Fashion and Textiles Technology

This creative and exciting University approved subject can be taken from Year9 through to Year 13. It offers many inventive and challenging projects where students learn complex practical skills and techniques, from design and pattern drafting to brief development and construction.

In year 9 rotations the focus is on practical skills. All students are taught to use the professional level Bernina Sewing Machines and Overlockers. Students become confident by setting up machines every lesson. Students also are taught how to hand sew. Tasks include a lot of repetitive use of templates, drawing, cutting, sewing and finishing.Also applique and tye dye. These skills are highly transferable to other subjects. Projects include making a heat pack, a stuffed heart cushion and some bunting. Students with a high level of capability are offered more advanced projects to extend their capabilities.

In year 10 students can opt in to a full year option in the subject. Students are given the opportunity to refresh year 9 skills in the first few weeks of the year. This allows for any student who did not study at the school in year 9 to up skill and reach the required level. Where opportunities arrive throughout the year students will have the chance to be involved in projects such as creating costumes for the school production. Students will be given all the skills and knowledge required to prepare them properly for a year of product development in year 11. Students will be offered a 6 credit level 1 Achievement Standard “Implement Basic Procedures using textiles materials” A variety of seams and techniques will be learnt in order to create a bag. Students will also be offered a 4 credit level 1 Achievement Standard “brief development” This standard introduces students to language and literacy requirements of a NCEA programme. They will go through a full technological process to learn how to design an up cycled denim project. Students will learn how to refine ideas, create fashion drawings and learn how to test fabrics and create models. As time allows for specific students, individuals will be offered the opportunity to advance themselves with other technological design projects such as using patterns to create garments.

11 FASHION AND TEXTILES

The year 11 program is a combination of academic technological process along with learning new and refining technical sewing skills. Students are encouraged to work towards a minimum of 16 Technology Achievement Standard credits with the opportunity to gain upto 30 credits for the most dedicated and passionate learners. Some credits offered have literacy credits attached which aid the student to gain their overall NCEA. During the year students will work on two major projects that will combine a selection of Achievement Standards. Students will be supported to go through a technological process in detail. They will be taught the required literacy knowledge and practical skills to allow them to achieve with excellence in this course. An External Written Report based on the students experiences throughout the year will be offered. This will allow the students to gain subject endorsement at Merit or Excellence.

12 & 13 FASHION AND TEXTILES

In both year’s 12 and 13 students are offered the corresponding level two and level three Achievement Standards. Technology is a University Approved Entrance subject. Students are given the opportunity to follow their own passion projects in order to create a textiles based item for an end user or purpose. A full academic load of Technology Achievement Standards are offered. As in year 11, students are encouraged to work towards a minimum of 16 Technology Achievement Standard credits with the opportunity to gain upto 30 credits for the most dedicated and passionate learners. Students have an option of working on one or two major projects depending on their own personal goals. Students will already have a good working knowledge of the technological process but any new students to the subject will be fully supported to help immerse themselves in the world of technological language and skills. An External Written Report based on the students experiences throughout the year will be offered. This will allow the students to gain subject endorsement at Merit or Excellence. During year 12 studies the teacher will be looking for those with the highest academic achievement and offering them the opportunity to go for a Scholarship during their year 13 studies.

University or tertiary qualifications including Degrees, Honours, Masters and PHD in Fashion.

Working in the fashion industry including: Fashion Designers, pattern makers, retail, costume and set design, window dressers, stylist, marketing, business management, computer aided design, innovative fabric specialist, overseas buyer, colour consultant, fashion photographer, magazine editor, interior designer, colourist, textile analyst.

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