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KS4 - Textiles

Awarding Body: AQA Art & Design  - Textile Design

The course offers students a wide range of creative and exciting opportunities to explore a variety textile techniques with reference to contemporary artists and fashion designers. For example, Art Textiles, Fashion Design and Illustration, costume design, constructed textiles, printed and dyed textiles, stitched and/or embellished textiles and digital textiles.

Students considering Textiles at GCSE should have a real interest in the subject. They should be motivated and prepared to work hard independently, supporting class work with up to 1 hour of extracurricular study each week. This is a full GCSE and students will be graded 1-9.

Students complete a coursework portfolio worth 60% of their final mark. Through their work students will record ideas through mark making, photography and a wide variety of textile techniques. For this portfolio students will work in sketch books and explore two briefs:

‘Botanicals’ which focuses on surface pattern experimenting with different printing and dying processes and ‘Construction’ taking architecture as the theme developing textiles outcomes including applique, 3D pattern development and fabric manipulation. They will develop their skills in these areas through a variety of samples and will learn how to effectively use materials to produce increasingly skilled and expressive pieces.

They will also develop their own ideas by exploring the work of contemporary artists, textile and fashion designers and producing appropriate responses. They will experiment in a range of media from digital printing, screen printing, block printing, knitting, weaving, free hand machine embroidery, textile embellishments, dying, surface pattern, disperse dying and constructed textiles to creative pattern cutting. Projects develop from a single starting point in a variety of directions, exploring a wide range of expressive techniques. Students conclude their project by producing a relevant final piece, usually a fashion garment. The coursework portfolio and exam are marked against four assessment objectives that represent all aspects of the course evenly including textiles techniques, artist’s research, use of media and final piece.

At the end of the course students sit an externally set exam worth 40% of their final mark. Students receive an early release paper with a selection of titles to choose from. Like their coursework, these titles are starting points for a project. Students respond to these in the same way as they do with their coursework producing drawings, mark makings and photographs of relevant objects, researching and responding to relevant Artists and designers, and exploring ideas through a variety of media. This period of preparation begins in January and the work produced in and out of class is worth 30% of their final mark. Students then produce a relevant final piece during a 10-hour exam (held over 3 sessions under exam conditions over March and April of Y11) worth the remaining 10% of their mark.


This course is part of the Art and Design qualifications, as such you could not take both Textiles and Fashion and Art and Design.  As this course is part of Art and Design remit, textiles students will have the opportunity to go on all of the Art trips ran by the Art department.

For this course we will be asking for a contribution of £15 each year towards sketchbooks and contributions to materials.  This can be paid via Parent Pay.