Textiles Technology (Hangarau Pūeru)

Textiles play an important role in our society to protect, care, provide comfort and to appeal to our aesthetic tastes, across a range of environmental and social contexts. Textiles fall into five broad main areas: apparel (clothing and accessories), non-apparel, costume, furnishings and textiles art. Textiles Technology is the creative use of fabric and/or fibres to solve a need or opportunity.

Aim of the Course

At Senior Level students may work on a range of Textiles projects including fashion, furnishings and interiors, textiles art, fabric design, costume, e-textiles, surface decoration, or non-apparel items. Broad project contexts are generally provided, however students determine their own brief and outcome specifications. A multidisciplinary approach, working with other technology and curriculum subject areas, is encouraged.
Textiles Technology is a course that enables students to develop their communication, research, analytical thinking and modelling skills in order to design unique outcomes to meet the needs of a range of stakeholders, whilst also taking into consideration wider environmental factors that will determine the outcome’s success. Students may also investigate the work of influential designers and examine historical, cultural and contemporary aspects of design for inspiration. Students explore the properties and performance of a range of textile materials to enable them to justify their selection for their products. Trialling of a range of textiles techniques also informs design development and the quality of the end of outcome. Students will develop their confidence with a range of practical textile skills and apply them to the production of a prototype following a design process from brief through to final outcome and evaluation.

Future Pathways

A range of future pathways exist in creative, technical, sales & marketing and operational fields. Some examples include:
  • Fashion Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Footwear Designer
  • Textiles Designer 
  • Costume Designer
  • Freelance Designer/Maker
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Design Assistant
  • Furniture / Product Designer
  • Textiles Artist
  • Stylist
  • Pattern Grader / Cutter
  • Textiles Technologist 
  • Visual Merchandiser 
  • Fashion Forecaster & Buyer
  • Sales & Marketing Manager
  • Textiles Production Manager