Art & Design Textiles (A-Level) Course

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Textile Design A level offers a diverse and creative approach to fabric and print development and will allow you to gain an understanding of professional contexts including; fashion, interior and surface pattern design.

What we’ll study

Through fashion, sustainability and interior design projects students will develop their conceptual thinking and experiment with a range of materials and techniques including; stitch, print, dye, 3D material manipulation, surface pattern design and digital processes. This course encourages students to push the boundaries of wearability and explore fashion as art, rather than focusing on traditional garment construction methods. Students will study the work of other artists and designers, including work from primary sources during visits to galleries and museums.

Studying Textiles with us, you’ll be joining a thriving Art & Design Department, one of the largest A Level art departments in Britain. We have with around 450 students currently studying A levels in Art, Graphics and Photography as well as Textiles.

In recent years our students have attained some of the very highest results in the country.

The core values of the department are the primacy of ideas, hard work and a deep passion for all aspects of Art & Design. The belief that art is a life-affirming, life-changing, teachable, learnable, intellectual and unbelievably exciting way to look at the world is central to our philosophy.

In September 2013 the college opened a new, extended and enhanced department, providing state-of-the-art facilities for the study of Art & Design. It comprises five large teaching rooms, an extensive darkroom, gallery, screen printing, 3D and studio photography facilities, all underpinned by the latest Apple technology. As a result students beginning study in Art & Design at Holy Cross have a very much enhanced experience, hopefully inspiring even higher levels of achievement.

Your future

There are a huge range of career options open to you including Fashion Design, Textile Design, Fine Art, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Business, Fashion buying, Fashion Stylist, Visual Merchandising, Costume and Theatre Design, Surface Pattern designer, Print Maker, Interior Designer.

How you’ll be assessed

Like GCSE Art & Design courses, assessment is through practical coursework (60%) and controlled examination (40%), supported by a written, illustrated critical study.


Level: A Level

Examining Board: AQA

Entry Requirements:

General College entry requirements.

GCSE Art, Graphics or related area such as Design Technology at grade 4 or above.

GCSE English at grade 4 or above is recommended.

If you have studied BTEC Art and Design/Art and Design Extended Certificate/Art and Design Diploma you will need a Pass at Level 2. Students without GCSE in Art or a related subject will need to present a folder of work for negotiation, which must include at least one drawing made from direct observation.

Great subjects to partner A Level Textiles:

Art, Graphics, Photography all relate well to this subject.

To discuss if this course is for you, please get in touch.

Contact: Ms L Watt


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