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Christ the King Sixth Form College


A Level

What will I study?

Textiles involves the creation and transformation of materials to explore and produce personal, practical and contextual investigations within the specialism. It brings together aspects of fashion, furnishing, illustration and fine art and is the perfect course for students with creative flair and an enthusiasm for drawing. You will enjoy the creative challenge of exploring and working with a wide range of natural and manufactured materials including wool, plastics, cloth and paper, developing outcomes within printed, dyed and constructed textiles. Drawing is an essential skill for studying this subject and is integral to Textile Design practice.

You will explore a wide range of techniques, for example hand embroidery, machine skills, screen printing and digital editing software. As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level, you will be required to produce a minimum 1000 word critical study. At the end of the course your work will be displayed at the College’s art exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of our learners.

What do I need to study this course?

GCSEs (Grade 9-5) in either Art, Photography, Textiles or Design Technology, or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design (Merit). If you have not studied the subject at school but wish to be considered for the course, evidence of ability and interest in the form of a sketchbook/portfolio must be shown at interview.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by coursework and controlled assignments. You will be required to produce a portfolio of coursework and a separate controlled assignment.

Where will A Level Textiles lead me?

This course leads naturally to careers in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion, Advertising and Product Design. Art & Design courses are also useful if you are considering a career in such fields as Architecture, Marketing, Publicity, Animation, Arts Administration and the Media. Textiles Design is particularly advantageous for those wishing to progress onto a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.