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Art and Design: Textiles AQA A Level 'Fees payable' at Hethersett Old Hall School

Course description

“You can find inspiration in anything, and if you can’t, look again.” Paul Smith
The study of textiles encourages you to develop your intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers. It encourages investigative, analytical, experimental, practical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement. It encourages an understanding of the interrelationship between art/craft and design.

Course content

What and how will I study?
Areas of study include:
  • Constructed and installed textiles
  • Printed and/or dyed fabric and materials
  • Domestic textiles, wallpaper and interior design
  • Fashion
The course consists of two units of work which will be examined. This
involves one personal investigation and a controlled test or exam of fifteen hours.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have taken textiles at GCSE; to study textiles to A Level all you need is enthusiasm, commitment, hard work and a sense of humour!


Personal investigation:

  • You are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by you and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.
  • The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates your ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.
  • The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.
  • Duration: Continuous
  • Weighting: 60%

Externally set assignment:

  • You will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points and the supervised time is 15 hours.
  • Duration: 15 hours plus preparatory period
  • Weighting: 40%

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.  

Future opportunities

The course can lead to a foundation course in art and design and degree courses in fashion design/textile design and interior design, or fashion foundation and illustration, museum and gallery display or textile conservation. Other leads include fashion promotion/ merchandising, footwear design, textile science and technology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hethersett Old Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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