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Art - Textiles

Textiles Learning Journey

Course Outline ‐ What will I learn?

Textile design is mainly taught through practical skills with some theoretical knowledge and research of textile artists and designers. Pupils will be taught how to use a sewing machine for both construction and decorative techniques. Teachers guide pupils through creative projects, encouraging experimentation and individual expression whilst learning a variety of textile techniques. The aim of the textile curriculum is to develop textile skills, nurture creativity and critical thinking. 


Use textile embellishment and construction techniques and processes, appropriate to your work and personal intentions for example:

  • Silk painting and  screen printing
  • Free machine embroidery
  • Hand embroidery
  • Designing
  • Colouring fabric through: dyeing, tie dyeing, fabric paint, heat transfer paint, fabric crayons
  • layering, applique, couching, 
  • Wet felting and needle felting
  • Making clothing and products
  • Fabric manipulation
  • Textile construction techniques


  • Art Textiles will teach pupils how to experiment with colour, pattern and texture
  • The application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas
  • Planning for final pieces
  • Producing and modelling products
  • Evaluating own work 
  • Critical understanding of textile artists/designers  work

How will it be assessed?

Coursework – 60% of your final mark (coursework begins at the start of Y10 and through until Dec of Y11) 

Externally Set Assignment – 40% of your final mark (The externally set assignment is started in January of Y11 and is completed in May of Y11)

Note – there is no written exam for Art, Craft and Design

What parents need to know

Pupils should have an interest in art, textiles and fashion and enjoy using sewn, constructed and dyed methods to create  both 2D design work,  garments and other constructed textiles . Pupils will need a good standard of drawing and presentation as pupils will be required to communicate and realise their ideas.  Pupils will need to complete homework that may be a selection of creative tasks as well as research and analysis based tasks. Pupils will need to be able to meet deadlines as this is a coursework based subject. 

Potential further study and careers

There are various careers in Textiles. Here’s just a few examples:

Textile Designer, Fashion designer, Textile Artist, Merchandiser, Fashion buyer, Costume design for TV, film or theatre, Soft furnishings designer, Textile historian, Surface pattern designer

Ex pupils’ experiences

“I enjoy textiles because it is a chance for me to be creative and explore  making different things. Also the topics we do are really interesting and fun. I’ve learnt so many things in how to make different pieces of clothing which I think will be really helpful in the future. Textiles inspired me to want a future in the fashion industry. I am now looking at courses to do at college in fashion as I believe I have found my (unexpected) talent in textiles. I’ve loved every class in textiles. Believe me it’s the best!”
Ex Y11 pupil

For Further Details

Please contact V.Tibenham, Art, Graphics and Textiles Subject Lead or H.Biggin, Textiles Subject Lead on info@oakwood.ac