Textile Design (4204)


Candidates should be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.

They should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates' understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Candidates should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be evidenced in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product.

Candidates should explore drawing for different purposes and needs.

Candidates may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work where appropriate.

Areas of Study

Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Textile Design, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • Fashion and/or costume
  • Printed and/or dyed materials
  • Domestic textiles
  • Constructed and/or applied textiles
  • Constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles.

Candidates are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Textile Design that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice. Where direct engagement may not be possible, the expectation is that work should include appropriate and explicit critical study.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate practical skills in the context of specific chosen areas of study or any combined areas of study.

Skills and Techniques

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen area(s) of study:

  • making appropriate use of colour, line, shape, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and/or repetition
  • showing in their work an understanding of process, meaning, mood, style and scale
  • using methods and processes appropriate for the intended audience or the purpose of their chosen aspect of textiles
  • showing in their work appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief
  • providing evidence of working in a variety of textile methods, such as fabric printing, tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer, fabric construction, stitching, felting and fabric manipulation
  • providing evidence of the use of safe working practices

Knowledge and Understanding

Candidates should adopt an integrated approach to the critical, practical and theoretical study of art, craft and design which includes first-hand experience of original work.

Candidates must show knowledge and understanding of:

  • how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed in images, artefacts and products in their chosen area(s) of study in Textile Design
  • a range of art, craft and design processes including two and/or three dimensions and traditional and new media technologies
  • how images, artefacts and products relate to social, historical, vocational and cultural contexts
  • a variety of approaches, methods and intentions of contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society in their chosen area(s) of study within Textile Design
  • a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms relevant to their chosen area(s) of study within Textile Design.