Our ambitious and engaging Textiles curriculum has been created to cater for students of all ability ranges, SEND needs, minority groups, genders and cultural backgrounds.
It is our intent that the Textile Design curriculum builds cumulatively beginning with secure skills acquisition through project-based activities at KS3, selecting and working with a wide range of specialist tools, techniques and processes, equipment and machinery with increasing complexity, including access to Computer aided design/Computed aided manufacturing from KS4 upwards.
It is our intent that the Textiles curriculum is inspired by the students’ exploration of contemporary creative practitioners, Trend Forecasters and historic designers of Textiles and Fashion including the textiles of other cultures, whereby they evaluate and consider the functional and aesthetic qualities of a range of Textile products and garments. Students will use this knowledge and understanding to engage in the practical designing and making of innovative, functional and appealing products which respond to a variety of needs and situations. They will also understand how individuals working on developments in design and associated emerging Textile technologies have a responsibility to sustain the earth’s precious resources for future generations with creative solutions providing low-impact answers to the current and future problems of resourcing the needs of a growing global population - The Cradle to Grave concept of sustainable design. It is our intent that students will generate creative solutions avoiding stereotypical responses whilst responding to the ergonomic, cultural and physical needs of users, communicating their ideas through annotated sketches, detailed plans and fashion illustrations.
Cultural Capital is extremely high within the department and is enhanced when permitted by organised trips enabling students to access many globally renowned exhibitions and workshops in museums and galleries in London which supports the development of their extraordinary outcomes at GCSE and A level.
It is our ambition for the young people who study with us up to A level to leave our department as rounded creative practitioners, fully prepared for the challenges of Foundation Art and Design at globally elite London colleges or straight onto prestigious Fashion and Textiles degrees at top universities.