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The world of Textile Creative Arts is ever changing. Art textiles is the creation of artist studies and non-functional decorative textile pieces, using printed and decorative textiles in mixed media including fabrics and embellishment.

Are you a creative person with a keen interest in creative art and fashion? Are you willing to learn new creative skills in manipulating, dyeing and decorating fabric? GCSE Art Textiles will give you the skills and knowledge you need to express your ideas and develop your skills in art and the creative textiles world.

Areas of study

There are two components, pupils will work in one or more of the following areas of textiles design, and these are listed below: You will participate in the following units:

Art textiles
Fashion design and illustration
Costume design
Constructed textiles
Printed and dyed textiles
Surface pattern
Stitched and embellished textiles
Soft furnishings
Digital textiles
Fabric installed

Knowledge and understanding

The development of ideas though cultural, social, historical, contemporary, environmental and creative contexts.  This can take the fom of a functional or non-functional product.

How ideas, feelings, forms and purposes can generate responses that address personal needs or meet external requirements.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete two components; component one is a portfolio covering the four assessment objectives:
A01 – Developing ideas
A02 – Refining work by exploring ideas
A03 – Record ideas and observations
A04 – Present the finished product

  • Component 1:  worth 60% of your GCSE  portfolio

This will show coverage of the four assessment objectives, completed during class time and homework over the course.

  • Component 2: worth 40% of your GCSE the externally set assignment

Pupils choose from a range of externally set briefs. This is completed over 10 hours of supervised time in school.

(There is no written exam for this subject)

  • What skills will I learn?
  • The ability to study independently, set goals, manage your own workload and meet deadlines;
  • Project management skills;
  • Creative ability;
  • IT and technical skills including computer-aided design (CAD);
  • Problem solving;
  • Research and information;
  • Critical evaluation and interpretation of materials;
  • Written and oral communication skills;
  • Decision-making skills;

Additional activities

You may participate in:

  • University art & fashion exhibitions
  • Excursions to complete research
  • How can Textiles help me in the future?

There are various careers in textiles and fashion. Here are some examples:

  • Textiles Designer;
  • Fashion Designer;
  • Interior and Spatial Designer;
  • Clothing/textile Technologist;
  • Retail Buyer;
  • Industrial/Product Designer;
  • Creative artist and textile artist
  • Costume designer, film and theatre
  • School teacher
  • Printmaker
  • Artist

GCSE Textiles provides you with a suitable foundation for the continued study of textiles and fashion at a more advanced level e.g.

  • A Level Textiles;
  • BTEC Level 3 in Fashion and Clothing.

How do I find out more?

Ask Mrs Thrall and Miss Ranby for more information and guidance.

Email: h.thrall@oakwood.ac , v.ranby@oakwood.ac