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Sixth Form

Art & Design: Textile Design A Level 

Textile Design is a wonderful course for anyone who enjoys art and likes working and experimenting with textiles. The course will introduce you to a wide range of textile media, processes and techniques. You will be taught by our specialist teachers; use our textiles facilities which include sewing and embellishing machines, burn tools, hand embroidery, felting, weaving, quilting, dying and batik equipment; and experiment using our print making facilities which include dry-point etching, collagraph, lino, gel plate and silk screen.

Our large, airy and open plan art studio and expert teaching team will help you develop into an emerging artist and designer. Similar to facilities offered at some of the top universities for art degrees, you will have a personalised ‘pod’ space for the duration of your A Level course; giving you ample space and flexibility to develop your art work. We also have a range of installation spaces where our students can experiment on a larger scale with their creative ideas. 

During the first two terms of this course, you will participate in a series of workshops to help you explore our wide range of facilities and broaden your technical skills and visual understanding of different creative techniques. This will also help you to build an impressive portfolio of work. Our teaching staff will spend time discussing your personal ambitions and tailor the subject matter of your work towards your own interests as much as possible.

Assessment of the course is by two components: a personal investigation (60%) and externally set assignment (40%). 

Examination board: AQA

Where could the course take you?

This subject can help lead to a wide range of degrees. Many of our students leave us to join degree courses at art and design universities and more recent students have gone on to study degrees such as costume design for theatre and screen, design for stage and performance and fashion marketing and media. Career paths are wide-ranging and include fashion design, surface pattern design, set design and costume design.