An integral part of the cultural life of the School
Textiles looks to introduce the students to a variety of experiences that explore a range of textile media, processes and techniques. It is based on a creative curriculum, with emphasis on experimentation and development of personal ideas. It combines traditional and modern techniques in the development of portfolios of work for A level.
Areas of study:
Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of textile design, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:
- fashion design
- fashion textiles
- costume design
- digital textiles
- printed and/or dyed fabric and materials
- domestic textiles and wallpaper
- interior design
- constructed textiles
- art textiles
- installed textiles.
Skills and techniques:
Students will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:
- awareness of the elements of textile design, such as shape, line, scale, colour, texture, pattern, contrast and/or repetition in relation to the chosen area(s) of textile design
- awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of textile design
- ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief or answering a need in the chosen area(s) of textile design
- appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief
- understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as: fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing, screen printing and laser printing; tie-dye and batik; spraying and transfer; fabric construction; stitching, appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and embroidery.
Knowledge and understanding:
Students must show knowledge and understanding of:
- relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
- how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area(s) of textile design
- historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
- how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created
- continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to textile design
- a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of textile Design.
For an in depth analysis of the course and more detail on the structure please refer to the "Entering the Sixth Form prospectus.
Photography is a popular subject, that has thrived and sent out a large number of students to Photography related careers and degree courses. The courses are taught in the new facility on the school campus, including a large darkroom and two separate Mac suites.
Students study Photography (AQA). It is an exciting and demanding subject that presupposes interest and talent. The course involves many elements of creative practice and an individual, personal response to the work is encouraged. There is a technical element to the course, with film, digital and cameraless processes explored. Throughout the course students are required to evaluate other artists' work, both visually and in written form.
At A level, the emphasis of the course is on learning and practice of investigative skills - the process. After the diagnostic pathways are complete, the students work on individual projects "creating visual meaning through lens based media by an expressive response to a personal context or social issue".
Areas of study:
Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:
- landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
- still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)
- documentary photography, photojournalism
- fashion photography
- experimental imagery
- photographic installation
- moving image (video, film, animation).
For an in depth analysis of the course and more detail on the structure please refer to the "Entering the Sixth Form" prospectus
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