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OCR GCSE Art and Design (9-1) - J174 Textile Design

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Once you have downloaded the specification, Textiles Design can be found on page 20.

An introduction to the course

The emphasis of this GCSE course is on practical work which includes investigative research as well as designing and making. You should expect to spend at least 60% of your lesson time involved in practical activities. To gain the most from this, you must be organised. A portfolio of evidence is     maintained by you to demonstrate your  design work, analytical skills,      evaluations and processes.

What the course involves

Practical sessions will include:

  • Demonstrating knowledge of fibres and fabrics.
  • Making products that show creativity and originality, using a range of fabrics and processes such as dye sublimation printing and laser cutting.
  • Design and make activities such as creating fashion accessories (hat, bag or scarf).
  • Making a textiles product of your choice. This could include fashion garments or accessories.

Gained skills:

  • To select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products.
  • To consider solutions to problems in the design and manufacture process.
  • To use tools and equipment safely.
  • To work accurately and efficiently in terms of time, materials and components.
  • To manufacture products applying quality control procedures.
  • To learn about and use computer aided manufacture (CAM).
  • Through testing, modification and evaluation, check that the quality of the products are suitable for intended users and make changes where necessary that would improve the product.
  • Working as part of a team when designing and making products.

How the course is assessed

60% portfolio work and 40% practical exam.

Career opportunities

This is a great starting point for any possible career within the textiles industry such as fashion designer and interior designer.

Post-16 opportunities

Textiles can lead to a course in textiles, product design or engineering at Post-16.

Required resources/equipment for the course

Students will be required to purchase their fabrics to use within the course and a designers essential kit provided by the college.

For further information contact:

Miss Roe (Head of Design & Technology) or Mrs Toon (Teacher of DT).