At a Fareham Academy we provide students with a successful and dynamic textiles curriculum. In Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, and 9) students study textiles as part of the design and technology carousel curriculum. Students explore and experiment with a range of sewing techniques, including decorative embroidery stitches, manipulating and combining fabrics as well as developing their skills as textiles artists. Students are inspired by contemporary artists and designers and expand their analytical skills making connections between their own work and that of artists and designers.
For students interested in expanding their fashion and textiles knowledge and skills, GCSE Art Textiles is a fun and rewarding option. Students develop their coursework portfolios focusing on two projects:
Gardens - where students explore the processes of batik and freehand embroidery
Tree Bark - where students explore felt making, textures and decorative embroidery
There is no written exam for this GCSE but there is a terminal assessment where students are required to create a textiles body of work based on the themes set by the awarding body AQA. Past themes have included 'detail', 'out of place', 'maps'.
Students who study GCSE textiles go onto continue with their creative journeys into areas such as Fashion Design and Interiors Design. The UK creative industries sector is world leading with many Global fashion brands being lead by Young British Designers.