A Level Textile Design

 

What is it about at sixth form level?

Textile Design encompasses a very broad range of materials, techniques and processes, including a growing number of interdisciplinary approaches. These comprise woven, embroidered, knitted, printed, painted, dyed, manipulated, embellished and constructional methods which are utilised to produce a great variety of textile outcomes that include costume and fashion design, accessories and body adornment. The range is increasing as new materials and technologies emerge. Possible areas of study include: fashion, costume, digitally or traditionally printed and/or dyed fabrics, garments and materials, constructed textiles, textile installation and accessories.

Lower sixth

Our approach is to support and encourage students to explore, analyse and develop their skills by introducing them to a wide range of traditional crafts and contemporary techniques including batik, indigo dyeing, printing and machine embroidery. Disciplines include constructed, dyed or printed textiles, fine art or fashion textiles. You will learn how to develop your ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding. You will explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, and review and refine your ideas as your work develops. You will record your ideas, observations and insights relevant to your intentions, reflecting critically on your work and progress. As a student in the heart of London, you will have access to some of the world’s best museums, galleries and exhibitions. This will result in a personal and meaningful response which, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

Upper sixth

In the second year, you will develop your skills and understanding to a higher standard. You will continue to be given close technical instruction and supervision, but you will be required to adopt a much more independent and student-led approach. You will be working on your personal investigation, which is the first of the two components of your final assessment. This component consists firstly of a major, in-depth, practical, critical and theoretical investigative project or theme-based portfolio and outcomes. It is accompanied by an integrated and extended written piece of critical and contextual analysis (1000 words minimum).

Why study it and what skills does it develop?

Textile Design is an art subject and will count towards meeting the entry criteria for any Art and Design course at a higher level. It is also an excellent basis for studying and working in the textile or fashion industry.

What prior knowledge and skills are required?

A background in art such as a GCSE or IGCSE is preferred. You should have an interest in textiles and be keen to learn the techniques for how to manipulate them.

How is the course assessed?

AS level

The AS is a one-year course and is entirely assessed by coursework, this being the results of your thematic approach to an internally-set theme.

A level

The A level is a two-year course and all assessment takes place at the end of the second year. There are two components. Component 1 is your personal investigation, which is the coursework component. Component 2 is the externally set assignment. You will be required to develop independently a personal response to one of a varied range of stimuli within specified time constraints. The assignment consists of a series of visual (including moving image) and written stimuli set by the exam board. You will develop your response over a preparatory study period. Following the preparatory study period, learners will be allocated a period of 15 hours sustained focus study to realise their response unaided and under supervised conditions. Component 1 is worth 60% of the A level and Component 2 is worth 40% of the A level.

Reading

5000 Years of Textiles
By J. Harris
Published by British Museum Press, ISBN 978-0714150895

World Textiles
By M. Schoeser
Published by Thames and Hudson, ISBN 978-0500203699 

Basics Fashion Design 01 Research and Design
By S. Seivewright
Published by Ava, ISBN 978-2940411702

Basics Fashion Design 02 Textiles and Fashion
By J. Udale
Published by Ava, ISBN 978-2940373642

Exam Board and Specification Codes

AS: WJEC Art and Design B653QSL, A Level: WJEC Art and Design A653QSL (reformed)

 

Greg Ioannou
Head of Department