Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes.

They will learn about both traditional and new technologies in textiles and fashion design.

This will include investigation of a range of resources relating to textiles from the past and from recent times.

Students are required to work in one or more areas of textile design, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • fashion design
  • fashion textiles
  • costume design
  • digital textiles
  • printed and/or dyed fabric and materials
  • domestic textiles and wallpaper
  • interior design
  • constructed textiles
  • art textiles
  • Installed textiles.

Students will learn a variety of skills in all the following: awareness of the elements of textile design, such as shape, line, scale, colour, texture, pattern, contrast and/or repetition in relation to the chosen areas of textile design. Students will develop:

  • ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief or answering a need in the chosen area(s) of textile design
  • appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief
  • understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as: fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing, screen printing and laser printing; tie-dye and batik; spraying and transfer; fabric construction; stitching, appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and embroidery as well as a variety of CAD/CAM methods

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
  • how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area(s) of textile design
  • historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
  • how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created
  • continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to textile design
  • a working vocabulary and specialist terminology

Year 12 and Year 13 curriculum maps