Textiles A Level
About this course
The course is designed to introduce you to a range of media materials and processes and will allow you to develop a range of skills in the manipulation and exploration of print, pattern, fabric and textile techniques based on initial drawing and research into historical and contemporary artists and designers.
What will I learn?
During the course you will:
- Develop your drawing and designing skills
- Research contextual sources of historical and contemporary textile, fashion, art & design
- Explore a range of textile techniques and processes through a variety of media to produce your own body of work
- Visit galleries and exhibitions to inspire and inform your ideas.
Units will include:
- Coursework Portfolio - materials and techniques for producing final outcomes such as clothing fashion and /or interior accessories
- Externally Set Assignment - practical project that focuses on ideas from a choice of 5 questions set by the exam board. Work produced over a number of weeks in the Spring term and includes a 5 hour period of 'supervised time'
- Personal Investigation - allows you to explore a personal response to a textiles/fashion theme and is supported by sketchbook work and a written piece of work of 1000-3000 words
- Externally Set Assignment - practical project which focuses on working more independently, choosing from a choice of 8 questions set by the exam board. Work produced over a number of weeks in the Spring term and includes a 15 hour period of supervised time in which you produce a finished piece or pieces of work.
How will I be assessed?
Work is assessed in through coursework and examination.
What do I need?
- 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)
- Art (or Textiles) at grade C
In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.
Where can it take me?
- Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
- University - degree courses in textile design, fashion design, surface pattern design, costume design
- Careers - interior designer, textiles designer, accessory designer, fashion designer, fashion retail and merchandising, teacher
All student development is supported by on going one-to-one feedback, self and peer assessment. We suggest you bring a basic art/textiles kit to include pencils, sketchbooks, scissors etc. An equipment list will be given at Induction. Textiles combine well with Communication & Culture, Art, English Language & Literature and Media Studies.