Design and Textiles

Design and Textiles allows students to become discerning consumers in a global marketplace. They develop confidence to pursue a variety of study options, employment and lifelong leisure activities. The course is offered as T/A/VET.

A variety of subjects are explored including: garment making; surface design (including fabric dyeing, printing, embroidery, applique); structural design (including weaving, knitting and felting);  recycling, upcycling, sustainability; costume design (including items for college performances);  marketing textile items and negotiated study.

The course includes a wide range of activities and events - visiting artists; workshops (eg.printing at Megalo and fashion illustration) and excursions to major exhibitions, both locally and interstate. Work experience in the textiles and fashion industry is also available as well as workshops at Australian National University School of Art, National Gallery of Australia and Digital Printers.

Students also participate in the annual Wool4school design competition and the Fashion Parade at the end of the year. Both are highlights for the students.

Textiles fulfil the essential role of providing protection, comfort and social meaning within a cultural context. Design and Textiles is a varied and evolving area of study that reflects the important part that textiles play in industry and broader society. It is a multidisciplinary study that draws on concepts and skills underpinning design, technology, markets, culture, environmental sustainability and ethical issues.

Students are encouraged to gain knowledge and understanding of textiles and fashion by utilising the design process to develop creative, innovative and resourceful responses. They develop skills in ideas generation, problem solving, communication project management, analysis, technical skills and evaluation.

Students can also undertake vocational studies leading to the award of a Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT2170).