Textiles is intended for those candidates who are interested in an Art & Design course which relates specifically to the investigation, understanding and different materials, their surface qualities, structures and textural qualities.
The course will involve working to a design brief, identifying and exploring problems, planning courses of action, using appropriate equipment and materials, designing and working in a variety of media including I.C.T.
Areas of study will include:
Students will be introduced to the following areas:-
- Costume/Fashion design
- Dyed and printed textiles
- Collage, appliqué and embroidery
- Constructed textiles – felt making, weaving.
From this experience students can select one or more areas to develop as they produce the range of coursework needed to fulfil this subject’s GCSE requirements.
Students are also required to complete a controlled test/examination, which is similar to a unit of work but produced in a limited time and concluded in 10 hours under exam conditions.
60% – Coursework
40% – Controlled Test
Personal Attributes Required:
- Show a high level of commitment, both in college and on visits to external facilities and in completion of work out of school hours.
- Provide themselves with basic equipment e.g. sketchbook, glue stick, some materials, crayons etc.
- To visit art galleries, libraries, museums and other places relevant to the course (either independently or through school trips)
- Consider their own suitability for a course, which relies heavily on self-discipline in a practical area.
Further Education / Future Careers:
Students completing the Art & Design (Textile Design) course will gain the necessary skills to continue their artistic development at further or higher education level. The course offers a broad skills base which equips students to go on to general Art and Design courses as well as Fashion and Textiles.
Careers in the creative industries are varied and students will discover opportunities as they continue their route through further education courses.
GCSE itself develops creativity and practical skills which are relevant and transferable to many areas of work or apprenticeships.
Students will be expected to complete a range of independent research tasks, personal preparation and gather material for use in their own work on a weekly basis.