Art and Design Textiles

A Level

COURSE OVERVIEW

Year 1

The aim of the first year is to explore and develop a portfolio of techniques and artistic approaches based on a variety of starting points, concepts, themes or an issue. You will work with a wide variety of textile materials and use fine art, graphical and digital communication to extend your design skills.

Year 2

Component 1: This is a personal practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions leading to a finished outcome or series of outcomes.
Component 2: Externally set assignment.

Curriculum:

As a student of Art Textiles, you will develop your intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities through a varied and personalised curriculum. You will develop investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills alongside gaining aesthetic understanding and critical judgement. These skills will enable you to grow independently, developing, refining and communicating your own ideas and presenting your own personal outcomes. Through your practical experience of working with a broad range of textile based materials, you will develop your interest and enthusiasm for the arts. You will gain an awareness of the processes and contexts in which they operate. Your knowledge and experience of the creative industries and real-world contexts will be developed through visits and project briefs that increase your understanding of the roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design. You will apply the skills you have developed through your coursework, practical projects for AS and a personal investigation for A Level, and your exam where you choose and respond to a question through a practical project.

Progression

After completing the course you will be able to progress to university to an Textiles related degree course or a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. You will develop knowledge, transferable skills and personal skills with the aim of enhancing employability.

Careers

The Textiles industry has many strands that you can specialise in. An A Level in Fashion Textiles could be the start of a career in fashion design, textile design, costume design, surface pattern and even fashion buying and merchandising. However, all companies realise that creativity and good design are important factors in generating new business.

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE Textiles or Art – Grade 5 or portfolio at teacher’s discretion.

Assessment

Portfolio – 60% Externally set assignment – 40%

Opportunities for work related activities

Trips to local and national galleries and visits from local artists and galleries through outreach programmes.