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Art and Design (Textiles) A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

The textiles course gives you the opportunity to develop a personal and structured approach to project work by exploring ideas and materials, developing your critical faculties in both practical and written work and acquiring a high level of design and making skills.

Course content

A specialised course, which works in the area of constructed textiles, dyed and stitched fabric and fashion, using a variety of experimental methods and materials. All projects begin with drawing, before moving into textile media. Work is focused on art based and creative processes rather than the traditional way of making functional garments. You will study the work of other artists, designers and photographers, including work from primary sources during visits to galleries and museums.

Entry requirements

General college entry requirements. In addition, you will need a grade C or above in Art, Textiles or a related area like Design Technology. Grade C or higher in English is recommended. If you have studied BTEC Art and Design/Art and Design Extended Certificate/Art and Design Diploma you will need a Pass at Level 2. Students without GCSE in Art or a related subject will need to present a folder of work for negotiation (eg drawings, photographs, designs, computer work, constructed pieces, etc). You must include at least one drawing made from direct observation.


The assessment constitutes coursework (60%) and an externally set assignment, supported by preliminary studies (40%). The coursework includes a written, illustrated critical and contextual study, related to an area of interest for the student.

Future opportunities

Most students go on to specialised degree courses in Art & Design. There are many careers open to you from fashion to industrial design, including knitwear, embroidery, footwear, millinery, fashion buying, retail management, museum work, arts administration, advertising and teaching. Most things around you have been designed by or required the skills of a trained artist in their production or promotion.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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