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AS/A2 Textile Design at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

The Textile Design course follows the OCR A Level Art and Design Specification, specialising in Textile Design.

It introduces students to a variety of textile design processes and techniques as well as explore working practices, briefs and audiences.

Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Textile Design to produce outcomes in visual, tactile and/or sensory forms.

Areas of study Students will initially work in multiple areas of Textile Design. Workshops will be delivered to experiment with and practise techniques in each of the following:

Fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing, screen printing, tie-dye, batik, transfer, fabric construction, stitching, applique, patchwork, padding, quilting, embroidery, weaving, knitting, felting & mixed-media applications.

Units Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%) Students will produce 2 elements:

• A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus.

• A related study of continuous prose (minimum 1000 words) Component 2: Externally Set Task (40%) Students choose 1 theme from a set task paper released by the exam board.

Students create a portfolio of work (developing & exploring their ideas) realised in 15 hours of supervised time.

How will I be assessed ?

Portfolio work is assessed at regular intervals against the following assessment criteria:

AO1 Develop ideas.

AO2 Explore ideas.

AO3 Record ideas.

AO4 Present a personal response.

Students will take part in group critiques & presentations. Verbal and written feedback will be provided at regularl intervals.

Mounting, displaying and exhibiting work is an integral part of the assessment process.

How is the course delivered ?

There are timetabled studio and workshop periods (5 hours per week) with specialist staff and it is expected that you will work in the studio during your free time.

You will be encouraged to work independently to deepen your critical and contextual understanding and awareness of the world of Textile Design.

What equipment will I need ?

All students will need basic creative kit with them at all times, including, pencils, marker pens, paint brushes, needles, pins, safety pins, fabric scissors, sketchbooks. Access to students’ own sewing machine would be an advantage.

It will be possible to purchase a basic creative kit at the start of term from the Arts Faculty.

What next ?

Gaining an A level in Textile Design can lead directly to work or a range of different courses in further and higher education.

It is particularly valuable for careers in the arts, design, fashion, merchandising, interior design, advertising and marketing, product design and many more. Employers are always keen to employ people with a creative outlook. 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take A Level Textile Design should have five GCSE A* – C grades including English and Maths, with a B or above in GCSE Art and Design or Design & Technology: Textiles.

They should have an interest in fashion and a passion for learning about manipulating, printing, dying and/or constructing textiles in functional, decorative and expressive forms.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

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