D&T - Textile Design

Subject: D&T - Textile Design GCSE
Syllabus Number: AQA 8204
Teachers who lead the subject: Miss M Witherow

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Textiles Design Film

Why study Textile Design?

Textile Design could lead to a wide range of jobs such as fashion designing, interior designing, costume design, retailing, hotel, tourist and leisure industries, craft industries and scientific textiles development. If you are interested in any aspect of the Fashion, Textiles and Art then this is the course for you.

Textile Design enables you to:

  • Explore a range of textile media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.
  • Investigate relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples.
  • Create practical and critical activities which demonstrate understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.
  • Candidates may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals/ portfolio to develop drawn designs and present practical skills and the importance of process as well as a final outcome.

Outline of syllabus content

Starting in Year 10 candidates will cover projects where you will be developing ideas through investigations and research, refining ideas through experimenting and learning techniques, processes and recording ideas. Candidates will present a meaningful and informed response to each project in the form of a final piece or a textile product.

Candidates will be introduced to a variety of experiences including:

  • printed and dyed materials
  • constructed and applied textiles
  • embellished textiles
  • art textiles
  • fashion design and illustration
  • costume design
  • printed and dyed textiles
  • surface pattern
  • stitched and/or embellished textiles
  • soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors
  • digital textiles
  • installed textiles.


Component 1 Portfolio – work undertaken during the course of study which must include more than one project – the work is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA – 60%
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment - 10 hours, three months preparation time - Question papers issued from January of Y11, candidates respond to their chosen starting point - the work is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA – 40%