Course Title: Fashion and Textile Industry Placement Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion and Textile Industry Placement Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9133

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City campus, Building 8, Level 12

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will work in industry on a placement/internship or pitch to industry a collaborative project to refine and advance your knowledge of current contemporary fashion industries and develop work ready skills. The placement project may be conducted face to face in a local, interstate, or international workplace as well as online. In addition, it may be from a variety of industry and practice areas connected to your focus and specialisations of practice in fashion design.

The course might involve you working directly onsite in industry on a placement or working on an industry partnered or pitched project or a combination of the two. The course allows scope to tailor the placement experience to benefit your practice, existing work experience or practice already undertaken and prospective career trajectory. You will be able to determine which type of placement experience you will undertake, either selecting your own or potentially working on program or school industry projects for this course.

Before starting this course, an expression of interest and draft placement project proposal will be required, please contact the coordinator. You will be required, with support from the program, to select your industry partner, which may be prior to starting the course depending when the placement project will occur and the industry partner’s application process. Guidelines will be provided around this in regards to work plan for the placement with recommended commitment of 60 hours or more.

For industry projects a proposal template will also be supplied. In discussion with the course coordinator there will be a series of milestones and meeting points set up to track your WIL experience.

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

As this is a program option course, only Course Learning Outcomes are applicable.

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

CLO1: Critically analyse and situate your own design practice within global fashion practice and industries context

CLO2: Identify your key practice specialisations and skills relationships to emerging job markets and industry practices

CLO3: Propose, plan, develop and manage projects for industry partners in responding to their objectives and working collaboratively

CLO4: Refine ways to take on and work constructively with feedback in a collaborative or online team environments

CLO5: Advance skills in documentation critically analysing your WIL experience with design responses

CLO6: Establish key professional communication and interpersonal skills related to networking and maintaining contacts for professional industry practice

Overview of Learning Activities

The course format is based on a self-directed and work integrated learning model. Your performance in the placement or in the partnered project will be reviewed midway through the course against professional standards and requirements of practice.

There will be a combination of milestones and meetings that you will have to meet with your supervisor throughout the course. You will organise and manage your own placement or project in consultation with your lecturer. Your lecturer acts as a facilitator, helping to guide you with appropriate resources and advice.

For a placement a specific time commitment of no fewer than 60 hours at an approved workplace is required. This may be undertaken as either a regular commitment throughout the semester or negotiated as a full-time intensive experience, provided such an arrangement does not impinge on your participation in other program commitments.

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 course 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: Industry Project Pitch - (Proposal and Application review), 20%
CLOs: 1, 2, & 3 

Assessment Task 2: Industry Project Review, 30%
CLOs: 4 & 5 

Assessment Task 3: Industry Project (Design Response Project), 50% 
CLOs: 3, 4, 5 & 6 

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.