Textiles & Fashion Design

Subject Intent: Why Textiles & Fashion Design?

The intent of the Textile and Fashion Design curriculum is to progress student understanding through exposure to professional skills and techniques inherent to professional and undergraduate study in Textiles. Students are offered the chance to explore a range of textile art skills and specialist fashion design techniques. It gives students the experience of working to a live brief from the ideas generation stage, client profiling, and design ideas through to the production of final garments and exhibition pieces. These are essential skills and experiences necessary for success in any creative industry. Students prepare a personal portfolio of creative work that sets them up to work as designers in areas such as the fashion industry, marketing and communications, interior design, and textile art.

What will I study?

  • Observational drawing
  • Mark-making
  • Fabric manipulation
  • Embroidery
  • Weave and knit
  • Collage
  • Printmaking
  • Experimental textiles
  • Felt-making
  • Garment construction
  • Fashion illustration
  • Concept building and contextual research
  • Portfolio presentation
  • Time management and problem solving skills
  • Presentation skills

Textiles & Fashion Design

Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.

What are lessons like in this subject?

You will work in a welcoming, creative, open studio environment, experiencing both traditional and contemporary Textile and Fashion Design processes. You will have access to industry standard Mac suites, weaving looms, sewing machines and screen-printing equipment alongside a range of experimental processes and materials across the Visual Arts department.  You will engage with live briefs, thinking like a designer in industry, and have talks from practitioners and university lecturers to aid with your progression into creative degrees and job roles. You will experience trips to local art galleries and museums for inspiration and can also take part in a fantastic residential in Paris in your second year of study.

What our


You’re exposed to techniques and methods you may have not encountered before and this provides you to really hone your skill to its highest level allowing you to create beautifully crafted outcomes which you can look at and truly be proud of.

Amanda Štrāle, Beckfoot Thornton School

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