• TMAS-88


Head of Department: Mrs M Scott


Students follow a three year Key Stage 3 curriculum in the Art and Design based Textiles course. The course begins with studying the key elements of art and design therefore engages, inspires and challenges pupils in their design potential. This essential start to the course equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own textiles based art work. Students are introduced to techniques such as appliqué, embroidery, batik, machine stitching and responding to a design brief. Students choosing textiles are expected and encouraged to analyse and imitate art and textiles techniques in their own work at home therefore they should begin to build up a craft foundation to work with. As art students progress on the GCSE course they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of textiles design, the practicalities of a design and the need to explore a range of techniques to ensure designs are fit for purpose.

Year 9

In Year 9 we begin the GCSE course where we closely follow the 4 GCSE Assessment Objectives for all Art & Design courses. Students learn how to research, present ideas, develop and refine their own ideas and produce a final piece of textiles based work. We encourage them to understand sketch-booking and the creativity that goes in to producing a journey of work. The topic we study initially is Woodlands including the work of Angie Lewin, William Morris and Yellena James.

Year 10 and 11

Students will recall and refine a range of art and textiles skills including drawing, painting studies, observation, collage, digital media, artist research printing, needlework, machine stitching, design and construction. They will apply these skills to meet the 4 Assessment Objectives (AO's) which encompass Recording and Presenting Ideas; Developing Ideas; Refining and Experimenting; Presenting Final Ideas.

A range of topics can be studied including Woodlands, Motif and Costume Design to name a few examples.


Homework is set weekly on Show My Homework and students are expected to complete a drawing skill as well as an extension task to develop their artistic skills. Tasks include:

  • Completing design sketches at home.
  • Collecting primary sources and objects to complete observational drawings and samples of textile work.
  • Analysing art work by producing in-depth paragraphs.
  • Collecting resources to use in a project such as fabrics, objects and embellishments.
  • Completing a set task to contribute to their coursework.

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Careers and Further Study

Students who study GCSE Art and Design (Textiles) can go on to study the subject at A-level and university. The study of Textiles at local colleges can help students to go on to careers in fashion, product design, graphics, computer animation and even become a famous designer.