Product Design (Textiles) AS/A Level at Kennet School
You will undoubtedly have a passion for designing and making products from fabric. The course will develop your creative ability and your understanding of the links between design and manufacture, materials and markets. Lessons are divided between coursework and theory. For coursework, in Year 12 students design their own choice of products from given themes, whereas in Year 13, students develop their own brief. The theory lessons may involve practical activities to teach or develop skills, research, product analysis, presentations, taught topics and more. You will learn to develop designs from different starting points using a sketchbook.
You will study two units each year, combining practical with theory, including the history of design, contemporary design and designers, technological inventions and influences, fibres, fabrics, properties and working characteristics, pattern cutting, industrial practice, ICT in textiles, marketing and consumer issues.
It is recommended that candidates have A*-B in GCSE Textiles and a strong personal interest.
First year assessment requires two modules. Unit 1 is assessed by an exam and tests knowledge of materials, components and application. Unit 2 is a coursework component consisting of one project chosen from a range of briefs. Students are encouraged to study existing designs, including ways of improving them and to apply their knowledge and understanding. Units are equally weighted.
In recent years, students have gone onto study fashion textile design, interiors and theatre costume design at various universities including the London College of Fashion. Other possible careers include designing fabric (print, weave, etc.), childrenswear, menswear, textiles technology or manufacture, retailing, consumer or fashion journalism, pattern cutting, textile testing and fashion buying.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kennet School directly.