Fashion and Textile Design

The focus of this subject is to develop creative and analytical skills to produce a range of responses to given briefs. We explore a range of decorative and construction techniques to create a range of textile products. Students research and explore fashion throughout the eras, along with different cultures to inform their design decisions. Our students are encouraged to look at current fashion news and trends and we organise a range of trips to facilitate this. We have created a stimulating and informative work environment where students are able to work independently.

KS3

Overview

KS3 Fashion and Textiles offers learners a range of projects to develop their hand and machine sewing skills. Students explore the basic principles of designing, working with a design brief and specification. We offer an afterschool club where students are able to extend their learning further, through producing exciting and challenging fashion and textile products.

Year 7

Kite Project:

  • Students are introduced to using a sewing machine through creating a range of samples.
  • Students use research to create a range of designs to meet their specification.
  • Students create their final piece using the sewing machine skills that they have learnt.

Felt Badge Project:

  • Students are introduced to hand sewing skills through creating a range of samples.
  • Students look at the properties of natural fibres and their uses. They produce their own felt fabric for their final piece.
  • Students use research to create a range of designs to meet their specification.
  • Students create their final piece using the hand sewing skills that they have learnt.

Year 8

Bag Project:

  • Students develop their sewing machine skills through creating a prototype bag.
  • Students learn about upcycling and recycling products.
  • Students use research to create a range of designs to meet their specification.
  • Students create their final piece using the sewing machine skills that they have learnt.

Monster Project:

  • Students develop their hand sewing skills through creating a range of samples.
  • Students use research to create a range of designs to meet their specification.
  • Students create their final piece using the hand sewing skills that they have learnt.

KS4

Overview

BTEC Tech Award in Creative Design: Fashion and Textiles

Throughout KS4 learners will focus on producing a portfolio of skills based evidence through decorative and construction techniques. Students also prepare for the exam through a range of workshop experiences.

Assessment

This subject is 60% coursework, divided into two sections.

  1. Skills demonstration. Through a number of projects you will produce a range of core skills.
  2. Extended making project .During this project you will be able to choose from a selection of briefs supplied by AQA. This includes researching the topic, designing, prototyping and making a finished item to a professional standard, finally, evaluating its success.

The remaining 40% will be made up by a theoretical exam, which focuses on both your designing and making skills and the theory behind commercial manufacturing.

Year 9

The first year of the course will introduce learners to a wide range of skills needed to complete small projects. Students complete an in-depth exploration of decorative techniques, using Art Nouveau for inspiration. They then complete a range of designs based on this theme and they create a final piece incorporating the decorative techniques that they have learnt.

Students then go on to completing an in depth exploration into construction techniques and create a final garment.

Year 10

Continuing their work from Year 9, learners will extend their knowledge of decorative and construction techniques. The focus will work towards starting an extended project that will account for 60% of the overall qualification. This project will be selected from a list of options that will focus on one or more disciplines explored previously. Learners are required to produce a portfolio of work following their investigation into the brief, a final product will be made and presented which shows an appreciation of industry processes.

Year 11

The final year of study will conclude the extended project and focus on exam revision. Revisiting topics explored through lessons and coursework, revision will focus on specific knowledge needed for the final 40% exam. The exam will be multiple choice, with a large proportion being a designing task, this requires learners to produce a series of responses to a given brief and use a specification to present the best possible solution.

KS5

Overview

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design: Fashion and Clothing

This Edexcel BTEC Level 3 will introduce you to the expansive world of Fashion and Textiles.

The course will encourage you to explore a range of Fashion and Textile processes and introduce you to professional practice using industry standard machinery. Throughout your study, you will be challenged to create innovative designs to a high standard that will result in an exhibition at the end of year two.

The course can be taken as a Subsidiary Diploma, developed over two years; this is the equivalent of 1 A level. Alternatively, a Certificate can be achieved in one year during your time in Year 12.

BTEC Level 3 will also compliment other creative courses delivered across the College. You will create a fantastic portfolio of work which will be invaluable for future entry onto University courses.

Year 12

During the first year of this course you will explore three projects that includes costume design, garment construction and fashion illustration techniques.

Year 13

During the second year of this course you will explore three projects that includes creating an elaborate final piece combining all skills learnt so far on the course. Your final investigation is a self driven project that requires you to write your own brief. You will be encouraged to use a wide range of decorative and construction techniques, and take inspiration from current fashion trends.