Soft Materials Technology

Soft Materials Technology

Year 9 Soft Materials Technology (10 week course) 

This course is based on developing practical sewing skills and techniques. Students learn to design solutions using patterns and fabric. Projects could include kit bags, fabric books using Photoshop, Christmas stockings and iconic cushion covers.

Year 10 Soft Materials Technology (1/2 year option) 

Students focus on expanding the knowledge and skills gained in Year 9. The course includes: pattern reading; making items; keeping a visual diary and evaluating the outcomes that are produced. Projects could include a Matisse inspired bag, hoodies, soap making or wearable art.

Soft Materials Technology Level 1

.This technology course teaches students creative problem-solving, which is now considered one of the most valued skills employers are looking for in their prospective employees. Soft Materials Technology covers all of the practical aspects of working from, or creating design briefs from which design concepts and outcomes (prototypes, models, mock-ups and/or finished products) are developed and produced. Students are required to create and maintain detailed records (workbooks or folios) of their design and development processes and evaluations of their work throughout the processes. Workbooks will include research images and notes, drawings, photographs, and test examples of their working process. Assessment standards will be selected from those listed below to suit student interest and abilities. 

Soft Materials Technology Level 2 

The Level 2 technology course continues to encourage students to creatively problem-solve, which is now considered one of the most valued skills employers are looking for in their prospective employees. The course covers all of the practical aspects of working from, or creating design briefs. Design concepts and outcomes (prototypes, models, mock-ups and/or finished products) are developed and produced. In Level 2 students get to make more of their own choices when it comes to the themes in their work. They will be required to think more critically from the previous year and be able to justify their decisions with evidence. Students will be required to keep a design work book that documents their developing concepts, research, thought processes and planning for practice. Their workbooks are also a place where they store their evidence such as photos of testing and trailing as well as feedback and surveys from stakeholders.

Soft Materials Technology Level 3 & Scholarship 

At Level 3 students will continue to trial processes and techniques that they might use on their product; trial and test a selection of ‘difficult to sew’ fabrics; justify their selection of fabric, pattern design and techniques (such as stitching or finishing) and how those decisions make their garment fit for it’s intended purpose. At level 3 students work closely gaining feedback from key and wider stakeholders to explain and justify why specific decisions have been made. This cooperative process will ensure that their outcomes are fit for purpose in the broadest sense. Soft Materials Technology can lead towards many different career paths including Industrial, Visual, Interior, and Fashion design, Window Dressing, Fashion Retail and Project Management.