Textiles A Level

This course offers an exciting opportunity to extend your skills in textile design. You will gain a thorough understanding of the following essential techniques; felting, weaving, knitting, silk screen, block and mono-printing, mark-making, drawing, machine embroidery, papermaking, dyeing, batik, rusting, scorching, sculptural basketry techniques, pleating and steaming.

The main purpose of the course is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and to enable you to respond in a personal and creative way through hands-on making. The textiles staff devise projects that encourage you to explore your creative instincts through a wide range of materials and techniques.

Your textile creations are placed in wider context by studying practitioners’ work and learning from their techniques and processes, thus enriching your own work and understanding. During the course we run trips to the Victoria and Albert Museum, New Designers, London, New York and Paris.

Grade 4 or above in an Arts GCSE preferable but not essential.
60% Coursework and 40% exam.
The majority of our students go on to further study on Art Foundation courses and have been highly successful in their applications straight onto degree courses from A level. Previous alumni have continued on to study degrees in Textile design, Fashion design, Surface pattern, Fashion Marketing, Ceramics, Applied Arts, Graphic Design, Embroidery, Make up and Prosthetics for film and Television, Costume Design and Jewellery.

The diversity of our course makes it ideally suited if you are intending to go on to study in a more specialized area of art and design. It is an excellent pre-degree course and will provide you with a rich and vibrant portfolio work.

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An Overview of Textiles A Level