Global Fashion

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Fashion

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Art, Fashion, Fashion Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course introduces students to some underlying principles related to global fashion including sustainable fashion practices, ethical fashion production in developing economies and the unseen costs of fashion. As well, students will be exposed to fashion law in the context of the ownership of creative identity, fashion design and intellectual property. A study of the politics of fashion will provide an understanding of the role of fashion in social change. Students will explore contemporary case studies in each area and participate in an ongoing discussion of the impact of fashion upon global culture.

    Course Introduction
    In this course, students will gain an understanding of the 'big picture' of fashion as a form of global cultural expression. Students will learn how fashion is made, in a conceptual exploration of the industry of fashion, and how fashion is legitimised in a study of fashion systems. An underlying theme of this course is a critical examination of the economy of fashion, where students will take part in a variety of exercises, including a field trip to investigate the business of fashion.

    This course is delivered in mixed mode and combines broad social and cultural investigations of fashion along with studio activities and discussion. Students will develop a deep conceptual and practical understanding of the global importance, and impact of fashion on identity, economy and politics. Examinations of environmental values, sustainability and fashion law in the digital context will inform the direction of the course development and its outcomes.

    Successful students will demonstrate an ability to meet deadlines, participate in and contribute to critical thinking and discussion, develop creative and scholarly practices, and will move their creative practice forward with a clear understanding of their role in the global economy of fashion.

    Course Aims
    This course is designed to encourage a critical examination of the field of fashion, and contemporary behaviours of consumption, by examining how clothes are made, how they become 'fashion' and how the business of fashion operates in the global context.

    Students will learn to respond to current social, cultural, political and economic issues that are associated with fashion, which will provide a strong framework for their future practice, and they will do so in a learning environment that reinforces the role of digital media.

    Key concepts relevant to the course will be examined in depth so-as-to provide a diverse perspective of the infrastructure of fashion. This course will position its students as deep thinkers who are able to 'connect the local with the global', and able to work across diverse media and various disciplines to advance their studies of fashion design as place of informed creative identity.

    This course is for second year students and forms a part of the Fashion Studies Major in the Bachelor of Digital Media studies at the Gold Coast Campus, however it will be of interest to students who are interested in how global behaviours of consumption are shaped, including students from 3D design, urban design, interior design and related fields.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1.Articulate a broad and coherent knowledge-base of the key principles of Fashion Systems, industry, and the Economy of Fashion.

    2.Understand and apply the key functions and processes that will inform your role, and sense of place as a creative practitioner in the field of global fashion.

    3.Develop cognitive skills to critically evaluate the theory and practice of fashion in the context of broader social, economic and political contexts.

    4.Create and articulate a body of work that illustrates your ability to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex and theoretical knowledge in relation to problem solving and generate innovative solutions the field of global fashion production.

    5.Show initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship. Have taken steps on a pathway to independent lifelong learning

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.