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Textile Design


Are you interested in textiles and fashion? If so, this course would provide you with the opportunity to produce high quality and original practical work as well as develop your knowledge of this exciting field within art and design. This is a rewarding course for students who have demonstrated a proven enthusiasm for art and design and a desire to develop this through creative textiles. If you are a determined and ambitious student, studying this subject could lead to a wide range of careers within the visual arts.

Topics covered

• Practical exploration and refinement of the use of a broad range of textiles materials, processes and techniques, e.g. fabric embellishment, manipulation and construction, printing onto fabrics, soft sculpture, batik, and general art and design skills of drawing, printmaking and digital imaging.
• How ideas can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts.
• The use of knowledge or other artists’ and designers’ work to develop ideas and provide sources of inspiration.
• Visits to local and national art, craft and design exhibitions will take place throughout the course.
• How to critically evaluate your own work and present ideas to an audience.


For component one you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, concept or theme supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total A Level marks. In component two, you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points which will count for 40% of your total marks.

Methods of working

The majority of the course involves experimentation and refinement of practical textile design skills; however in developing students’ critical understanding there is a significant amount of written work.

Skills studied include visual recording incorporating a wide range of textile techniques such as free machine embroidery, batik and printmaking. Textiles involves students refining their skills in using colour, pattern and surface decoration in the creation of innovative personal work that shows insight into historical and contemporary textile design.

Skills acquired

Students will acquire skills in the use of formal elements (line, tone, texture, colour, shape and form); understanding composition, rhythm, repetition, scale and structure; understanding working practices, briefs and audiences as well as the different roles and functions of textile design; using appropriate materials, techniques and processes; understanding the relevance of contextual issues.

Where the course leads

The visual arts is a growth area in the UK economy and offers an expanding and exciting range of careers for talented individuals. Students can progress to a higher education course in a wide range of visual art specialisms or in other subject areas.

Special entry requirements

Self-motivation and tenacity are important attributes for a successful textiles student for this demanding but rewarding course. It is preferable that students achieve a grade 6 or above in art and design or textiles at GCSE. Where no previous art qualification has been taken, prospective students will need to demonstrate a proven enthusiasm for the subject.