Textiles & Fashion Design

Why should I study this subject?

The Visual Arts department offers students the opportunity to be creative, and develop their independent working skills in an exciting and supportive environment. The textiles and fashion course is a creative subject which will give you the confidence to explore your ideas even if you have never studied the subject before.

We will challenge what textiles has traditionally been about and help you build upon your skills and help you learn new techniques. We will use traditional textiles and fashion materials such as wool and fabric and incorporate them with less traditional materials like metal, wire, wood, paper and anything else you can think of to create exciting and unusual textiles and fashion pieces.

During the course you will explore a wide range of techniques such as: sewing machine embroidery and illustration, felt making, garment design, dyeing, surface pattern, screen printing and constructed and surface decoration.

What will I study?

The course will begin with skills building which will develop your technical ability as well as expose you to new ideas. This will cover a range of textiles and fashion skills as well as a wide range of other artistic techniques. You will look at a wide range of other artists’ work, both traditional and contemporary, and use these to inspire and inform your own work. This will all be done whilst developing your independent working skills and allowing you to determine the direction of your own projects. You will then be able to select your own direction to work in, choosing ideas and media that interest you.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What skills do I need?

A genuine interest in graphic design

An ability to work practically and creatively

Comfortable with the demands of a coursework subject

Organisation and time management

Creativity skills are essential to succeed on this course

An ability to work independently on projects set by your teachers

How will I be taught?

A combination of traditional teaching and demonstrations moving onto independent student led sessions. In Year 12 there will be an introduction to a range of artistic skills and media with structured projects. In Year 13 the emphasis will be on you directing your own interests and projects.

How will I be assessed?

In Year 12, component 1 is a skills building unit which will be assessed internally. Moving into Year 13 there will be a personal project, written essay and a final piece as well as an externally set assignment and timed final piece which will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

What will the course prepare me for?

Creativity and visual communication are essential in many careers both inside the Creative Industries and out. You may go on to study a Foundation Diploma or other Higher Education course such as Fashion, Textiles, Surface Pattern, Fine Art, Design, Illustration as well as many other options.

You will also produce a portfolio of work that will prepare you well for both university interviews and when looking for employment.

How much private study should I expect to do?

As an approximate guideline this subject will require 4 hours of independent study each week.

What materials will I need to purchase?

Art materials maybe required throughout the course depending on specialism. A £10 fee will be charged for essential art materials.

What is the exam board?

This subject is for you if…
you are a creative person who wants to develop original artwork, likes coursework subjects and is self-motivated.

This subject is not for you if…
you struggle with coursework subjects and working independently.