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Textile Design (Tx)

Exam Board and Specification: AQA GCSE Art & Design; Textile Design 8204



This is an exciting course where you will experiment with a whole range of textile techniques, from traditional to modern to give you the skills to be able to produce your own body of work to respond to a particular subject, theme or task.


This course consists of two units. The first unit is to build a portfolio of work, which must include a project that shows the whole journey from research to the final response. You will work in a sketchbook to complete your initial research, look at the work of artists and designers to inspire you. You will then use this information to create your ideas and trial textile techniques to complete an end product. You will learn and experiment with different textile techniques from silk painting, batik, felting, free machine embroidery, hand embroidery, a variety of different heat textiles to name but a few. You will gain confidence in using these techniques in order to produce your personal response. It is an art and design based course so design ideas are communicated in a variety of ways including drawing and different media. Unit two is begun in January of Year 11 and is your response to your chosen externally set task.

The final product could be art textiles, fashion, printed and dyed, digital, soft furnishings.


Component 1: Portfolio. 60% of GCSE.

Component 2: Externally set assignment. The assignment begins January of Year 11, preparatory work is completed, and your personal response produced under 10 hours of supervised time.


Regular homework is a necessary part of this course. It could be developing ideas started in class, researching into artists and designers, finishing techniques.


Teaching Method Used

This is all about building your own body of work so you must be able to work creatively under your own motivation. Workshops are used to teach new techniques and willingness to experiment and play with ideas to see what can be achieved and how you could develop this technique is important.


Careers This Subject Leads Onto

  • A level Textiles
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Interior Design
  • Print Design

For further information contact:  Mrs Smith