Burnside High School Burnside High School

Year 9 Textiles Technology

Course Description

Textiles Technology is a study that 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 learning in Year 9 is focused on gaining and exploring textiles skills and techniques. They will gain confidence in prototyping, technological modelling and design evaluation. In this two-term course, students will learn new fabric embellishment techniques in conjunction with Digital Technology exploring both their cultural background and current personal tÅ«rangawaewae. They will generate their personal pepeha and then interpret it in fabric using their new sewing skills. 

They will work in a variety of contexts including:

  • Through exploring sewing and fabric embellishment techniques students will design a drawstring backpack                                      
  • Learn to use a range of tools and machines and work with fabric in a creative way
  • Design a creative textile outcome that addresses a brief
  • Gain confidence in sewing pyjamas for themselves or a family member
  • They will gain confidence in prototyping, technological modelling and design evaluation. 

Why this subject?

In Textiles Technology, students will be inspired by a project-based course that contains a practical component where students will learn to think critically and creatively.  Students will first learn basic sewing skills and develop confidence by sewing basic garments before exploring more advanced creative techniques.

Textiles Technology continues in Year 10 and beyond. There are future career opportunities in all fashion, design and textile-related fields.

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

 *No prior experience required

Learning Areas:



Year 10 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


Approximately $35.00 for black and white thread, elastic, applied design media, drawstring bag lining fabric, interfacing, calico for samples that the school provides.

Students must also provide their own fabric to make pyjamas and some basic sewing equipment.