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83922 Research: Professional Practice Identity

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Subject handbook information prior to 2020 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Recommended studies:

Students are required to have completed the UTS recognised bachelor's degree in Fashion and Textiles Design, including all required subjects.


This subject develops students' understanding of professional practice in the fashion and textile design industries. The focus for the subject is on contemporary fashion design as an interdisciplinary practice engaged in technology, creativity and innovation. Students develop an understanding of the current fashion industry as an engagement with global systems of culture and technology, and develop an individual visual language for their practice as fashion designers. Students engage with other design disciplines including graphic and visual documentation for fashion design and consider the role of the fashion designer as both professional and product. Students endeavour to develop a system of articulation of their creativity within the product and the systems of fashion design development as an adaptive system of creativity.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Understand the role of the designer as a global citizen.
2. Present work appropriate to the situated professional context.
3. Demonstrate a capacity to work conceptually.
4. Appraise, develop or redirect design ideas.
5. Independently develop new skills and areas of knowledge.
6. Cultivate an autonomous aesthetic sensibility.
7. Develop skill in professional craft.
8. Develop well-supported arguments in support of professional identity and practice.
9. Analyse complex ideas related to professional context.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding and support of sustainable and ethical practices (A.1)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other professions and disciplines (C.3)
  • Advanced aesthetic sensibility (I.1)
  • Innovative approaches to materials, textiles and technology (I.2)
  • Advanced fashion industry specific technology skills, digital skills and craft skills (P.1)
  • Advanced engagement with professional and global fashion industry practices (P.2)
  • Appreciation of global business and marketing frameworks and processes (P.3)
  • Ability to develop sophisticated arguments and rationales (R.1)
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas (R.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

1 hour Lecture weeks 1-5, followed by a 2 hour studio weeks 1-11.

This subject is delivered in a combination of lectures and studio-based learning per week. This subject is offered face-to-face and incorporates a range of teaching and learning strategies within a collaborative workspace which includes-lectures, discussions, demonstrations, studio activities, design thinking, writing and presentations. Each class is complemented by prior reading, individual research and reflection, collaborative and individual tasks. The activities for this subject are centred on self-initiated learning, reinforcing the independent approach to building knowledge and skills. Students are expected to conduct independent research, attend all classes and follow up on design development required for the following week for each of their individual projects. Students must refer to the subject program for clarification of required assessment and weekly tasks.

Students will attend lectures by industry professionals in which professional practices will be discussed.

The two hours of weekly studio contact operates as guided studio-based workshops. Studio sessions with Tutors will elaborate on the lectures, require students to undertake particular studio tasks and individual work on the Assessment Tasks. Tutors will often work with students individually to develop individual work and provide feedback. Emphasising creative exploration, learning in all facets of studio workshops is crucial to ensuring students deploy the design thinking and professional technical expertise required in this subject and the field. All students are expected to attend studio sessions, and follow suggested learning patterns and activities. Students are also encouraged to participate actively in the group discussions that occur during the studio sessions. Students are required to keep a journal of studio tasks and activities as well as individual development of work for Assessment Tasks.

Students are expected to conduct independent research supported by recommended texts accessible via UTS Online. Readings assist students to develop essential content knowledge related to both fashion and textile design principles, textile trends and technical systems. Independent research increases student capacity to experiment and develop confidence in testing, justifying and evaluating new and traditional methods of practice.

An emphasis throughout the subject is placed on a professional and sustainable workshop/studio practice. Students are expected to demonstrate professional workshop practice and knowledge of WHS requirements in at all times.

Resources for this subject are located on UTS Online. These are used to support the learning objectives of this subject. A detailed overview of the pedagogy and associated tasks and assessment items are included in the subject documents. In addition, a comprehensive reading list comprising recommended texts is accessible from UTS Online.

From time to time, students may be required to visit industry specialists or related exhibitions to support their learning. Students will be advised in advance and/or exhibitions will be recommended for students to visit for their research.

