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Textiles AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

A level Textile design is a dynamic and exciting subject area that will appeal to students who are interested in fashion, textiles, costume and interiors.

This course enables you to develop your creativity in textiles and fashion, allowing you to experiment with many different processes such as freehand machine embroidery and screen-printing, whilst building a portfolio of work that will enable you develop your skills as a designer.

All techniques and skills are taught through practical demonstrations; therefore no experience of textiles at GCSE is required.

A Level Textiles combines effectively with other subject areas and enables students to apply for a range of degree subjects.

There will be opportunities to specialise in this wide ranging subject area, and you will have the chance to produce outcomes in an area that interests you.

We study cutting-edge designers and organise trips to London to see current exhibitions at the UK’s most exciting galleries. Whenever possible we try to get involved in a live brief that enables students to get a feel for working in the industry. In the past we have created garments and produced a successful fashion show, which resulted in valuable work experience opportunities for some of our students with a leading London agency.

Course content

You will learn how to gather imagery to inspire you to create textile work or garments.  Through the critical analysis of the work of textile artists and designers you will be introduced to a range of skills and concepts to broaden your vocabulary and knowledge.  You will be taught many textile processes from the 'basics’ to the ‘advanced’. 

Learning is encouraged through set projects and experimental workshop sessions in the studio. Students are encouraged to develop the ability to work independently, gathering relevant research material and extending practical work in the textile studio.

Year One

  • The course is 100% coursework, and you will be encouraged to explore pattern and surface texture by experimenting with paper, fabric, threads and mixed media. 
  • In your final project you will be able to produce outcomes for fashion, textiles or interiors.

Year 2

  • Projects will develop your abilities further by allowing you to pursue concepts in more depth. 
  • You will create a very personal body of work that follows the pathway you are interested in.
  • You are able to choose to create final outcomes in such diverse areas as fashion, fabric design, surface decoration, art textiles, costume design and interior textiles. 
  • In the Spring term you will complete an externally set project.

Entry requirements

Students on this course should have already obtained GCSEs at grade C or above in 5 subjects.  It is advantageous to have studied GCSE Textiles or an Art and Design related subject.


This subject is 100% coursework; you will be assessed throughout the year by formative and summative assessment methods, and given regular feedback on your progress. You will have regular discussions with your tutor to help you develop your ideas.

Financial information

Students pay a studio fee of £30 per year to cover the cost of some materials used in the studio. The course provides basic materials to introduce processes and techniques. Students are required to buy their own materials for extended independent experimental work and for final pieces.

Many materials can be purchased cheaply at the College Art Shop. Organised visits are considered essential parts of the course. On average there may be 2 visits organised each year at a cost of around approximately £20.

Future opportunities

The A level qualification combines effectively with other subject areas and enables students to apply for a range of degree subjects or an art foundation diploma course.  Former Brockenhurst Textiles students have progressed with direct entry onto many of the top universities for fashion and textiles, including St Martins; London College of Fashion; Chelsea; Ravensbourne; Epsom; Bournemouth; and Winchester.

The fashion and textiles industry generates £40bn per annum in the UK and employs over a million people.  As such, the industry is the second largest employer in the UK and provides a host of career opportunities including fashion design, textile design, costume design, garment technology, textile technology, pattern cutting, tailoring, embroidery, illustration, interior design, surface design, accessories design, footwear designer, fashion marketing & promotion, fashion merchandising, fashion retailing, fashion management, fashion product innovation, fashion forecasting, fashion journalism and fashion styling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brockenhurst College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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