Textiles GCSE

Ms. L. Robson

Head of Department

Examining Board AQA

“At a time when real damage is occurring to arts education, I want to point to how substantially its creative power lights the path to our future, [fashion] is the second most profitable industry in the world. I think it’s really important to make a statement.” Richard Quinn   MA Fashion, Central Saint Martins, UAL

At GCSE, we offer a successful and evolving course that combines traditional skills with contemporary practice:

  1. MAKING

Designing and making your own fashion garments eg. T-shirts, corsets, bags, belts, hats, shoes, jewellery, jackets. Engaging with contemporary makers in print, stitched textile art, embroidery, soft sculpture, installation, craft, interiors and fashion.

  1. FABRICS

             Designing and constructing your own fabrics using silkscreen printing, weaving, stitching, batik, dyeing and felting. Surface pattern and print.

  1. FASHION STYLING & PROMOTION

Setting up and styling fashion shoots, taking your own photographs and editing them for use as magazine covers or promotional material.

  1. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Ethical principles, environmental concerns, upcycling, refashioning and customising garments.

Course structure:

PORTFOLIO OF WORK = 100% OF FINAL GRADE

This is made up of practical projects set by the teacher to which the students develop a personal response. Research, develop, experiment, record.

UNIT 1 and 2: Coursework: Narrative textiles and environment.

Topics vary in response to current exhibitions /museum/ gallery learning.

Genres: Print and Pattern, Costume, Textile art, Fashion, Accessories, Illustration and Interiors.

Visual and contextual research. Responding to artists, designers and makers. Learning practical skills and experimenting with materials.

Presenting a personal response (final piece) based on prior research and experimentation/ planning.

Final piece(s)

2 x approx.10 hour personal responses produced under exam conditions. Coursework workshop days in Year 10 and 11.

Extra- curricular opportunities offer practical workshops and sketchbook skills, coursework support and specialist practitioner visits; eg. Sew Jessalli, Blandford.

WHY TEXTILES?

Fantastic results: Textiles GCSE was the top scoring P8 subject 2020

It is creative, messy and FUN! We leave the classroom. We make things. We work collaboratively. There is no written exam.

85% Level 4-8 2018   100% A* – B A Level 2020

TRIPS, VISITS & WORK EXPERIENCE

Blandford Fashion Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Stitch Show, AUB Summer Show, Sew Jessalli, Kyleigh’s papercuts, Just William

LOCAL and NATIONAL COMPETITIONS, PRIZES

The Clothes Show

The Valter Trust- Cockbaine Shield winners for design innovation 2019

Dorset Asset Trust- regional Textiles prize 2018 and 2019.

ANNUAL FASHION SHOW and EXHIBITION

NSEAD 2017: UK Fashion industry employs 800,000 people

Fashion and textile industry contributes £66 billion to the economy.

This is a qualification that will help you access higher-level creative courses

(e.g. ‘A’ Level Fashion & Textiles, Art & Design, Photography, Graphics etc.), or employment and apprenticeships in the creative sector:  e.g. Retail/visual merchandising, designer/maker, fashion buyer, advertising and branding, costume.

Contact:        Ms. L. Robson – Head of Textiles

Fashion futures: Our students have gone on to study at degree level via our Year 14 BTEC Foundation Art course; London College of Fashion, Winchester School of Art, De Montfort, Manchester, UCA.