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Art and Design (Textile Design) A Level at Matravers School

Course description

A Level Art & Design (Textile Design) makes demands on the high level intellectual skills of analysis and synthesis as well as expecting students to carry on the development of knowledge and technical ability from the GCSE course. We hope that this takes place within the context of excitement, research and the desire to explore and work with materials, textures and colour to create imaginative and effective outcomes. Candidates are required to work in one or more areas of Textile Design; such as fashion, printed and/or dyed fabric and materials, domestic textiles and wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles and textile installation. The AS course is entirely practical, with students being introduced to a whole new range of skills and experiences. Annotated sketchbooks are used to provide evidence of idea development and experimentation, while students can expect to produce major pieces of work in textiles and other related media. The end of year exam is done in a similar way, the starting points for the work being set by the exam board rather than by the teachers. The A2 course expects students to be more self-directed, with an individually planned unit of work dominating the year. Students select and further develop the ideas and skills from AS, but also include an illustrated 1000–3000 word piece of writing in this coursework unit. Again, the exam follows the same pattern as the coursework.

Entry requirements

So far, our Art & Design courses have been extremely successful, with the large majority of students gaining Grade A*–C. We would normally expect students to have achieved a Grade B or above at GCSE, but we have seen some students with a C going on to achieve extremely well when they have sufficient determination and commitment.

Future opportunities

Students hoping for an Art, Fashion and Textiles-based career will clearly need this qualification and/or one of the other courses offered by the Art Department, but it is also a course which will provide valuable UCAS points for other students, at both AS and A2 Levels. Entry to Higher Education in Art & Design courses is either direct or, more usually, via a one year Foundation Course. Degree level courses and career opportunities are diverse. Statistics show very high levels of Art graduates finding related employment both at home and abroad. As well as teaching opportunities in the secondary sector and higher and further education, careers include Textile Designer, Costume Designer, Fashion Designer, Interior and Spatial Designer, Clothing/Textile Technologist, Retail Buyer, Retail Merchandiser, Visual Merchandiser, Industrial/Product Designer, Printmaker, Museum/Gallery Conservator or as a freelance company.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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