you design and your responsibility as a designer to consider more than the way things look and understand how a strategy may give way to an intention you have to produce fashion and one that embodies your values, ideals, and responsibility as a designer.  

You will work through ways to quickly generate multiple and numerous prototypes and design strategy propositions. You will explore approaches to immediate and iterative prototyping and specific fashion design practice skills to enable you to qualitatively expand your prototyping capacity. This will revise the way you approach the practice of prototyping relative to the relationship between material qualities, construction, finish and treatments as well as silhouette.  

You, your peers and your studio supervisors will review your outcomes to more deeply examine and understand the ideals of the garment within the context of your Masters Fashion Design Project/ Collection and the broader fashion design industry and emerging fashion discourse.  

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 strategies

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 broader fashion design industry and emerging fashion discourse

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

Overview of Learning Activities

Individual project based learning is supported by masterclasses, studio tutorial and workshop sessions. This course will be delivered in a blended model where learning activities will be available online as well as some offered on campus. On campus learning activities will be optional and made available online via Canvas. 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 indepependently 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.

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 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:

CLOs: 1 & 2 

CLOs: 1, 2 & 3 

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.