TOP COURSE HIGHLIGHTS
play with materials
develop technical expertise
Learn through creating
Combine visual and tactile qualities to create beautiful surfaces and objects. Develop skills and knowledge through playful exploration of textiles processes harnessed in relation to your individual creative interests.
Specialist Textiles workshops
Learn and collaborate in our dedicated Art & Design building and research how modern and historic artists and designers have communicated their ideas in our specialist Learning Centre.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff
The art and design team are friendly, supportive, ambitious, and hardworking. Achievement in this subject relies on your attendance, punctuality, and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Year 1: Start by exploring stitch as a drawing medium. Through creative and exciting workshops in varied textile media develop a personal visual language. Workshops include soluble fabric, heat reactive materials, fabric manipulation, screen printing, collagraph printing, and repeat pattern design. Practical work is supported by research into contemporary and historic textile practices providing a basis for your design development. Working in sketchbooks, you will evidence your evolving skills and knowledge, textiles samples and ideas, reflecting on your creative practice.
Year 2: Personal Investigation – 60%, personally negotiated coursework project. Externally Set Assignment – 40%, exam.
Creative exploration of textile media remains at the heart of the Year 2 course. In addition to designing and making, there is a written element of the course where your learning will be supported by group presentations and contextual lectures preparing you well for Higher Education.
Component 1: Personal Investigation
60% of A Level
The Personal Investigation is a focused practical, critical and theoretical investigative project/theme-based portfolio. Learners will be required to carry out an extended critical and contextual analysis (1000-word minimum requirement).
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
40% of A Level
Towards the end of the course, you are given eight weeks of guided lessons to prepare for a 15-hour exam and respond to your chosen theme. A final piece which resolves this component is made during the15-hour exam time.
WHERE WILL IT TAKE ME?
Careers: Career opportunities in this field are varied depending on your other course choices. Textile, Fashion, or Interior designer are immediately related job roles, however more broadly related careers include Textiles technologist, Textiles Conservator, Art or Occupational Therapist, Interior Architect, Visual merchandizer, Costume Prop and/ or Set Designer, Fashion Illustrator, Stylist, Retail Buyer, Fashion Journalist, Curator.
Progression: You can progress directly from A Level Textiles to ANY art and design degree including Textile Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design, Craft Maker etc.
Achievement relies heavily on your attendance, punctuality and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.
You will be encouraged to try a broad range of approaches, which you will then refine into ways of working which suit your individual interests, acquiring and developing specialist skills in your chosen discipline.
Independent work is fundamental to the course; at least 50% of all work assessed should have happened outside the classroom.
Homework is set weekly. Initially it is set by lecturers and will be tightly specified and closely linked to class workshops; it will be monitored regularly. As the course develops you will be required to set your own homework/independent work based on agreed learning needs.
Your ongoing work will be assessed in lessons through focused 1:1 discussion. Sketchbook work will be assessed regularly for reflective, thoughtful, analytical critical evaluation and annotation. Emphasis is upon the development towards a final piece, through observation and technical, aesthetic, and conceptual refinement.
You will also be assessed against how your research of art, craft, design, media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures improves your own understanding and practice.
Discussions and presentations are a vital part of our assessment process and you will be expected to contribute to these during your lessons.
In addition to general A Level entry requirements a keen interest in drawing to develop your creativity, as a design stimulus and as a means of gathering creative ideas and making them visible is absolutely essential.
Information & Support
Independent practice will be supported through PowerPoints, worksheets, and other guides available through our Moodle course. We also provide further support through focused boards on Pinterest. College trips to visit museums and galleries will be offered and we encourage our students to visit galleries both locally and nationally to support their work.
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