Textiles: Art & Design course description

Art and Design endorsed Textiles is a visual and creative subject which allows students to learn about the work of contemporary and historic artists and designers, relating their knowledge to the development of their own skills as artists. Textiles (fabric and threads) is the medium through which students will draw, design, experiment and investigate in response to a theme, title or design brief.

The course is open to all students of all abilities. Students have studied Fine Art and Textiles: Art and Design at KS3 and have had experience of using a wide range of art materials and specialist processes. Most interests and skills can be explored in this examination course and students will be rewarded for what they know and understand and what they can do.

What is Textiles: Art and Design?

Art and Design endorsed Textiles is a visual and creative subject which allows students to learn about the work of contemporary and historic artists and designers, relating their knowledge to the development of their own skills as artists. Textiles (fabric and threads) is the medium through which students will draw, design, experiment and investigate in response to a theme, title or design brief. They will work from direct observation and experience using a range of media. Students will learn to work to their own strengths and be able to identify areas for development throughout the duration of the course.

The course is designed to cover four main areas for critical, practical and theoretical study of art, craft and design. Students are awarded marks for:

  • Contextual understanding
  • Creative making
  • Reflective recording
  • Personal presentation

Students use a wide range of textile techniques to create personal work using own original ideas. These are:

Dyed textiles; batik, tie-dye, sprayed, direct painting and silk

Printed textiles; block, transfer, lino and stencil.

Constructed textiles; knitted, woven and stitched/embroidery (machine and hand).

The subject area encourages an experimental approach, working with contemporary ideas, both 2D and 3D, producing outcomes for the body or the built environment including

Soft furnishings, book covers, decorative hangings, installations, sculptural and stand-alone forms.

Required equipment: soft lead pencils HB, 2, rubber, glue stick, scissors (small), watercolours, fine liner pen, coloured pencils.

Optional: camera, knitting needles, threads, fabric and paper scraps, needles, oil pastels.

Textiles Exam Board Specification

A good grade in this subject indicates creative ability and lays an appropriate foundation for further study of art and design or related subjects at A-level, vocational and foundation course in any of the visual arts.

Exam board specification

The specification aims to develop:

  • Creative and imaginative abilities
  • Practical skills to communicate and express ideas
  • Investigative and analytical skills
  • Cultural knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design
  • Understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice

Progression routes

A good grade in this subject indicates creative ability and lays an appropriate foundation for further study of art and design or related subjects at A-level, vocational and foundation course in any of the visual arts.

Art and Design: TEXTILES is the basic ingredient of a vast range of career options such as: fashion, textiles design, surface design for industry, advertising, television and media, costuming for television and theatre, interior design, illustration, animation and many more.

For further enquiries contact:

Subject Leader

Ms. L. Scannelli

lscannelli@deptfordgreen.lewisham.sch.uk