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Davenant Foundation School, Chester Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2LD
Telephone: 020 8508 0404
Fax: 020 8508 9301

We are in easy reach from various methods of transport.

Buses: 20, 677
Underground: Debden, Theydon Bois or Loughton. All on the Central Line.
SATNAV users: IG10 2LW. Parking at Davenant is available for visitors.
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Design & Graphics

Design plays a vital role in almost all our daily lives and in applications we encounter every day but do not realise or even know it.

The department's aim is to show students how relevant Graphics and Textiles are as subjects today. To look at the opportunities of a career in Design across a diverse range of areas such as Fashion, Interiors, Journalism, Theatre, Media, Branding and Advertising to name but a few.

We work practically, starting with a design need, developing ideas through drawing and taking inspiration from textile and graphic artists leading to different outcomes.


 “I love the ability to work with so many variations of techniques and being exposed to the creative world from a different viewpoint. Textiles has allowed me to find my individual path combining traditional and modern ideas enriching my own work.”

 Year 10 Student


In Design, students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking in order to solve problems, be innovative and understand aesthetic, cultural, health, social, emotional, and environmental issues to make products that meet user needs and add to the richness of human experience.

  • Textiles
    • Learn how to use the sewing machine
    • Study Surface Decoration processes: Tie-dye, Computerised sewing, Applique, Quilting
    • Learn how to attach Fastenings; Zips, Velcro, Buttons
  • Graphics
    • Develop visual communication skills
    • Convey information, ideas and emotions through the use of colour, iconography, imagery and typography
    • Practise printing, binding and structural packaging techniques


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Textiles: ‘Circus Act’ – Juggling balls and storage bag

Graphics: Typography

Textiles: Surface Pattern create a soft sculpture

Graphics: Logos

Textiles: Tablet case

Graphics: Packaging and promotion


Students studying the subject at GCSE follow the AQA specification. During the course, the following topics are covered:

Year 10

Year 11

3 projects set following different themes such as sustainability or environment covering areas of of Graphics and Textiles;

Communication graphics including branding, typography, design for print, packaging and signage.

Print, Digital art, Constructed Textiles, stitched and embellished Textiles.

Portfolio completion

External Set Task by the exam board

For more detailed information about the course content and assessment requirements, please refer to the examination board website.

8210 AQA Art, Craft & Design  


Students studying the subject at A Level follow the AQA specification.  During the course the following topics are covered.

Year 12

Year 13

Foundation skills

Working in Miniature

Self-directed unit

Personal Investigation

Written related study

External Set Task by the exam board

For more detailed information about the course content and assessment requirements, please refer to the examination board website:  

7210 Art, Craft & Design