Textiles & Fashion

Textiles and Fashion

At Narrabundah College, we offer the following Textiles and fashion courses:

  • Fashion and Textiles (T) & (A) - Fashion focus
  • Fashion and Textiles (T) & (A) - Textile focus

Students may complete either a Double Major, Major or Minor course of study.

Introduction to Design

Designers need an understanding and knowledge of the concepts of design. These form the basis for the development of aesthetically pleasing and functional product design. Students will work through the design process to complete articles of clothing or interior design items to suit their own personal requirements. (0·5)

Design for Performance – Costumes and Sets

Designers must understand the fabrics they are working with to enable them to enhance their design ideas and push the boundaries of possibilities. Textile fibres, yarn structures and cloth construction techniques form the basis of this unit. Design briefs will provide opportunities for experimentation with a wide variety of textile materials. (1·0)

Fabric Dyeing and Printing

Students will be provided with the opportunity to experiment with fabric colouration techniques to produce a garment. Processes undertaken include silkscreen printing, silk painting, batik and textile dyeing techniques. Factors affecting the selection of dyes and techniques of colouring cloth will be explored. (0·5)

Design in Fashion

Design is an integral part of our lives. In this unit art, fashion history, culture and the environment provide the stimulus for designing embellished fashion and textile goods. Mediums to be explored include hand and machine embroidery, applique and beading. (0·5)

Marketing a Designer Label

The fundamentals of starting a small designer business will be investigated. Marketing techniques, including advertising, will be explored in both a theoretical and practical way. The identification of a target market group and its implications will be discussed. Leading design houses and fashion retailers will be investigated to illustrate this topic. There will be an opportunity to compile a portfolio of student work in readiness for interviews to tertiary institutions. (1·0)

Negotiated Study

Are you interested in a particular area of fashion or textile design that has not been covered by the course? If so, this unit is available to you, if you have successfully completed 3 standard units. You choose your own special topic to research, design and construct a project to communicate your creativity or partake in a fashion parade designed and organised by the student group. The unit outline and assessment criteria will be negotiated with your teacher. (0·5)

Textiles and Fashion – Textile focus Course structure

Understanding Textiles

Designers must understand the fabrics they are working with to enable them to enhance their design ideas and push the boundaries of possibilities. Textile fibres, yarn structures and cloth construction techniques form the basis of this unit. (0·5)

Recycle and Re use

This unit explores the impact of textile products on the individual, society and the environment. Students will design and produce textile articles using recycle, up-cycling and repurposing techniques (1·0)

Innovative Textiles

A wide variety of experimental fabric construction techniques will be explored, including smart textiles.  Students will design and produce an innovative fabric and/or textile item through the use of fibres, yarns and/or fabrics. (0·5)

Historical Fashion and Textiles

This unit introduces textiles as a medium for communication and self-expression. Students will explore a range of historical textiles, as well as investigating the work of contemporary textile artists. Students will design and produce a wearable or hanging art piece. (0·5)

Textiles for Interiors

This unit focuses on Interior design. Students will explore issues that affect the field of interior design with a focus on textile application. Interior decoration, design influences, decorative schemes, elements and principles of design and drawing techniques are some of the content covered (1·0)

Cultural Fashion and Textiles

Students will explore cultural textiles from around the world and have opportunities to develop a range of construction and embellishment techniques influenced by a culture or people group. (0·5)