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Textiles is the investigation and use of soft materials. Topics explored include design drawing, pattern making and knowledge about different types of materials. A wide range of practical skills are developed through the construction of fashion garments and other articles.
Year 9 students participate in the compulsory technology programme that includes a module in materials technology. Students select either hard or soft materials. Students selecting soft materials design and make a bag. At year 10 Soft Materials is a full year option. Students participate in the design process to complete a range of textile products including garments, soft furnishings and accessories.
In years 11, 12 and 13 students can choose achievement standards or unit standards to gain credits towards their NCEA. It is advantageous for a student to have studied the subject previously if choosing textiles as an option in the senior school.
Students can use level 3 achievement standard credits in technology for entrance to NZ universities. Scholarship technology is also an option.
Assessment in technology examines the technological process that students undertake. There are no written examinations. Students submit a portfolio at the end of a unit of work. Similarly examination of scholarship is the evaluation of a written report of the student's technological practice.
A range of career and leisure opportunities can result from studying a course in textiles.