Fashion and Textiles

A Level

Fashion and Textiles

Why should I study this course?

Studying this course would open up a multitude of doors for you within any creative industry.  Our students have gone onto a broad range of successful careers which include fashion design, interior design, fashion journalism, costume design for theatre and film, and as practising textile artists working within the industry.

A Level Fashion and Textiles teaches you how to experiment with a broad range of techniques and work creatively developing your ideas.  You will find new and exciting opportunities to develop your skills and ideas around themes chosen by you.

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What will I study?

At the beginning of the course you will learn a broad range of textile and fashion skills including fashion design and illustration, garment construction, embroidery, appliqué and surface pattern/printed textiles. You will then have the opportunity to select your preferred specialist area and produce work responding to your own chosen theme. This work builds into a "personal investigation" which is worth 60% of your final grade.

The externally set assignment is 40% of the grade and is theme based also. These themes are set by AQA and you will develop ideas into a final outcome produced in 15 hours of focused work. Both of these units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is marked to assessment objectives very similar to art and design specifications at GCSE.

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How is the course assessed?

Coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is marked to assessment objectives very similar to GCSE in that you do not receive marks for individual pieces of work but instead for how you develop your unit of work by responding to what you see other textile artists doing. The unit is marked as a set of work at the end, including the final outcome. In this way it is much better to work consistently throughout the whole course and make sure all work is as complete as possible. Your work is marked each week.

What will the course prepare me for?

This course provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to study an arts-related degree or to pursue a career in the fashion and textile industry. Each year £80 billion is generated by creative people in the Art and Design industry, so there is plenty of opportunity to find work after finishing your education.

Private study

At least 4 hrs of independent study each; our studios are always open for you to work in your study time. You will be given advice on what to do during your independent study time but it will involve tasks such as reading, preparing for your lessons and continuing to develop your sketchbook work in progress. You will also be expected to access our VLE on a regular basis to support your learning and collect resources via Pinterest and other research sources.

What materials will I need to provide?

You can buy a starter pack of equipment from us at the start of term along with a sketchbook. You will have access to a wide variety of resources on VLE including links to exam boards specifications, useful website links, video and text resources.  You are expected to provide your own basic art materials including basic drawing materials.  There are extensive resources available from the library that you can borrow but there is a list of recommended background reading on VLE if you wish to purchase some of your own.

How will I be taught?

During your lessons you will experience a mixture of discussion and practical experimental tasks early in the course. You will be expected to show that you can explore a technique or an approach in your own work after you have learnt it. As the course develops lessons become more focused on your own individual work.

This course is for you if...

If you are considering an art, design or fashion-related degree or career, if you want to broaden your knowledge of art, textiles and fashion design, and develop your skills in these areas.

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What are the course requirements?

It is desirable but not essential to have studied an art or textiles based subject before.
Five 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE including a grade 4 (C) at GCSE English Language.

Students wanting to take A Level Fashion and Textiles should have a L2 qualification in Art and Design or Textiles, either at least a grade 4 at GCSE or a BTEC certificate Merit. If they have no L2 experience students should bring a portfolio of work with them to their interview for us to assess whether they can be accepted onto the course.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • The willingness to broadly research using a range of sources such as the internet, books, journals and magazines, in addition to visiting galleries and exhibitions.
  • To be open minded and prepared to experiment with a variety of concepts, materials and techniques.
  • The ability to organise your workload and study time to complete work independently.
  • To follow health and safety instructions.