Art & Design - Textile Design

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in either GCSE Textiles, GCSE Art & Design, GCSE Photography or Merit in BTEC Art (Level 2) or approval of portfolio.


About This Course

This course requires an enthusiasm for Fashion, Costume, Design and the Visual Arts, as well as imagination and an enquiring mind.  You are encouraged to express your own artistic identity, be creative and thoughtful, and are expected to work with a high degree of independence.

Throughout the course you will learn and develop skills in Machine Embroidery, Batik, Silk Painting, Felt Making, Screen Printing, Hand Embroidery, Dying Fabric, Appliqué, Fashion Illustration and Garment Construction. You will have the opportunity to work on one or more of the following areas: Fashion, Print, Textile Furnishings, Interior Design, Textile Art and Constructed Textiles.

You will be required to make frequent trips to museums and galleries to research your own work and gather inspiration from relevant professional artists and designers. You are also expected to make visits to record first-hand information through drawing and photography.

You are expected to commit to 5 hours a week working independently on your coursework. This may include making visits and time spent in the department developing coursework. You are encouraged to use your study periods and the weekly workshops to work on your coursework taking advantage of the facilities and support within the department. 

All work submitted will be marked by the course teacher and moderated by the examining board.


Course Content & Assessment

A Level (2 year course) Component 1:  Personal Investigation 60%

You will begin the course by completing a project designed to develop your confidence as well as to introduce a range of textile techniques, creative thinking, research and critical reflection skills that will arm you with the tools you need to create your coursework.

You will then have complete freedom to choose your own theme, your ‘Personal Investigation’, where you select an idea, issue, concept or theme to explore. Your practical work produced during this unit will be supported by written reflection (1000- 3000 words).

A Level Component 2:  Externally Set Assignment 40%

You will be given a question paper by the examining board AQA. The paper contains eight exciting themes. You choose one to explore and develop into a final piece that will be completed during 15 hours supervised time.


What could this course lead to?

A Level Textile Design can lead to higher qualifications, such as the Foundation Diploma and Degree. It can also lead to a variety of careers including Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Promotion, Costume Design, Textile Artist, Textile Design and Interior Design.


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