Textile Design

Head of Department: Mrs M Wilson - m.wilson.scs@osborne.coop
                                            Mrs S Calleja-Taylor - s.calleja.scs@osborne.coop

Textile Design involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials such as fibres, yarns and fabrics, and processes such as weaving, knitting, stitching and printing to create designs and products.

Textile designers play an important role in the world of fashion, theatre, performance and retail. Textile Design practitioners may work within a team environment in a large commercial manufacturing company, on a single aspect of the design or making, or work as freelance practitioners on commissions or self-directed projects. 

The course focuses on four objectives:

 Develop - develop ideas through investigations, showing critical understanding of sources.
   Refine - refine work by exploring ideas and experimenting with different materials.
  Record - record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
 Present - present and produce a meaningful response that realises intentions and shows you have an                                       understanding of visual language.

There are many skills, techniques, materials, processes and concepts that are essential to all areas of study in Textiles. Students will develop work in at least one of the following:

  • Constructed textiles
  • Dyed fabrics
  • Printed fabrics
  • Fashion design
  • Soft furnishings
  • Stitched and/or embellished textiles

Year 11 Course Title: Textile Design

Exam Board & Code: Edexcel 1TE0  Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)


Component 1: 60% (72 marks) - Personal Portfolio (internally set)
Component 2: 40% (72 marks) - Externally Set Assignment

Img 8564    Textiles Art Gallery - examples of our Years 9 and 10 GCSE Textiles work

GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)

Year 9: Sea Life

Year 9 is the start of GCSE Textiles, where students spend the year looking at the theme of ‘Sea Life’. Students explore numerous materials and techniques, as well as studying the work of artists and Textile disciplines.

Students will need to work independently to show progress in their sketchbook, including critically analysing their own work in order to aid progress.

The majority of the year is teacher-led (in contrast to independent learning in Year 10 and 11); this is so students focus on the skills required to succeed in GCSE Textiles. However towards the end of the year, students will be expected to be original and think of their own ideas based on the theme of ‘Sea Life’ in order to create their own Textile final piece.

Year 10: Freedom

Throughout Year 10 students work on a project based on ‘Freedom’. All students are encouraged to work independently and develop their own ideas and textile based outcomes around the theme.

They use lesson and home learning time to complete various tasks in their sketchbook outlined by the teacher each half term. All students are working towards a ten hour (two day) exam at the end of the year, which shows how they have developed both their textile skills and ideas for ‘Freedom’.

Year 11

Term 1: Mock Exam
This is usually the past exam paper from the previous year. Students use the Edexcel exam paper and plan independent journeys in their sketchbooks to improve their art which culminates in a 10 hour exam, where they produce a final piece.

Term 2: Exam
The Edexcel exam paper is published in January and the students then have Term 2 to create a sketchbook which works towards a two day exam to create a final piece.

Term 3
Any remaining time in Year 11 is used to complete unfinished work, improve coursework or complete extension tasks.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Year 7

Term 1: Landscapes
(18 lessons throughout the year all based around the theme of ‘Landscapes’). Skills include paper tearing and painting.

Term 2:

Term 3:
Mixed media work - painting and weaving.

Year 8

Term 1: Insects
(18 lessons throughout the year all based around the theme of ‘Insects’). Skills include water-colour painting

Term 2:

Term 3:

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