Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 2 Textiles Technology

Course Description Recommended Prior Learning

Have a keen interest in Fashion and Textiles and be able to demonstrate basic construction skills.

Textiles Technology will enable students to access state-of-the-art equipment including innovative design software, laser cutter, computer-guided embroidery, high-precision Cricut cutting machine, photo-sensitive multi-layered screen printing, and industrial quality sewing machines.

The main focus of study at this level is to explore fabrics and textiles in the fashion industry. Students will focus on designing and constructing a 'Streetwear' garment that includes special features such as a lining or an applied design such as screen printing or machine embroidery. During the course, students will be required to carry out the design process in order to make decisions about garments that they or their clients would like to construct and wear. The basics of fashion drawing, research, and evaluation will be an integral part of their work. 

To enhance the educational experience of the students, a series of field trips will be organized, providing them with valuable knowledge about the historical aspects of fashion design as well as potential career opportunities within the Fashion Industry. These carefully curated excursions will encompass visits to prominent establishments such as The Spinners and Weavers Guild, the iD Dunedin Fashion Show, and a school trip to the fashion capital of the world, Paris. The objective of these field trips is to immerse students in the rich heritage of fashion design, allowing them to observe and learn firsthand from renowned industry professionals.

Up to 16 credits are available from a selection of Achievement Standards that strongly support the achievement of NCEA subject endorsement at Merit or Excellence.

NCEA Level 2

There are career opportunities in all fields of clothing and related industries for example, Apparel and Textile design, Interior design or in the Technology Industry through product development and project management.

Metropol magazine featuring ex-BHS student Judd Cargin is now designing menswear for the fashion label I Love Ugly.

*No prior experience required

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Assessment Information

A minimum of 16 credits will be offered, upon agreement with the Teacher, these are negotiable depending on your needs.


NCEA Level 3 Textiles Technology

Career Pathways

Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Artist, Tailor/Dressmaker, Print Finisher, Textile Process Operator, Cutter, Fashion Designer, Sewing Machinist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Conservator, Curator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Visual Merchandiser, Engineering Machinist, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Market Research Analyst, Printer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Secondary School Teacher, Garment Technician

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$42 for materials such as toile fabric and interfacings which are provided by the school. Students must also provide their own fabric for their chosen garments. This is usually $40-$50 per garment. Because there is a choice of design and fabric, this cost can be reduced. Stationery costs are additional.