“Textile arts are versatile and can transition from use to use, and that is their true genius.”

-Sandra Espinet

Pupils are encouraged to experiment and present their work in a variety of formats and fully explore all the possibilities open to them.

Key Stage 3

Year 7
Students study the work of Eduardo Paolozzi and respond by creating the letters of their own name on calico fabric through the manipulation of materials, thread, fabric paint and embellishment. Pupils work through a series of highly structured tasks that involve learning to use templates, patchwork, printing, stencilling on fabric and different stitching techniques. Designs are planned on paper first.

Year 8
Students study the work of illustrators such as Delphine Durand, Francois Chalet, Christian Montenegro, Sara Fanelli and Alexander Blue. Students analyse and respond to one of these artists by generating collages based on a character or monster. The initial explorations are then translated into fabric through the use of templates. Skills acquired include designing, fabric painting, stencilling, sponging, drawing with fabric pens, stitching and embellishment.

Year 9
This year group respond initially to the photomontage work of artists such as Maren Esdar, Jeanti, Paul Burgess, Matilde Aubier, Raoul Hausmann and Hannah Hoch. Students generate a photomontage response on paper based on one of these artists which is then printed onto transfer paper and then ironed onto fabric. Students also create graffiti-inspired designs on fabric and stencilled imagery using fabric paints and acrylics, by making a link with the artist Banksy. All three responses are stitched together and worked into with further detail and embellishment.


GCSE Textiles will enable students to explore a wide range of exciting and stimulating creative textile-based processes and techniques with a contemporary and modern approach, plus relevance to industrial practices.

pupils will build on the skills learnt at Key Stage 3, but develop and expand a broader and more sophisticated range of skills, such as machine sewing and embroidery, pattern cutting and dress making, print, paint and transfer techniques, batik, resist, dyeing, as well as fabric manipulation, appliqué and quilting, plus traditional stitch work.

Photography and ICT programmes will also be employed to expand pupils’ knowledge and development of ideas. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to experiment and present their work in a variety of formats and to fully explore all the possibilities open to them. Pupils will develop a range of techniques necessary to fulfil the coursework and exam criteria, through their understanding of 2 and 3 dimensional textiles.

Pupils will be able to study and take inspiration from a wide variety of practising textile artists and designers, applying the knowledge learnt from these sources back into their own work. Pupils are also advised to attend life drawing sessions to enhance their understanding and to consider the curriculum enrichment annual Paris/Berlin trip if they chose.

Coursework portfolio
(60% of grade, non-exam assessment, internally assessed and externally moderated.)

Candidates are required to submit a portfolio of practical work with written analysis and annotation. This can include a mixture of the areas of study outlined above, or candidates can focus on one area. e.g. 2d or 3d. Candidates will produce a portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to starting briefs and stimuli.
Coursework is split into major projects from which your best work is presented for final assessment.

The topics can vary from year to year. Examples of previous projects include:-

  • Stitched portraits – 2 dimensional stitched portraits exploring drawing, layering, fabric manipulation, transfer printing, carbon transfer printing, hand and machine sewing.
  • Punk – 3 dimensional garment construction and pattern cutting, embellishment, fabric manipulation and tailoring. Photographic fashion

Externally set task
(10 hours, 40% of grade, preparation commences in January of Year 11)

The Exam Board OCR sets a wide choice of stimulus questions well in advance to allow meaningful preparation. Early in the main examination period candidates spend 10 hours, spread over two days to put their ideas into final execution.

A Level Textiles

A Level

A Level Textile Design is essential if you wish to undertake further study in the same discipline at College or University, or for those students looking to take up a career in the general field of Art and Design.


Many students in the department choose the already established creative subjects like Art, Photography and Graphic Design and apply directly to Universities bypassing the Foundation Diploma stage.

The course is orientated towards the creative fine art side of the Textile sphere of subjects. Therefore, students will be given the opportunity to pursue different specialisms such as stitching, printing, drawing, 3 dimensional garment construction, textile sculpture and fabric manipulation. This will be accompanied by digital techniques such as the use of photography and computer aided design, where appropriate.

Course Requirements

Creative Textiles requires the student to have a genuine interest in the subject and a high degree of self-motivation. A large amount of the work for assessment is completed outside of timetabled lessons.

Students must be keen, be able to think for themselves and be able to work on extended research assignments. Students who have not done the subject at GCSE, can still access the course.

Students should have an aptitude and flair for the subject, as well as demonstrate the basic skills to succeed. However, hard work, commitment and determination are the key to success in this dynamic and exciting subject.

Course content and methodology

The two-year course represents a gradual progression of teaching and learning, leading from a highly taught centre of activity in the first year to a more individual and student centered focus in the second year.

The department runs two residential study trips for Yr12/13 students. International cities such as Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin have been popular destinations, as well as London.

At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional and public gallery space. We also offer regular life-drawing sessions on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.


Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of total A Level)

Candidates should produce two elements:

  1. A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario, or stimulus; devised and provided by the candidate or centre. (96 marks)
  2. A related study of continuous prose with a guided minimum of 1000 words. (24 marks)

Personal investigation and related study (120 marks). This component is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2: Externally set task (40% of total A Level, 80 marks, 15 hours)

The early release paper is issued on 1st February and provides candidates with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points. From these, one must be selected, upon which to base a response.

This component is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Beyond Lincoln Minster School

In an increasingly competitive Higher Education market and workplace, universities and employers are not only looking for impressive grades, but also subjects which demonstrate a student’s versatility and a greater breadth of skill and interest.

Pupils who study Textiles need to have a genuine interest in the subject and be very self-motivated, working upon initiative and completing work outside the timetable structure in order to reach their full potential in response to the work of others.

Career choices range from fashion, apparel and textile design, theatre, film and costume design, interior design, conservation, fashion illustration, fashion buying, fashion styling, fashion merchandising, public relations, textile technology, pattern cutting and grading, millinery, tailoring and upholstery, education, freelance work and self-employment.

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