Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
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Brunswick and Melbourne City
NB: DR213 replaces the previous qualification of DR074.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Fashion and Textiles is suitable of individuals who want to undertake independent original research working within one of the School’s research streams of:
- Saving Lives
- Producing Fashion
- Body: Centric Lab
- Creative Materials Lab
- Design Activism
These research streams reflect the School’s research supervisors’ expertise along with the available resources and collaborative relationships with industry and other research organisations.
The program may be undertaken by project, by thesis or thesis by publication mode:
- By project mode is directed towards candidates taking a creative practice-led approach to conduct research into fashion design, textile design, curatorial practice, communication, inter-disciplinary design.
- By thesis mode is directed towards candidates taking a scientific approach to conduct research into advanced textiles and material science such as protective, medical and forensic textiles, comfort, performance and sport apparel textiles. Or a social science approach to conduct research into an aspect of the fashion and textiles system such as design practice, curatorial practice, historical or contemporary cultural studies, business practices, global supply chain or ethical practice.
- Thesis by publication is directed towards experienced practitioners in recognition of successful research experience at the standard used internationally in that discipline.
The research topic and supervisor’s research approach will determine which mode is suitable. You should discuss these program modes with your potential supervisor/s prior to your application.
As a graduate of the PhD you may pursue an academic career in a university, research organisation, or be employed within the fashion and textiles industry in a position allied to design, technology and/or management.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Time spent on research
Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.
Regular contact with your supervisor
A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion.
Resources, facilities and support
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal. You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.
More information about training and development for research candidates.
School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research works with Schools to further support candidates during their postgraduate research degree.
As a graduate of the PhD you may pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in the fashion and textiles industry as a textile designer, textile technologist, fashion technologist or fashion designer.