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Textiles is a popular department at Kent College.  We hope to inspire students to use their creative skills and practical experience to create unique and innovative textiles for Fashion, Interiors and Art. We aim to promote designing and making using a variety of traditional and modern techniques.

Year 7

In year 7 we spend the first half term exploring the textile room and basic sewing skills. We allow time for students to feel confident and comfortable with the equipment and machines before embarking on the design and make projects.

First project - Students will make a cushion inspired by different themes and decorated using the applique technique.

Second project – Students will make a lined denim bag using the applique technique for decoration.

Year 8

First project – The students design and make a simple elasticated sun dress decorated with pockets and bows

Second project – Students make a doddle cushion created using their own fabric designs, printed using sublimation inks and heat pressed onto their fabric.

Year 9

First project – Flowers and Foliage: Students will make a batwing style top embellished with different textile techniques. 

Second project – Students will be involved in making costumes and accessories for the Lower school production.

Year 9 students are encouraged to enter the Young Fashion Designer competition coordinated and hosted by Kent College.

Students in all years are invited to showcase their work in the annual runway show or exhibition.

At both GCSE and A Level a range of advanced 'design and make' tasks are completed.  These address complex skills and concepts leading to the final coursework tasks and requirements set by the Edexcel Exam Board.

GCSE Textile Design

Textile Design is a versatile practice that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials such as fibres, yarns and fabrics, and processes such as weaving, knitting, stitching and printing to create designs and products. Textile designers also play an important role in the world of fashion, theatre, performance and retail.

In Year 10, students are tasked with beginning a process bible which they add to throughout the year. Around November time we use our cross curricular links with the drama department to create a costume project for the whole school production.  Students in the past have made costumes for Evita, Agamemnon, on the razzle, Carousel and Hiawatha.

Students will work on two components during Year 11.

Component 1: Personal Portfolio

120 hours of guided learning which is internally set, marked and standardised.  The unit is externally moderated and is worth 60% of the whole GCSE.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

This unit consists of 20 hours informal supervision leading to a final 10-hour sustained focus, conducted under formal supervision.  The unit is worth 40% of the whole GCSE.

One visit per unit is planned for students to gather inspiration either locally or further afield.

A Level

Textile design is a versatile discipline that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and processes in order to produce fabrics for different purposes. Textile designers are expected to work in a multi-disciplinary way to create ideas, concepts, materials and techniques for different applications; for example in fashion and clothing, or innovative clothing for theatre or film production. Technological innovation in textile development is used increasingly to produce specialist fabrics, which can be protective, fireproof, waterproof, or performance enhancing.

Some textile designers create fabrics for interior applications such as upholstery, bed linens, wallpapers, carpets or work more generally as surface designers for vinyl coverings, tiles, greetings cards and wrapping paper. Textile design can also be interpreted as a personal and individual fine art discipline, being used to create installations, mixed media constructions, tapestries, three-dimensional pieces, applications, soft sculpture and wall hangings.

Textile design is sub-divided into the following three disciplines: textiles for interiors, fine art textiles, fashion textiles.

Component 1: Supporting studies, practical work and a personal study (60% of the total qualification)

Component 2: Textiles Externally Set Assignment – Preparatory studies and a 15 hour period of sustained focus. (40% of the total qualification)

All exam students are invited to showcase their work in the annual runway show or exhibition and are encouraged to enter the annual Young Fashion Designer Awards coordinated and hosted by Kent College.

Leaver’s Destinations:

Central St Martins, London College of fashion, Brighton University, Ravensbourne College of Art,

De Montfort University, Northumbria, Nottingham Trent.

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