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Extend your current experience, knowledge and skills in textile design to enhance global employment opportunities or establish your own practice.
In an increasingly competitive global market place design graduates need to have a culmination of skills, knowledge and an adaptability to respond to what the environment is telling them. Designers must have the ability to consider the bigger picture.
This one year honours course is designed to support your individual emerging practice by:
- extending your current experience, knowledge and skills to establish your own textile design practice
- improving your prospects for securing paid employment within the sector
- preparing you for further postgraduate study
The honours year offers you personalised mentorship and supervision that will see you develop a body of work relevant to research, or advanced practice in the discipline of textile design.
Through intensive studio research, work opportunities and projects you will complete a major design project or opt to complete a series of projects.
With individual supervision from leading academics in the field of textiles and fashion you will develop a project brief, plan a design project and deliver high quality outcomes.
While working on your major design projects you will also develop a body of work that extends your folio through your advanced studio practice course.
You will also have the opportunity to connect with an industry partner through a project or placement.
This honours year is designed for students who have successfully completed a three year degree in textile design or equivalent design study, and who wish to undertake a further year of study to focus exclusively on an individual project.
This is a specialised and focused honours year that provides you with personalised mentorship and supervision from leading academics in the field of textiles and fashion.
Your honours year is face-to-face learning immersed in a studio setting located at the city campus.
What you will learn
Through a series of focused practical and theoretical courses you will develop critical skills and advanced knowledge in the practice of textile design.
Textile Design Research A
Through this course you will further develop critical skills in textile design research that will enable you to develop a proposal for a research thesis or project of your own choosing.
Textile Design Research B
This course will see your year-long investigation actualised when you present your completed research thesis or project.
Advanced Textile Design Studio 1
This course immerses you in a studio environment where you will initiate and develop a project. This will involve a high level of self-directed research resulting in a series of prototypes or other design outcomes.
This course will enable you to articulate your own position within the field and community of textile design practice, and deepen your understanding of the social and cultural context.
The Advanced Textile Design Studio 2
This course builds on your work in Advanced Textile Design Studio 1, leading you into your capstone experience and enabling you to fulfil your ideas in your final major project.
The result is a series of design outcomes demonstrating the results of your research in:
- materials exploration
- construction techniques
- design development
- concept development
- research presentation and communication
This course will connect you to fashion and textile industry practitioners and experts who will share their insights and knowledge with you. This course is designed to assist you to develop and articulate your design identity and philosophy while enabling you to connect with the broader global industry.
RMIT has many close links with textile, fashion and aligned creative industries, which take a variety of forms. Academics are professional textile and fashion designers, makers and curators who maintain strong linkages within national and global practice and the community.
External industry experts and speakers are regularly engaged to speak to students through a number of forums, and international study tours are available.
RMIT holds existing and longstanding partnerships and connections with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), ACMI, leading industry brands including Country Road, Maxwell & Williams, Linen House, Cotton On Group, Nikel & Sole, Design to Print, regional galleries and many other textile and fashion institutions.
This program does not include compulsory work integrated learning, as one year honours programs are focused on research.
However, RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional experience. In this program you will undertake a Professional Engagement course which provides you with a deeper understanding of your potential role within the workplace. In this course you will solve authentic workplace problems or address issues faced in the fashion and textiles industry.
Honours graduates will have more expansive employment opportunities within the enterprise formation and employment portfolio areas due to increased skills and time for self-directed and autonomous study.
Graduates will gain skills in creative thinking and problem solving that are valued by employers in a range of sectors. Specifically, graduates from this program will be more competitive in those careers and markets where higher qualifications are desired, such as museums, galleries, government institutes, education, community organisations and private sector organisations.
Graduates with an Honours degree will be more competitive in a global market with a qualification recognised in Asia and Europe, and ideally positioned to respond to, and impact the changing textile and fashion industry.
In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in textile design. The Bachelor of Textiles (Design) (Honours) has professional industry links with a wide range of organisations and associations, including the peak industry bodies:
- Design Institute of Australia (DIA)
- Council of Textile and Fashion (CTF)
As a part of this program students will engage with international practitioners through guest lectures, tutorials and discussion groups.
This program also supports students to undertake relevant short-term mobility activity during their Honours study available through RMIT’s Global Mobility.