A-level Textiles is an art-based subject with an emphasis on creativity. Projects are devised to help students understand the fundamental process of design through research, sampling and developing ideas into unique and exciting outcomes.
The specification studied is the OCR Art & Design (Textile Design). It may be taken alongside Photography, Fine Art and Graphic Communication.
This is a two-year course. Students are assessed on the following two units at the end of the second year:
60% of A-level
Externally Set Task
40% of A-level
Students following the course explore surface textile design in its widest sense, through coursework projects and theoretical knowledge.
In the first year we run a series of projects which introduce a range of techniques including collage, screen and lino printing, fabric dying, applique, machine and hand stitch. The use of computer software is included in the course in order to aid the design process.
In the second year students will choose their own areas of study and will set their own design briefs building upon the knowledge and skills that they have learnt in the first year.
They are encouraged to work independently in order to prepare them for higher education and employment. Staff will facilitate and guide them to realise their ideas.
Students are required to produce a written study about an artist or designer as part of their Personal Investigation.
The course is taught by specialist practitioners. All practical sessions are supported by demonstrations, a theoretical background and critical studies. A minimum of 4.5 hours private study per week is required.
It is essential that students are encouraged to do first hand research and a number of trips are organised.
All units will be marked internally by the Creative Arts team and will be moderated by the exam board.
The Textiles area is very well equipped with facilities to create a range of traditional and digital textile outcomes, including high quality screen and block printing equipment, Bernina sewing machines and an A1 digital printer. Students are also given a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud which they can run on their home computer.
Trips and visiting speakers are organised throughout the year in order to inspire students and give them a broader understanding of Textiles and Design. These will come at a variable cost but we will always keep costs down wherever we can.
The A-level in Textiles Design provides a sound basis for students who wish to proceed to higher education as well as being a useful background to a career within the creative industries.
A studio kit fee is required for this course.
Year 12 course kit - £148.52
Year 13 course kit - £52.26.
Students are expected to have funds to cover additional equipment and printing costs as directed by their individual project requirements.
The cost of all trips will be the responsibility of the student.
Financial assistance is available via the College's Bursary Fund.
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