Course Title: Advanced Fashion Research Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Fashion Research Methods

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 Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3536

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus 008.012.006

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Concurrent Study

Undertake GRAP2888 Advanced Fashion Design Strategies 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 this course GRAP2889 Advanced Fashion Research Methods weeks 1 – 6 of the semester followed by the course GRAP2888 Advanced Fashion Design Strategies weeks 7 – 12 of the semester. 

Course Description

In this course you will extend your knowledge and research based skills through an introduction to various fashion research methods. Through exploring these methods you will develop an understanding of how these may be applied to the design of context-specific proposals for fashion design research projects. You will explore a range of fashion relevant issues, including professional and ethical applications to develop a proposal for an independent practice-led research project. You will_critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate theoretical, socio, cultural contexts to inform your own studio practice as well as position your research in the global fashion industry.


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

Course Learning Outcomes

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

CLO1: Propose and design research questions and methodologies specific to an independent practice-led research project

CLO2: Research, contextualise and apply established and contemporary perspectives to your fashion practice

CLO3: Critically analyse and discuss key characteristics and emerging issues of global fashion practice

CLO4: Critically reflect and evaluate your creative practice and contribution to the fashion industry, making connections between academic knowledge and skills and practical applications

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered through blended learning. A series of presentations, workshops, discussion groups and tutorial sessions are supported by online resources. These activities will introduce you to the key concepts, approaches and theories related to practice-led research. Your participation in critique sessions and presentations will further support your learning.

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: 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: ADVANCED FASHION PRACTICE, 40% 
CLOs: 1, 2, 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.