Design and Technology: Textiles

Why study Textiles?

This area of study covers the development of skills, knowledge and understanding in textiles technology. Students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of contexts including designing and making functional or creative products. Students will also be asked to design, make and market products with commercial potential, using a variety of fabrics. 

Regular practical work is an essential part of the course and students are expected to take an active part in this aspect.

Regular homework enables pupils to develop the research and planning needed for the subject. Students should therefore be prepared to give sufficient time for the homework as it is an integral part of all aspects of the course.

Your parents/carers will be asked to contribute to the cost of materials for this course.

What does it prepare me for in the future?

Career/further education opportunities include:

  • Product design and Manufacture
  • Upholstery
  • Window Display
  • Exhibitions
  • Interior Design
  • Advertising
  • Retail Industry
  • Teaching
  • Textiles Design
  • Fashion
  • Film/Photography/Video
  • Industrial Design
  • Fashion Design
  • City and Guilds Clothing

What will I learn?

As part of the course pupils will carry out product analysis by studying existing textiles, designs and products. The analysis of the work of past and present designers acts as a starting point for the creation of new fashion design / look.

Through their studies of different textiles, pupils will develop a working knowledge of natural and synthetic fibres, investigating examples of woven, knitted and bonded fabrics. They will develop an awareness of technological advances in textiles materials and their applications in a wide range of industries.

What skills will I acquire?

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Teamwork
  • Independent learning
  • Use of tools and equipment
  • Designing
  • Health and safety

How is it assessed?

Coursework: project to include both a design folder and practical outcomes 60%
Written examination 40%