At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 including English at grade 4 or above and an art-based subject, preferably Fine Art or Art and Design.
Why Should You Take This Course?
Textile Design is a highly creative Art and Design course which focusses on the development of colour, pattern and texture to create a range of fabric designs. This course gives the opportunity to develop ideas in a highly expressive visual and tactile way. Techniques covered include Printmaking, Machine and Hand embroidery, Feltmaking, Weaving, Fabric manipulation and Batik. Throughout the course students are encouraged to be experimental with their selection and manipulation of fibres and fabrics to create original design ideas. Textile design can be developed through 2D, or 3D design, and then visualised within a variety of disciplines including fashion, interior, and textile art.
You will have an opportunity to explore and experiment with a wide range of techniques and processes which are underpinned by sound understanding of the formal elements and design principles. You will be encouraged to combine materials and techniques to produce work of an individual nature in both observational and expressive work.
How will I be assessed?
A Level (first year): Coursework
The emphasis of the first year is on the experimentation and exploration of materials, techniques and processes. It will provide the opportunity to explore and experiment with colour, shape, texture, and pattern through a range of textile processes. You will engage with the works of artists and designers which encourages a critical response and enables you to analyse the way you work and develop your core skills.
A Level (second year): Coursework 60% - Exam 40%
The emphasis for the second year will be a focused and in-depth personal investigation. You will have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge you have already acquired and will be encouraged to develop a personal and creative approach to the subject, demonstrating a continued and critical involvement with artists’ and designers’ work. The emphasis is on depth of study and refinement of ideas, which will include an extended written content.
Are there any special expenses?
You will be expected to provide materials such as basic sewing materials, pencils and sketchbooks. You may also need to contribute toward the cost of specialist or large quantities of materials you may use in your projects. Some trips such as visits to museums and galleries are compulsory.
What could I do next?
The course will prepare you for further study at Foundation Diploma, HND/Degree level. Careers in the creative industries include practical fine art and design making, to illustration, teaching, gallery administration, architecture, art direction, film, television, curating, and restoration.
If you wish to apply for 2023-24 academic year, please complete the online application form.