Materials Design & Technology (Textiles) General

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Previous sewing experience is beneficial but not essential, however, patience and the ability to work independently are essential!

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The Materials Design and Technology General course connects to the world of work, further vocational education and training within the textiles, clothing, manufacturing and design environments. It is a practical course with a focus on the design and manufacture of products using ‘textiles’

Students examine social and cultural values and the short-term and long-term impacts of the use and misuse of materials and associated technologies. Through this inquiry, experimentation and research, students develop their creativity and understanding of the society in which they live.

Working with materials, students develop a range of manipulation, processing, manufacturing and organisational skills. When designing with materials, they develop cognitive skills, such as solving problems, generating ideas, creative design strategies and communicating what they do. This makes them more technologically literate and, as consumers, enables them to make more informed decisions about the use and misuse of technology.

The Materials Design and Technology General course aims to prepare all students for a future in a technological and material world by providing the foundation for lifelong learning about how products are designed and how materials are developed and used.

  • The course outcomes are relevant to a number of learning areas, including but not limited to, Technology and Enterprise, Society and Environment, The Arts, Science and Mathematics. Students may develop cognitive skills fundamental to designing in a practical context, which enhances employability and may lead to further training and employment opportunities in areas that include textiles and clothing, manufacturing, design, built environment, science and engineering.
  • This course teaches life-long practical and thinking skills. Skills that can be used in everyday life for ongoing creative hobbies or for future occupations, including those within the fashion design and garment manufacturing industry, costume design in the entertainment industry, retail and marketing, design and the built environment, science and engineering.
  • Past students have continued their study in tertiary courses including the following in WA:
    • Bachelor of Design (Fashion major) at Curtin University
    • Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture) at Curtin University
    • Applied Fashion Design & Merchandising at South and North Metropolitan TAFE
    • Production & Design (Costume) at WAAPA.
  • Assessment Weightings:
    • Design 25%
    • Production 60%
    • Response 15%
  • There are no examinations in this subject.
  • The first major practical task involves assisting costume construction for the Mercedes College annual Production.
  • A fee is charged for resources. The fee for 2021 is set at $72
  • To access the syllabus please click HERE

Textiles is one of my favourite subjects and allows me to have a creative outlet and to have a change of pace from my ATAR subjects and not be so stressful. I enjoy making my own garments, the sketching and drawing and its really exciting seeing my ideas become real. It’s a good atmosphere to interact and make new friends while we work as it is a small class and collaboration is important. I am always excited to come to Textiles class each day.

Scarlett Mills

Year 12 Material Design Technology (Textiles) General

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