Textiles design

Why study textiles design?

If you enjoy both art and designing and making products with textiles then this is the course for you!

Textiles design is an art and design qualification that enables you to focus specifically on developing ideas using textiles materials and techniques such as: printing, dyeing, batik, silk painting, applique, machine and hand embroidery, CAD (computer aided design)/CAM and many others.

Students are required to work in one or more areas of textile design such as art textiles, fashion design, illustration, costume design, constructed textiles, printed and dyed textiles, surface pattern, stitched and embellished textiles, and soft furnishings and/or interiors.

Students must develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills of all aspects of textile design and the work of other artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures.

What will I learn?

Textile design encourages the development of imagination, sensitivity, observational and analytical skills.

Candidates are required to demonstrate their skills to:

  • record responses to direct experience
  • develop ideas for their work, investigating visual and other sources of information
  • explore and use a range of media for working in two and/or three dimensions
  • review, modify and refine work as it progresses and realise intentions
  • identify the distinctive characteristics of textiles, craft and design and relate them to the context in which the work was created, making connections with their own work
  • make critical judgments about textile, craft and design, using specialist vocabulary.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination – 40%
  • Controlled assessment task – 60%

Future pathways and careers

  • Clothing/textile technologist
  • Colour technologist
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Textile designer
  • Costume designer

Examination board


For more information on textiles design, contact Mrs Carefoot via email: vcarefoot@queenelizabeths-ac.org.uk

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