Product Design – Textiles at Key Stage 3

In year 7 pupils begin the year by designing and making a finger puppet to be sold at London zoo. This allows them to develop both designing and hand stitch skills. It introduces them to the concept of designing for a client and working with a range of textiles equipment. They move onto the juggling ball project that links elements of maths – shape properties, measuring and area with creative surface decoration techniques. Pupils will use fabric paints and crayons, printing and batik techniques, learning about material control and colour theory. Pupils have enjoyed using the sewing machines independently to complete the juggling balls.

In year 8 pupils continue to develop their designing skills in the Pop Art phone stand project. Pupils apply their Pop Art design onto fabric and learn new constructions techniques to form their stand. They move onto learning tie dye and using the sublimation printer and heat press, further developing their batik and hand stich skills in the Alien soft toy project.

GCSE in Product Design – Textiles

Why study this subject?

Students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design from the past and from recent times, which will be integral to the investigating and making process. Students will explore drawing for different purposes and needs and will sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work where appropriate.

What will I learn?

This course offers students a creative and challenging experience in designing and making a commercial product using materials and techniques such as colour into fabric, embellishment techniques including the computer aided sewing machines, paper and card.

How will I be taught?

At the start of the course you will study a core unit of work, comprising of both design and make tasks and core theory. You will then move onto mini project work producing portfolios of work to complement practical outcomes. Finally you will complete your controlled assessment. All this will be supported with preparation for your written exam.

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your attainment. Regular tests will allow you to practise exam-style questions and improve your understanding of the course.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

Pupils will have the opportunity to work with a range of materials, which could lead into a diverse range of careers, including, fashion designer, fashion marketing, journalism or interior designer. It teaches a wide range of transferable skills such as problem solving, creativity, originality, design and make skills as well as analysis and evaluating.

Post-16 Progression

Textiles is a popular and challenging A-Level course open to all who achieve a good grade at GCSE. This A-Level supports applications to a number of degree courses at University, including further study in Design, Art or fashion relation courses.

How much homework will I have to do?

You will have to complete one piece of homework every week. However, you will also be expected to continually develop your understanding independently as well as using the independent learning opportunities available on Frog.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

Speak with anyone in the Design Technology department. Alternatively you can look at the AQA website. www.aqa.org.uk


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