You will start your coursework during year 10 . This enables you to put as much effort and time into achieving the best grade possible.
The coursework folder is divided into 6 parts called objectives and each objective has a title . In each objective you are required to show evidence of various tasks. You will be marked on how successfully you have met the criteria.
You will be guided through the objectives one by one and then it is up to you to put your best into each section.
Self-motivation is a very important process to achieving the best grade possible.
You must try to keep up to date with deadlines set and ask for help whenever you need it.
You will be working on this project for quite a while so make sure you pick a product to make which you are very interested in.
Textile items are all around us in our clothing, furniture and transport. New textile products are always being developed and some are totally new ideas. However the majority are existing products redesigned to suit current trends.
A design is a solution to a problem. The problem is then the starting point.
When a problem needs to be solved a Design Brief is needed.
A Design Brief gives the aim of a design problem and states exactly the kind of item which will be needed.
Following is an example of a problem. This is how you must begin your coursework. You need to be thinking of an idea you could use and produce your own problem
The results show that teenagers do spend a lot of time in their bedrooms and would like their rooms to be interesting.
You could do another survey to find out what soft furnishings teenagers would like in their rooms.
Suppose that 15 teenagers said they wanted a cushion to match a duvet, and 10 wanted a duvet to match the curtains and most parents shop at Next a Design Brief can now be written to summarize the aims of the project
It is important now to find out why? And how? Your chosen product was used in the past or is used currently. You can then compare it to see how it is used today- is it just the same?
Break down your headings into WHO? WHAT? WHERE? HOW ? And you can produce another brain storm which shows the Purpose, Form and Function of your product
Purpose- What it is for?
Form- What it is like? What it is made of?
Function- How does it achieve it’s purpose?
It is important you always give a detailed explanation for your pages. What are you showing on each page and why?
Example of Purpose,Form, Function and Needs of user I am looking at the reasons why children wear hats. This will help me design a product that appeals to the need of the children. This also ensures my hat will be safe and practical but fun to wear. Why? Because their parents force them to. My hat should be appealing to children so they want to wear it. For educational purposes a child can learn to dress- Tie and bow, button up. Hat could have picture od animal with word included. Or childs name? For fashion reasons hats can be part of an outfit. What occasion will it be worn? Hats can be worn to protect children’s heads. Must choose fabrics that accompany this depending on occasion to be worn. Is it for indoor or out door use?-Weather? You could also produce a historical page on hats, looking at different styles that have existed. This would help you design uniquely
You may not find this relevant to you. Some companies will not write a reply to you. They will get hundreds of letters off school kids so don’t be upset if you don’t hear back. Some will give you web addresses to research off.
You are asking for relevant information on their collections, brochures that may help you?
A copy of this letter can be added to your project with a note to say why you wrote and if they replied.
You need to explore all the different kinds of materials and processes for you product
All fibres have different performance characteristics or properties. Most textile books will give you a chart of fabric characteristics so you can see the good/bad points of each. This is why some fibres are mixed together. This will improve the positive characteristics and give a new fabric.
Final specification- this may have changed while you have been testing fabrics and sampling.
You need to write anew specification now. It must have exactly the correct information you require to make the product. ( in industry a worker would use a specification to assist the making so it has to be exact).
Final drawing of your product with all dimensions and descriptions to complete the working drawing.
Tools and equipment page. This shows all have been used effectively. You should explain each tool and each piece of equipment to say how it was used and what it did.
Costing sheet (could be done on excel) you should make reference to the existing product sheets where you gathered relevant info on costs. Does yours fit your specification. Compare prices to the user. Could they afford yours?