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Textiles A level at East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Course description

There is a hands-on practical start to AS covering a broad range of processes to suit complete beginners as well as more experienced. As the course progresses it gradually becomes more independent with a focus on small group teaching through workshops and 1:1 support; this allows students to develop their own interests and produce personal work in a range of textile outcomes such as fashion garments, interior furnishings and lighting, wall hangings, jewellery and accessories as well as lengths of printed cloth. Students are offered support through individual feedback and tutorials.

At A-level students pick a focus for their studies around a specific aspect of textile design and put into practice skills learnt at AS to make more ambitious and challenging final pieces. There is a strong focus on progression where students are supported to develop their professional portfolios for use in seeking employment or higher education places

Course content

In Textiles you will cover traditional and non-traditional skills with exploration in dyeing, printing, hand and machine embroidery, batik and digital textile design as well as having opportunities to use unconventional textile processes working with mixed media such as wood, metal and plastics.

Workshops are offered in both AS and A-level allowing small groups or individual students to learn skills directly linked to their individual areas of interest. These include but are not limited to: knitting (machine and hand), crochet, weaving, macrame, screen printing, applique, photographic transfer methods, embroidery and garment construction.

There are currently 2 community projects in the planning stages for the next academic year also.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Art or Design Technology Textiles. Grade C or above in GCSE Fine Art or Photography. Students without this grade will need to show evidence of artistic and creative ability by submitting a portfolio of photography work and be interviewed on or before Enrolment Day by a member of the Art & Design team. You may wish to bring any textiles you have made at home.


Awarding Body – Edexcel

100% practical. There are two units each at AS and A-level. Timed practical examinations take place at the end of AS and A-level.

Future opportunities

Students ­find this subject a creative complement to other subjects. Most use it as a direct progression route to HE in a number of textile related courses such as Surface Pattern design, Print for Interiors, Print for fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Purchasing, Fashion Atelier, Hand Embroidery, Digital Textiles, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Interior Design, Craft and so on.

Some also use it to progress to other art based courses often supported by studying additional art subjects within the department. This includes Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, 3D Design and Photography.

Further information

Textiles students are also given the opportunity to showcase their work through competitions, fashion shows and community projects. In both 2014 and 2015 students from EN were short-listed for the National Fashion Textiles Competition and exhibited their entries at London Olympia. They were also involved in fashion shows at the Time and Tide Gallery, Great Yarmouth and on-site as part of the end of year exhibition.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Norfolk Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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