Product Design – Textiles at Key Stage 3

In year 7 pupils begin the year by designing and making a finger puppet to be sold at London zoo. This allows them to develop both designing and hand stitch skills. It introduces them to the concept of designing for a client and working with a range of textiles equipment. They move onto the juggling ball project that links elements of maths – shape properties, measuring and area with creative surface decoration techniques. Pupils will use fabric paints and crayons, printing and batik techniques, learning about material control and colour theory. Pupils have enjoyed using the sewing machines independently to complete the juggling balls.

In year 8 pupils continue to develop their designing skills in the Pop Art phone stand project. Pupils apply their Pop Art design onto fabric and learn new constructions techniques to form their stand. They move onto learning tie dye and using the sublimation printer and heat press, further developing their batik and hand stich skills in the Alien soft toy project.

GCSE in Product Design – Textiles

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Why study this subject?

This new GCSE textile design provides scope for innovation and creativity. With two components, comprising a ‘Portfolio’ selected from the course of study and an ‘Externally set exam’, this course allows a range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to develop and explore your personal interests. Textile design is defined in this course as the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched, printed or decorative textiles that might have a functional or non-functional purpose.

What will I learn?

During this course you will be exploring:

  • Art textiles
  • Fashion design and illustration
  • Costume design
  • Constructed textiles
  • Printed and dyed textiles
  • Surface pattern
  • Stitched and/or embellished textiles
  • Soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors
  • Digital textiles
  • Installed textiles

How will I be taught?

At the start of the course you will study a core unit of work, comprising of both design and make tasks and core theory. You will then move onto mini project work producing portfolios of work to complement practical outcomes. Finally you will complete your controlled assessment. All this will be supported with preparation for your written exam.

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your attainment. Regular tests will allow you to practise exam-style questions and improve your understanding of the course.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

Pupils will have the opportunity to work with a range of materials, which could lead into a diverse range of careers, including, fashion designer, fashion marketing, journalism or interior designer. It teaches a wide range of transferable skills such as problem solving, creativity, originality, design and make skills as well as analysis and evaluating.

Post-16 Progression

Textiles is a popular and challenging A-Level course open to all who achieve a good grade at GCSE. This A-Level supports applications to a number of degree courses at University, including further study in Design, Art or fashion relation courses.

How much homework will I have to do?

You will have to complete one piece of homework every week. However, you will also be expected to continually develop your understanding independently as well as using the independent learning opportunities available on Frog.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

Speak with anyone in the Design Technology department. Alternatively you can look at the AQA website. www.aqa.org.uk



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