Art & Design (Textiles)


This Textiles course gives you the opportunity to develop a personal and structured approach to project work by exploring ideas and materials, developing your critical faculties in both practical and written work and acquiring a high level of design and making skills.

What we’ll study

This is a specialised course, which works in the area of constructed textiles, dyed and stitched fabric and fashion, using a variety of experimental methods and materials.

All projects begin with drawing, before moving into textile media. Work is focused on art based and creative processes rather than the traditional way of making functional garments. You will study the work of other artists, designers and photographers, 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 from fashion to industrial design, including knitwear, embroidery, footwear, millinery, fashion buying, retail management, museum work, arts administration, advertising and teaching.

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

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: Mr N Howarth


For more information contact

Name: Mr N. Howarth
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