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Art and Design (Textiles Design) A Level at Brookfield Community School

Course description

The course is for students who have a flair for creative Textiles and would like to continue to develop their Textiles skills and knowledge as they move into A level study. It is normal for a student to study A level Textiles Design as part of a range of A level subjects. We expect our students to be committed, motivated and hardworking as this is a challenging and demanding course. Students will need to be well organised and meet regular deadlines. Textiles Design offers a stimulating course of study both for students wishing to continue with Art and Design as a career, as well as those, whether Arts or Science based, who want to use Art and Design as an additional subject for University entry.

Course content

The main emphasis of the course is on personal development and building up a portfolio both for assessment and progression onto higher levels of study. This is achieved through the development of many Textiles skills. You will produce work in several areas such as Constructed textiles, knitted and woven textiles, printed and/or dyed fabric and materials. You will initially work on a fully structured, teacher led unit of work and will gradually develop more individual ways of working. Artists’, Photographers’ and Designers’ work, both traditional and contemporary, play an important role in the development of coursework and encourages you to broaden your subject knowledge and understanding. Specialist staff provide regular constructive feedback and as the course develops you will gain an increasingly confident and independent approach to your studies. You are expected to develop skills in working independently both in and out of timetabled sessions. This course will provide you with an experience which will develop, in you, an ability to communicate ideas visually; a skill which is transferable to many careers.

Entry requirements

To study Textiles you will need a minimum of Grade C in either Art Textiles or Fine Art (not Technology Textiles).


AS Coursework Portfolio. You will produce a portfolio of work in the form of an extended project. This includes critical studies. 60% of AS

Externally set assignment You will respond to one of five starting points and produce a second portfolio of work. The project is taken between February and May and will include 5 hours under examination conditions. 40% of AS

A2 Personal Investigation You will produce an extensive portfolio and a 3000 word written investigation linked to your practical work. Investigations will be based on contemporary or historical practice of artists or designers. 60% of A2

Externally set assignment You will respond to one of eight starting points and produce a second portfolio of work. The assignment is undertaken between February and May and will include 15 hours under examination conditions. 40% of A2

Future opportunities

Our previous students have gone on to study such diverse subjects as Medicine, Law and Rural Management. Art related careers now employ as many people as in banking/manufacturing. Many Arts careers require further study at degree level via a foundation course. Possible employment opportunities Include: Textile design, Fashion design, (including footwear, millinery, sportswear, and knitwear) Costume and props design for theatre and film, Teaching, Events Management, Domestic textiles design, (including fabric, drapes, wallpaper, and furnishings) Costume restoration, Gallery work, Art therapy, Fashion buyer, Fashion journalism, Window Dressing, Garment pattern cutting/machining and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brookfield Community School directly.

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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