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Design & Technology:Fashion & Textiles A Level at The Blue School

Course description

This is a new Design and Technology course, identical in structure to Product Design but focusing on fabric as a material. It is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject and one that will encourage you to use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to the design and making cycle. It requires you to solve real world design problems – this is a problem solving course - considering your own and others’ needs, wants and aspirations. Textile materials may be the focus of this A Level but we positively encourage combining other product design materials – wood, metals, plastics - and processes, to bring about innovative products – all is accepted on this course. 

Course content

Year 12 will involve small projects to extend skill and knowledge and this will help you to settle. You will use CAD/CAM as a key part of the course and this will include industry standard software CorelDraw to enable design ideas to be drawn and developed in new and exciting ways. Stencils, patterns and fabric can be cut and engraved using the latest laser technology in the department to enable you to move from ideas to making in an innovative and sculptured way; this course is about thinking outside of the box, stretching creative boundaries and experimenting with a range of materials. The laser cutter has certainly helped student combine materials innovatively. The 3D printer, you may choose to use also, designing your own fastenings and embellished applique components. Most students prefer to focus on fashion, researching historical influencing, understanding who the ‘fashion designer’ is and making clothes that reflect Haute Couture. This course allows you to concentrate wholly on fashion if you wish. Opportunities as mentioned do arise if you wish to use fabrics with other D&T materials, thus emphasising the flexibility inherent in this course. All products made are professionally worn and/or displayed each year in the summer term exhibition. High level clothing construction techniques are taught, including the art of ‘Draping on the Stand’ and Block Pattern Cutting if you show an interest in these undergraduate techniques. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’S at A*-C including grades for English and mathematics as below:

  •           English Language – New grade 4 or above
  •           Mathematics – New grade 4 or above


The course is assessed through two components:-

  • Component 1: Design & Technology in the 21st Century, Written Exam: 3 hours, 50% of the qualification 
  • Component 2: Design & Make Project, Coursework: approximately 80 hours, 50% of the qualification

Future opportunities

There are many opportunities for you within the field of design and technology. Students in recent years have progressed directly on to university degree courses (without Art Foundations) in Architecture, Graphic Illustrative Design, Textiles and Surface Pattern and Print, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Management, Marketing, Textile Technology, Interior Design, Product Design, Tailoring, Fashion (women and menswear). Other students have moved onto Art and Design, Costume and Theatre Design degree courses as well as foundation courses in preparation for other creative and expressive courses.

Central St Martins, London School of Fashion, Falmouth, Birmingham, Brighton, Southampton, Nottingham, Leicester, Leeds, Manchester, Northumberland and Edinburgh have commonly accepted students from this school based on portfolio and product evidence alone.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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