Curriculum – KS4 Art (Textiles)

Why Choose Art Textiles?

  • You have always been interested in ‘making’ art.
  • You are interested in fabrics.
  • You welcome the balance it gives to your other subjects.
  • Some of you already know you would like to pursue this as a career.
  • You cannot do A-Level Art/Textiles without completing a GCSE first.

Most of the people who work in the following areas have some qualification in Art, many at degree level: graphic design, advertising, product design, interior design, illustration, textile artist, fashion, web page design, set design, film and television, costume design.

Course Content

The textiles course enables students to develop their knowledge and understanding of textiles processes. The course is divided into four projects in which students learn to manipulate fabric by batik, transfers, silk painting, tie-dyeing and wax resist, or embellish fabrics by embroidery, appliqué, felting, and decorating with buttons and sequins. Students study the work of different textile artists as part of each project. Students produce their own fashion or home textile fabrics and use this to create final items including hats, scarves, wall hangings and cushions.

Visits and Visitors

Trips to galleries and museums are an important part of the course. The department works closely with the Royal College of Art and every year KS4 Art and Textiles students get the opportunity to visit one of the their interim exhibitions and participate in a skills-building workshop. Students regularly visit exhibitions at the V&A Galleries to help with their coursework.


Some investment in art equipment will be required to complete tasks at home; about £20 will cover the two year course.

Exam Board – Edexcel
Final Grade – New GCSE Grades 1-9
Structure of Assessment
 For Year 11 mock and final examinations, students choose their best media and working style. GCSE grades are awarded based on an end of course exhibition for which students present their best coursework completed over the two years, and a final examination piece completed during a two day examination. Although there is no written examination, there is an important written element and evaluations for each project.