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Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy




Subject Overview

Today, the fashion industry has truly transformed into a global  industry where fashion designers, clothing manufacturers, fashion merchandisers and retailers come together from all the corners of the globe to come up with new styles and designs of clothing, shoes and accessories which would appeal to all age and market ranges. Because of this, it is considered as a great field to work in and one of the best professions that you can consider having in this field would be that of  a fashion and textile designer. This course will prepare you for either a degree course in Fashion and Textiles, Fashion illustration, Surface Pattern Design, Fashion Marketing and Textile Design.  Alternatively you may choose to go directly into these areas such as Clothing Alteration, Tailor/ Dressmaker, Machinist or a Photographic Stylist


Mrs Fisher is our extraordinary Textiles specialist at OBA. Mrs Fisher studied for a degree within Textile Contemporary Applied Arts at Swansea Metropolitan University, it is here where Mrs Fishers gained the skills in up and coming technology within the Fashion and Textiles industry. Having gained skills, in print making, pattern making, laser cutting, digital and hand fabric dying Mrs Fisher has transferred these in the projects covered within the courses here at OBA.

Name Role
Mrs Fisher Textiles specialist


At OBA we have amazing facilities to explore within Fashion and Clothing. Within the Fashion House work space, students have access to fully equipped workshops, along with state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) equipment. Students also have access to the design suite with all the necessary programmes to develop skills ready for the course they choose.


This is an exciting and hands-on practical course where you will be able to experiment with all aspects of Fashion and Clothing. You will be encouraged to creatively explore materials, techniques and processes in order to fully develop your unique and individual design style. You will study historical fashion, crafts, design, fashion and textiles to develop a broad knowledge of subject, which you will then use as inspiration for your innovative ideas.

Year 1- You will learn the basic skills required, from research, design to making your final garment. Within the first year you will cover 3 units of work. These range from the study of Organic Form, Communication through Art and Design and a Collaborative project working with the students in your group along with another collaborative party.

Year 2- This year also covers three units of work. Topics covered are Historical Fashion, Education within Art and Design and Garment production. This year focuses on the more specific information you will need for a career within the fashion industry, looking at the manufacturing process along with building your skills.

All units are coursework based and will be internally assessed through your subject teachers. Coursework will be assessed through observation, assignment, tutorials and group critiques along with presentations and a final exhibition of your work. Samples of your work are also externally assessed by a moderator. Your work will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.


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There are a range of support sessions that run at lunchtime and after school for pupils in all of the three key stages. Additional support classes are available for all students before they sit GCSE/ Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. Students can also drop in during enrichment time for homework support for each key stage that are supervised by subject specialists.