ART AND DESIGN (Textiles)
If you have an interest in fashion design, interior design, fashion or interior styling, merchandising, fashion buying or journalism then this is a course to help hone your talents and help create a pathway to further education within the subject. During the two-year Textiles A-Level, students will encounter a broad range of techniques and processes, and develop skills, ideas and experiences that support their creation of high quality textiles. Work produced on this course will demonstrate the use of creative skills to develop individual thoughts, feelings, observations and ideas within their projects.
The course will introduce students to all aspects of textiles work, which could include fashion, costume, digitally or traditionally printed and/or dyed fabrics, garments and materials, interior design, constructed textiles (knitted, woven, embellished or combined with other materials), textile installation and accessories. Students will learn vital textile skills as well as studying the work of other textile artists to inspire their work. They will learn analytical skills in studying the work of others, as well as creating meaningful collections of their own. You do not require GCSE textiles to take this course but an interest in Art and Textiles is important, as well as the creativity to combine and link textiles techniques and drawing.
Do I need to have studied Textiles at GCSE level?
No, students who wish to study this subject will normally have achieved grades 4-9 in a range of GCSE subjects. It would be advantageous to have studied Textiles or Art but it is not essential.
What about career possibilities?
An Advanced Level course in Art and Design Textiles is a widely recognised academic qualification. It can lead to Further and Higher Education in a wide variety of courses and to employment in research, fashion, construction, commerce and marketing within the textiles and clothing fields.
STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE
In year 12, we focus on a range of embellishing, colouring and structuring fabrics. We also study different approaches to fashion drawing. Some of the techniques include screen printing, lino printing and structural techniques include ruffles, heat shibori and fabric manipulation. We begin component 1 in the final term of year 12.
Assessment over the total course:
Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
Students are asked to choose a major project that has a personal significance. They must investigate artists and designers to inform their practical work. The investigation must include a personal study of between 1000-3000 words.
Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%)
Students select a starting point from a release question paper. Responses are developed during the preparation study period. Students are given 15 hours of controlled time to work on developing their ideas to produce an outcome/product.