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Cambridge International AS & A Level

Syllabus overview

In Design and Textiles students learn the basics to understand and further study the textile industry. The syllabus covers basis like material knowledge and covers production and process knowledge.
Students get an understanding of natural and man-made fibres and learn about the performance characterstics of different fibres.

Design and Textile further covers design principals and develops and understanding of contemporary fashion. The students learn the concept behind fashion, develop and understanding of fashion cycles and the merits of fashion to the industry.

Candidates also acquire practical skills and must complete a practical test, called coursework, as part of their final evaluation.

Last but not least the syllabus covers business aspects like conducting market research and performing consumer testing of product ideas.

Student Requirements

To implement this subject in Kyrgyzstan SRIS has chosen a dual language approach:
– Lessons teaching theory and will be conducted in English, according the curriculum provided by Cambridge.
– Practical sessions, workshops and internships will be conducted in Russian, guided by local industry experts.
– Russian lessons for the students will be taught interdisciplinary providing them with the Technical terminology in both English and Russian.

There fore candidates need to bring:
– Fluency in English
– Fluency in Russian
– Basic to intermediate skills in sewing and handling fabrics
– Intermediate skills in drawing designs and sketches

Career Perspective

The textile industry, in both Kyrgyzstan and abroad, has a high demand for well trained specialists with good technical knowhow and fluency and English and other languages.

Positions are typically in:

  • representing the company at international trade fares, as purchasing or sales representative
  • international project management, coordinating the demand and specifications between international clients and production
  • as apparel designer
  • as pattern designer
  • as stylist
  • as textile designer

Beyond the syllabus

The Design and Textile syllabus provides students with both theoretical and practical skills and is the perfect basis to continue higher education at a design academy or technical university with a textile branch.

Syllabus aims and assessment objectives

The Design and Textiles syllabus encourages candidates to develop an awareness of how textiles and users interrelate and provides the chance to study a range of textile resources and products. Candidates study the subject in the context of a contemporary, changing and multicultural society. They are given the opportunity to explore the content through a range of approaches.

The syllabus allows Silk Road International School to be flexible in our approach to the coursework in both AS and A Level, using creative, design-and-make, practical application and investigative methods. The subject content is carefully defined and it is intended to be relevant and motivating to both AS and A Level candidates.

Syllabus aims

A course based on this syllabus should aim to:

  • develop awareness of how textiles and users interrelate in a changing multicultural and technological society;
  • help candidates to develop the ability to make informed decisions;
  • encourage candidates to have an investigative approach to study, which may include problem solving;
  • provide an experience of relevant materials and processes that will inform the candidates’ decisions;
  • create awareness of design and textiles as an applied field of study leading to further and higher education and a range of career options.

Assessment objectives

At Cambridge International AS Level, candidates should be able to show their ability to:

  • identify and recall knowledge and understanding;
  • analyze, choose and apply relevant knowledge by organizing and presenting information clearly and logically;
  • make informed and rational choices;
  • carry out a course of action using a range of relevant, appropriate and transferable skills and resources;
  • critically evaluate acquired knowledge, understanding and the decision-making process.

At Cambridge International A Level, candidates should also be able to show their ability to:

  • carry out research
  • present the results of that research and undertake a critical analysis of the results.

Implementation at Silk Road International School

SRIS will emphasize the scientific and artistic aspect of the subject throughout the teaching of the practical and the coursework.

When the work is marked, Cambridge takes into account suitability of material and designs, as well as workmanship. The examiners expect to see evidence of skills in hand sewing and competence in using a sewing machine.

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