A Level Years 12 and 13
Offering a gateway into the creative industries, Textiles A Level encourages a thoughtful approach to working with fabric: into it, with it, printing on to it, or using it in three dimensions. It covers ideas that work directly with pattern design, fashion design, installation, surface embellishment, printmaking, digital media and interior design.
We aim to stretch the imagination of students as they approach their work, to help them build a skill base that can allow for creative development and preparation for entering a degree in art and design or an art and design foundation course.
"There are no boundaries for what can be fabric." Issey Miyake
Our recently extended and refurbished faculty is a spacious purpose-built art facility which includes gallery space, textiles, 3D room, photography dark room, IT facilities for digital photography with the full Adobe Creative Suite, animation, a printmaking workshop, library and dedicated studios for Junior, GCSE and Sixth Form teaching. In the Sixth Form each student gets their own space in which to work, adding to a sense of ownership and helping their work develop in exciting ways.
What do I need before starting this course?
Textiles is offered to candidates who demonstrate ability and interest in the subject, a grade 5 or above in GCSE Art, or a competent portfolio of work.
What will I learn?
You should produce practical and critical/ contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles.
How is the course assessed?
Work is assessed internally throughout the year, with weekly or twice weekly assignments. Final work is marked internally, then moderated by an external examiner in June at the end of Year 13. There will be a termly charge for extra materials with this course.
What can I go on to study?
Garment Technologist, Fashion Designers, Retail Buyer, Textile designers, Fashion Public Relations, Textile Designer, Textile Research Scientist, Apparel Design, interior/spatial designer and many more.
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