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Textiles at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

This course is available to learners enrolled at this school and learners at other schools within the Chatham consortium.

Why should I study Graphics?

Studying Textiles at Fort Pitt gives students the opportunity develop a basis of core textiles techniques through the exploration of hand and machine sewing, embroidery, embellishment and garment design. They are encouraged to develop proficiency with specialist processes like knitting, printing, weaving and the dyeing of fabrics, and to experiment with different types of fabric technologies to resolve creative problems. Students develop their own ideas through research of fashion designers and textiles artists to produce outcomes that range from finished garments to 3D textile installations. They learn about fashion design by studying and deconstructing every-day garments to produce original pieces. Although drawing is an essential part of any art based course, textiles students also rely on photography to record their ideas and produce their own fashion photo-shoots to exhibit their work. The department and has excellent links with University of the Creative Arts which provides a range of opportunities to expose students to the wider industry. An extensive range of extra-curricular activities will be arranged to enrich the classroom experience, such as our trip to the London Fashion Weekender and trips to national craft fairs, such as the Knit and Stitch Show.

What will the course involve?

Component 1 - Personal Investigation 60% of final marks During the first year, students will be set a series of projects which will enable them to develop their skills and knowledge in their chosen specialist area. At the end of this year each individual identifies a focal area (in conjunction with their teacher) for an in-depth Personal Investigation for completion by the end of January in their second year. This project brings together previous learning, provides a vehicle for students to really develop their interests in one specialist area and also includes a written component of up to 3,000 words of critical analysis. Students will also complete a 12-hour examination at the end of their first year which is set and assessed internally. Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment 40% of final marks Students will be issued an examination paper by the examining board, Edexcel, in February of their second year. This will contain a theme and suggested starting points that form the basis of a body of work which culminates in a 12-hour examination, completed over two days at the end of the second year.

How might this course complement others?

Textiles A Level brings together creative and conceptual skills that work well with other subjects such as Drama, Film Studies, Media Studies or English Literature. Students are encouraged to explore advanced concepts with their practical work and their analyses of the work of others, which can complement subjects like History, Politics, Philosophy or Sociology.

How will this subject be useful in the future? The creative industries are some of the most successful in the British economy, contributing over £84 billion each year and employing over 2 million people. Our department boasts excellent links with higher and further education institutions, providing an excellent platform for students to develop into a range of different careers.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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