GCE AS/A Level Textile Design

Programme Description



This is a two year programme, which focuses on developing a broad understanding of Textiles. The programme aims for every learner to develop their own unique voice using visual imagery, applying technical and contextual understanding confidently to realise their intentions. Learners are encouraged to explore individual interests and ideas over a range of genres through the development of sketchbooks to record their progress. Sketchbooks form an integral part of the course and learners are encouraged to develop their own creative styles for presentation, which may include producing handmade sketchbooks or integrating digital work. Sketchbooks are used to support the production of completed outcomes and finished products.

Learners will develop skills in drawing and illustration, surface pattern, garment construction and sewing. Studio sessions are available for learners to make use of equipment in free time. Historical and contextual studies are integrated within each learner’s personal projects to help underpin their practical work and to develop their literacy and subject knowledge. Learners have the opportunity to participate in local and national competitions, visit exhibitions and galleries. Workshops are organised for all learners and both AS and AL have the opportunity to exhibit their work at an end of year exhibition.


Programme Features



  • Learners will develop skills in traditional and/or digital print methods, constructed textiles, textile installation, accessories and fashion.  Studio sessions are available for learners to make use of equipment in free time 
  • Historical and contextual studies are integrated within each learner’s personal projects 
  • Visits to exhibitions, galleries and workshops are organised for all learners 
  • All second year learners and selected first year learners exhibit their work at an end of year exhibition.

Progression & Employment



The programme provides an excellent basis for progression to higher education. Previous learners have progressed onto a range of creative and theoretical courses around the UK and beyond. The college offers Foundation Art and Design and BA (Hons) Degree pathways in a range of creative courses to support further progression. Possible creative progression includes but is not limited to the creative industries, media, graphic and digital based design and a variety of historical and theoretical subjects. Due to the focus on both written and practical application, progression is not limited to the creative fields and this program of study supports a wide range of further study.

The programme provides an excellent basis for progression to higher education. Previous learners have progressed onto a range of creative and theoretical courses around the UK and beyond. The college offers Foundation Art and Design and BA (Hons) Degree pathways in a range of creative courses to support further progression. Possible creative progression includes but is not limited to the creative industries, media, graphic and digital based design and a variety of historical and theoretical subjects. Due to the focus on both written and practical application, progression is not limited to the creative fields and this program of study supports a wide range of further study.

 


Programme Content



AS LEVEL – Personal Creative Enquiry 

 

A LEVEL: Personal Investigation & Externally Set Assignment

 


Programme Assessment



AS

Textiles has one unit: Coursework Portfolio worth 100%.

AL

Textiles has two units: Personal investigation coursework unit worth 60%, Controlled Assignment worth 40%.


Programme Entry Requirements



Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which must be either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English Language. Those wishing to study Textile Design should have a grade C or above in GCSE Art, Textiles, Design Technology or a related subject and a portfolio of work. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Curriculum Area.

Studio Fees: A small studio fee is required from all learners at present. Please contact the Graig campus for additional information.