Soham Village College

GCSE Textiles

GCSE Art Textile Design

Exam Board



EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Art & Design (Unendorsed 2AD01)

GCSE Art Textile Design


In this specification the students will have to work within their choice of AT LEAST two of the following areas of study:

Constructed Textiles: Innovative manipulation and reworking or threads and fabrics.

The use of a range of constructed textiles materials, tools and techniques such as woven and stitched, materials and digital and non-digital processes.

Digital Textiles: The design of textiles, employing digital techniques for use in commercial and creative industries such as fabric, carpet and wall paper design. The use of a range of digital textiles materials, tools and techniques such as traditional and non-traditional methods for recording and developing ideas in colour, construction, design, repeat pattern, surfaces and materials.

Dyed fabrics: The use of natural and dyed synthetics. The use of resist and applied techniques with natural and man-made fibres.

Printed fabrics: The use of printed textiles to create bespoke pieces and haute couture. The use of a range of printed textiles materials, tools and techniques such as mono print, transfer relief, relief print, wood cut, lino cut, silk screen and digital printing on fabrics.

Fashion design: The design and creation of clothing and fashion for creative and commercial audiences, clients and consumers. The use of a range of fashion design techniques, materials and tools such as pattern cutting, adornment, accessories and illustration on fabrics and garments with consideration of sustainable materials, recycling and ethical manufacture.

Installed textiles: The use of textiles to control and transform perception in a site specific interior space. The use of a range of installed textiles materials, tools and techniques such as padding, collage and assemblage.

Soft furnishings: The design of constructed textiles for use in furnished interiors, utilising their tactile and physical qualities for intended purposes. The creative use of the tactile and physical qualities of textiles in an interior space.

Stitched or embellished textiles: The design of stitched and/or embellished textiles for use in creative and commercial industries such as fashion, costume and interiors. The use of a range of stitched and/or embellished textiles materials, tools and techniques such as application and incorporation of media, objects and embellishments, hand and machine stitching.

All subject aims and assessment is the same for both courses, the only difference is the greater of lesser focus on photography and Textiles as a medium.

Other Information

Prior to starting the course in September you will be given research to undertake during the summer vacation.  This will form the basis of all work produced in the first year of the course. The second summer break will be spent researching work for the final year.

There will be visits throughout the course to local and national art galleries to view ground breaking art and design from between the 13th and 21st Century first hand in both Year 10 and 11 as well as workshop activities from established artists and designers to learn techniques not usually available in school to enhance student’s knowledge, skills and inspiration.