The RMIT Design Archives includes collections in many areas of Victorian design.
These collections are both digital and material representing historical and contemporary practices in architecture, automotive, ceramics, design education, fashion and textile design, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture.
Explore the collections of the Design Archives through our catalogue of online inventories and regular focus collections.
Access to RMIT Design Archives resources is available by appointment only. The first step is to complete the Research request form. Generally one to two weeks' notice of the proposed visit is required. We will advise as soon as possible after submission of form whether we can assist with your enquiry.
Personal laptops are permitted. We encourage researchers to use their own photographic devices to take images of collection material for reference. When making copies, it is important that researchers understand their responsibilities in relation to copyright. Refer to the Copyright for researchers page for more information.
Researchers are required to sign a visitor register.
Note that the RMIT Design Archives is not the owner of copyright (intellectual property) for all items in its collection. Responsibility for gaining any required copyright / IP permissions will rest with the researcher.
For more information, refer to the Copyright for researchers page.
The RMIT Design Archives can make photocopies or digital copies of collection material on request. For more information (including fees), please refer to the Ordering copies of collection material information page.
If you would like to order a copy of an item, please complete the Reproduction request form. You will need to know the accession number of the item you would like copied. Accession numbers can be found in the catalogue record of our Collections online or noted when you visit the Design Archives in person.