What will I be learning?
The textile design course offers the opportunity to develop skills over a broad range of textile and fashion techniques and applications, such as printing, weaving, knitting, mixed media, surface design, embroidery and installation. Practical work is produced by researching and developing ideas using drawing, digital exploration, sketchbooks and work sheets, supported by critical evaluation and an awareness of contemporary and historical influences.
How will I be assessed?
At A-Level in component 1 you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total A-Level marks. In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points which will count for 40% of your total A-Level marks.
What resources do I need?
You will need to use A3 Sketchbooks which can be purchased from our finance department.
The department does have resources you can use, but these may be limited to colours, so you may need to purchase your own materials.
Will I go on any trips?
Yes, in the past we have run trips to the Knitting & Stitching show, gallery visits to the V&A and residential trips to Amsterdam. So watch this space!
What careers could this lead on to?
Textile technologist, Costume designer, Creative Director, Interior design, Pattern cutter
Retail buyer, Textiles designer, Fashion designer, Fashion illustrator, Fashion journalist, Fashion stylist, Textiles teacher or lecturer, Upholsterer, Wallpaper designer.
What grades do I need for this course?
An Average Point Score of a 4 is needed. Having a passion for Textiles and Fashion. Studying GCSE Textiles and/or Art is ideal and an advantage.