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Textiles

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Overview

Textile Design is defined as the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched or printed fabrics and involves an understanding of fibres, yarns and fabrics.

Learners must explore, acquire and develop skills, knowledge and understanding through the application of techniques and processes specific to Textile Design.

What skills will pupils develop?

Learners must explore practical and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of historical and contemporary textile designers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of textile design as appropriate to their own work.

Learners must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through area(s) of study relevant to Textile Design. Areas of Study Learners are required to work in one or more area(s) of Textile Design, such as constructed textiles, digital textiles, dyed fabrics/printed fabrics, fashion design, installed textiles, Soft furnishings and stitched and/or embellished textiles

Techniques learners must demonstrate the ability to work creatively with processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area(s) of study such as: weaving, surface printing (block, screen or digital), pattern making, pattern cutting, embroidery (machine or hand), knitting, batik, appliqué and collage.

Areas of Study

Learners must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through area(s) of study relevant to Textile Design, such as those listed below:

• Constructed textiles

• Digital textiles

• Dyed fabrics

Techniques

Learners must demonstrate the ability to work creatively with processes and techniques appropriate to these area(s) of study. Pupils will get more freedom to design creatively as their skills develop.

What will help pupils to learn?

  • Access to the internet at home.
  • Sewing machine at home.
  • Hobbies in the broad area of home crafts.

KS3 Course Structure

This is a KS4 / GCSE course only.

However, many of the skills and much of the knowledge learned in KS3 Design and Technology and KS3 Art and Design courses will support pupils as a foundation to this course.

KS3 Assessment

This is a KS4 / GCSE course only.

However, in KS3 D&T and KS3 Art lessons GCSE grades and grade descriptors are used. These are useful indicators as to the pupil’s competence and progress in this subject area.

KS4 Course Structure

OCR GCSE Art Textiles is split between coursework and a practical examination.

Unit 1: is a portfolio piece of coursework which accounts for 60% of the overall GCSE.

Unit 2: is an externally set task and accounts for the remaining 40% of the Grade. (10-hour examination, plus preparation time.)

KS4 Assessment

Work throughout KS4 is continuously assessed against GCSE criteria. The best work is selected for the portfolio for the exam board to moderate for unit 1.

Unit 2 is completed under exam conditions, as this an external exam which is set by the examination board.

Staff

Miss C. Barnett – NQT Induction Tutor

Opportunities out of lessons

  • Homework
  • Hobbies/ craft clubs
  • To help pupils keep up to date with coursework after school catch up sessions are available alongside occasional weekend and holiday sessions.

Career Pathways in this subject

A practical skills based subject is useful to have on your CV for many post 16 courses and jobs. This subject will be an obvious choice to any wanting to study ‘A’ level product design, study textiles at university, fashion design courses or do apprenticeships of many kinds.