|Qualification name||GCE A Level in Art and Design|
|Awarding organisation||Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations|
|Course type||Classroom based|
|Course start date||1st September 2023|
|Cost description||There are no charges to study on the course, however non-compulsory trips run as part of the course may incur a cost.|
At least 6 GCSEs at grades 9-4 , including GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Art and/or Textiles is normally required. However, if these GCSEs have not been taken then a selection of artwork and sketchbooks, which demonstrate acceptable levels of skill, will be requested for consideration(Level 2 vocational qualifications at Merit or Distinction will be treated as equivalent to one GCSE)
You will explore the nature and purpose of all textile processes and discover how ideas develop from initial ideas to finished products. You will work on themes that explore texture, colour, pattern, line and form through experimentation with materials. You will also have the opportunity to explore areas of fashion including design, illustration, garment construction and creative embellishment. The emphasis of coursework is on individual projects that promote personal interpretation and the development of individual style. In year one, students will receive a series of workshops equipping them with a thorough knowledge of various surface decoration techniques. This includes felting, machining, machine and hand embroidery, applique, screen printing, printing, dyeing, batik and transfer printing. There will be an opportunity to develop an understanding of theconstruction techniques of products and fabrics. Art History research is also an important part of the course. In year two, students will research, evaluate, analyse and establish links between their own practical work and the broader art world. Students will also produce a written project linked to practical final outcomes and will develop the ability to identify and resolve creative problems. There will be opportunities for visits and trips to London and fashion shows.
2 Lessons a week with additional requirement of individual study time of 3 hours a week
All of your creative, practical and analytical work will be assessed by your tutors and moderated externally. At the end of each year the externally set practical assignment will demonstrate all that you have learnt and achieved
Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Fashion, Stylist & Marketing, Trend Forecaster, Costume Designer; These are just a small selection of the careers you could go on to pursue should you study A Level Textile Design. Many of these careers require a university degree and therefore we would recommend looking into the specific requirements for each university course by heading to their respective websites.