Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 3 Textiles Technology

Course Description Recommended Prior Learning

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

Year 13 Textiles Technology is a  course that focuses on fostering creativity and critical thinking in a project-based learning environment. The course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to design authentic and contemporary products in the ever-changing field of textiles. It serves as a broad introduction to developing students' thinking, design skills, and practical abilities within the specialised area of fashion.

Building upon the knowledge gained in Year 12 Textiles Technology, students utilise their prior learning to create outcomes that meet the requirements of NCEA Level 3 achievement standards in the context of fashion. The projects undertaken in this course cover various skills, including fashion design, garment construction, pattern adaptation, fashion illustration, outcome design, and development.

The course encourages students to push boundaries, think innovatively, and critically analyse their ideas. Access to state-of-the-art equipment, such as innovative design software, laser cutters, computer-guided embroidery machines, high-precision Cricut cutting machines, photo-sensitive multi-layered screen printing tools, and industrial-quality sewing machines, allows students to explore and utilise the latest technologies in their projects.

In this course, students will develop pattern-cutting skills and work with clients to construct garments or textile articles that meet specific requirements. They will also have the opportunity to pursue individual projects, collaborate with clients, and engage in the design process, which involves research, evaluation, and the utilisation of design techniques such as screen printing, embroidery, and beading to create visually appealing final outcomes. 

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.

Students have the chance to select standards that they wish to work towards and that best suit their project and may have the chance to complete a Technology scholarship with their portfolio. 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. Technology Scholarship Entry is in consultation with the teacher.

NCEA Level 3

By participating in Year 13 Textiles Technology, students gain valuable skills, engage in authentic projects and have 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, however, additional credits may be offered in consultation with the Teacher.

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

The course requires a fee of $40 which covers materials provided by the school, such as toile fabric, interfacings, and applied design media. Students are responsible for providing their own fabric and pattern for the garments they create, typically costing around $40-$50 per garment. However, the cost can be reduced as students have the flexibility to select their own design and fabric, and recycling materials is encouraged.