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Fashion Textiles A Level at St John's Marlborough

Course description

Textiles A level courses attract enthusiastic, energetic and creative students who are inspired by the colourful and tactile world of fabrics, components and textile techniques.

Course content

After an initial introduction to the course, students will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through an holistic approach of research, practical work and visits. Working through sketchbooks students are encouraged to reflect upon their own work and the work of others, developing their ability to analyse and evaluate and are encouraged to evolve their own personal style.

Taught through Fashion Design and Accessories, students will develop integrated knowledge, skills and understanding of the following:

  • the creation and development of fashion design ideas, which may include drawing or recording skills, digital designs and the preparation of toiles or samples
  • the appropriate skills to combine and explore a range of materials and components
  • the appropriate skills of modelling, cutting, joining and embellishing in textiles
  • a working knowledge of a range of textile techniques
  • links to the broader areas of fashion, such as marketing, promotion and styling

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have studied textiles at GCSE or essential to have used a sewing machine as these skills will be covered within the course - more valuable is the wish to develop an intellectual curiosity and to respond to the world around us.

Future opportunities

With astonishing new developments in fibres and fabrics, the study of textiles is more interesting and challenging than ever. The work of textile designers affects every part of our lives – from the colours and shapes of our clothes, to the food we eat; from our hobbies and pastimes, to spare parts for our bodies and spare parts for our cars.

With a fifth of the world working in the textiles industry, textiles is a vast global employer. Careers linked directly to textiles include:

  • journalism
  • marketing
  • brand management
  • design
  • retailing
  • merchandising
  • pattern cutting
  • textile conservation
  • interior design
  • styling
  • theatre and film design
  • teaching and art therapy

With its emphasis on critical thinking textiles can open the doors to many career paths not directly related to the study of Textiles Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Marlborough directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2016

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