Textile Design

Exam Board: AQA


The aims of the course are as follows:

  • awareness of the elements of textile design, such as shape, line, scale, colour, texture, pattern, contrast and/or repetition in relation to the chosen area(s) of textile design.
  • awareness of intended audience or purpose for students’ chosen area(s) of textile design.
  • ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief or answering a need in the chosen area(s) of textile design.
  • appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief.
  • understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as: fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing, screen printing and laser printing; tie-dye and batik; spraying and transfer; fabric construction; stitching, appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and embroidery.

Entry Requirements

Students should have Grade 4 or higher in GCSE English, or the equivalent grade/mark in their national system of secondary education and Grade 6 in GCSE Art or equivalent drawing and painting ability.

Course Structure

Year 1

  • Students are introduced to a wide range of textile techniques which might include: exploring stitching to enrich the surface through hand and machine embroidery, variety of print techniques, applied fabrics, appliqué, weaving, quilting, photo-reactive surfaces, devoré, batik, tie dye and space dyeing, laser cutting, felting, pleating.
  • Students explore a range of materials such as: fabrics, mixed media, recycled materials, plastics, papers, resistant materials.
  • Students are introduced to research techniques and use critical and contextual analysis to support the development of ideas.
  • Throughout the course students should learn how to use a sketchbook effectively and select and present their work.
  • Written analysis for a personal art project of between 1,000 – 3,000 words with artwork.

Year 2

  • Completed personal art work project.
  • Exam project


  • Personal project with written work.
  • Exam project.

Careers and Opportunities

The elements of the Textile Design course give students the opportunity to decide whether they would like to pursue a career in garment and textile export houses, textile and fabric manufacturing, branded fashion showrooms, television and film industry, stylist, boutiques, retail chains and knit-wear design.