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Art and Design: Textile Design at Chislehurst School for Girls

Course description

A-Level Textile Design is an exciting and highly creative course that combines the traditional methods of drawing, painting and collage in Art with experimental skills of Textiles. The course will teach you a range of approaches to decorative textile techniques including fabric dying, batik, applique, hand and machine embroidery, surface manipulation and printmaking. We will examine exciting artists, Textile and Fashion designers, photographers and other contextual references in order to inspire ideas. You will then bring together your ideas and experiments; realising them as a final outcome/ series of outcomes which could include a hanging, garment, constructed piece or soft sculpture.

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Component 1: Personal Investigation & Related Study

You will start with observational studies; where you will explore the textures, colour, patterns and shape of an object. You will then complete a series of mini skills workshops to strengthen your skills in a range of decorative Textiles techniques. Within the main theme/ starting point you will be encouraged to choose a personal line of enquiry from which you will develop your ideas into a final outcome that has personal significance. Gallery and museum visits will be encouraged, as well as a dedication to continue your investigations outside lesson time.


Component 2: Externally Set Task

You will respond to one starting point from the exam paper; developing your skills and knowledge through a wide range of experimental techniques and processes; whilst using contextual references as inspiration for further ideas. A supervised time of fifteen hours will be given to producing a final outcome which brings together your ideas and references your sketchbook work.

Entry requirements

A GCSE Grade A*-B in Art & Design or Art Textiles. We will also accept applications from students who have a portfolio of work which supports the level of skill required at A-Level standard.


Component 1: Personal Investigation & Related Study

(60% of total A-Level) – 120 marks


Component 2: Externally Set Task

(40% of total A-Level) – 80 marks

Future opportunities

A-Level Art & Design: Textile Design can lead to entry into a wide variety of career areas, including fashion, textile design, theatre costume design, tailoring, fashion photography, fashion buying or visual merchandising. Many students go on to study a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design in order to strengthen their portfolios for a place onto a University Degree course in one of the Art & Design specialisms.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chislehurst School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 08 May 2015
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