Course Title: Textile Design Honours Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Design Honours Research Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr. Rebecca Van Amber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9157

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 513.01.03

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2733 Textile Practice Research Strategies and GRAP2731 Advanced Textile Materials, Techniques and Expressions.


Required Concurrent Study

You should undertake GRAP2890 Textile Design Honours Research at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice.

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

Course Description

In this course you will undertake a self-directed practice-based textile design project that engages with advanced thinking, research, concepts, ideas, techniques and expressions of textile design practice.

The research and development undertaken in Advanced Textile Materials, Techniques, Expressions forms the basis of your project and will be reflected and referred to throughout the semester. This course complements your self-directed research dissertation project in Textile Design Honours Research, which further enables you to design, communicate, and reflect on your practice in relation to precedents in a global fashion context.

The emphasis of the honours project is the production of a resolved and considered series of project outcomes that capture the depth of your research and development and that are appropriate to the way you position your project. You will also develop a critical understanding of different modes of disseminating fashion and appropriate methodologies for its public communication. This course can provide a pathway to postgraduate research.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

PLO1: Demonstrate extensive and advanced knowledge of textile design, related disciplines and emerging global markets.

PLO4: Employ technical, digital and creative skills, techniques and critical thinking to plan and execute original textile-based concepts and outcomes.

PLO6: Collaborate professionally with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness.

PLO8: Undertake research into contemporary textile design practice and theory to explore future industry and career directions.

Course Learning outcomes

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

CLO1: Apply advanced textile materials, techniques and expressions research to realise a series of textile design prototypes and artefacts

CLO2: Advance design methods and visual mediums to express textiles in a specified design or cross-disciplinary context

CLO3: Critically evaluate the relationship between textile design practice and research, as well as the social and cultural context of design

CLO4: Complete the research, production and presentation of your honours major textile design project both individually and collaboratively within the field of textile design as well as within a cross-disciplinary context


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities promote your ability to explore design, investigate, analyse and understand textile 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 courses learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Task 1: Research Project Approaches and Prototypes - Cross-disciplinary approaches to designing and producing textiles to propose ‘New Textiles Functions (25%)  

CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: Prototype Expressions - Advanced textile functions/ activated expressive prototypes (15%) 

CLOs: 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: Honours Project Testing and Performance -  Presentation of wear/user/consumer tests (30%)

CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 4: Research Project Scope and Future Applications -  Project Position and Context and Proposal, 30% 

CLOs: 3, 4

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.