Key Stage 4: Textiles
This subject has been designed to encourage students to want to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of Textiles materials. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn through using new equipment and resources, considering manufacturing and industrial settings, designing for new client groups . This course is good preparation for anyone thinking of going on to further studies in Design or into work.
During the course students will learn in more depth about fibres and fabrics, finishing processes and Textiles components. This may include Smart and Modern Materials like phosphorescent threads and fabric or how electronics can be used in traditional fabric products. They will also be taught more about Design and Market Influences, Product Analysis, Social, Cultural, Moral, Health and Safety and Environmental Issues. Students will get the chance to extend their sewing skills and try out new methods of Textiles production such as knitting and felting. Students will produce 2D design work, practice and test run design ideas in the form of toiles or mock ups followed by the production of finished 3D artefacts.