Students will have several opportunities to receive feedback during the subject. The feedback provided will vary in form, purpose and in its degree of formality. Typically, the format of feedback is verbal and /or written. All feedback on assignments will be cross-reference to the briefing/assessment documents

Formative feedback will be provided during the learning process, typically provided verbally by the subject's teaching staff during studio sessions. It will address the content of work and a student's approach to learning, both in general and more specific ‘assessment orientated’ terms. It is designed to help students improve their performance in time for the submission of an assessment item. For this to occur students need to respond constructively to the feedback provided. This involves critically reflecting on advice given and in response altering the approach taken to a given assessment. Formative feedback may also, on occasion, be provided by other students. It is delivered informally, either in conversation during a tutorial or in the course of discussion at the scale of the whole class. It is the student’s responsibility to record any feedback given during meetings or studio sessions.

Summative feedback is provided in written form with all assessed work. It is published along with indicative grades online at UTS REVIEW. Summative feedback focuses on assessment outcomes. It is used to indicate how successfully a student has performed in terms of specific assessment criteria. Feedback, grades and assessment criteria will also be available to students via the REVIEW assessment system 2-3 weeks after the submission date.

Content (topics)

  • Contemporary Context for Emerging Fashion Design Professionals: The current cultural context for emerging fashion designers.
  • Production of Cohesive Self Branding Across Digital and Print Platforms: Creation of a visual language in fashion design.
  • Fashion Design Industry Processes and Systems.
  • Professional Network of Creatives: Collaboration and working with other creatives to develop Fashion specific outcomes.
  • Fashion Publication.


Assessment task 1: Digital Portfolio


This Assessment Task can be downloaded from UTSonline. Students will develop a body of work that will sit alongside their final collection to provide a system of communication of fashion design work to the public, to stakeholders and other professionals. This assessment task is aimed at engaging with skills and confidence across multiple visual platforms and industry engagements to develop collateral as emerging Fashion Designers.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3, 4, 6 and 7

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.1, I.1, I.2, P.2 and P.3

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Typeface use is cohesive and contemporary and includes consideration of flexibility. 20 6 P.2
Photographic work is visually engaging and shows understanding and interaction with contemporary practice 20 4 I.2
Marking and Illustrative work is integrated well and shows development of an individual visual identity 20 7 P.3
Project shows an understanding of the audience and platform for emerging designer context. 20 1 A.1
Project considers contemporary visual practice and is conceptually driven. 20 3 I.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Emerging Designer Profile


This Assessment Task can be downloaded from UTSOnline. This assessment task is aimed at fostering a collaborative approach to understanding design work, engaging other interpretations and insights into the ideas and designs that you are developing for your final collection. Students will produce Documentation and Designer Profile based on completed work by one of their peers for 83923: Fashion Concept Lab.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.3, I.1, P.1, P.2, R.1 and R.2

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Documentation is well presented and shows consideration of the emerging designer context. 15 2 C.3
Documentation shows contemporary styling to enhance the work by the designer. 17 6 P.2
Documentation shows complex response to the ideology and intention of the work. 17 5 P.1
Writing shows ability to develop conceptual understanding of the work. 17 3 I.1
Writing shows well supported argument and references to the practice. 17 8 R.1
Writing shows an ability to analyse and interpret complex ideas. 17 9 R.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

Students are required to attend all lectures and studios scheduled. The Faculty of DAB expects students to attend 80% of all classes for all enrolled subjects as achievement of the subject's aims and successful completion of assessment tasks is considerably difficult if classes are not attended. Where assessment tasks are to be presented personally in class, attendance is mandatory.

Recommended texts

Readings and resources are available on UTSOnline for students.

Berlendi, C. 2011, The Role of Social Media within the Fashion and Luxury Industries, LAP Lambert Academic

Bickle, M. 2011, Fashion Marketing: theory, principles & practice, Fairchild, New York

Brookes, A. 2014. Popular Culture : global intercultural perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Bruzzi, S & Gibson-Clarke, P. 2000. Fashion Cultures, Theories, Explorations and Analysis. Routledge Publishers, London.

Bubonia-Clarke, J. 2007, Developing and Branding the Fashion Merchandising Portfolio, Fairchild Publications, New

Griffiths, I & White, N. 2000. The Fashion Business: Theory, Practice and Image. Berg Publishers, London.

Kawamura, Y. 2005, Fashion-ology : An Introduction to Fashion Studies, Oxford, New York, Berg

Moore, G. 2012, Fashion Promotion: building a brand through marketing and communications, AVA Academia,

Ryan, Z. 2012, Fashion the Object: Bless, Boudicca and Sandra Backlund. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago.

Zaccagnini, F. 2009, Research Methods for the Fashion Industry, Fairchild Books, New York