Textiles Fashion A Level at Truro and Penwith College
You will begin the year with varied workshops exploring the visual research processes used by fashion designers to take an idea from design to final concept. You will learn a diverse range of fashion and textile skills including fashion drawing, how to drape and model a garment on a dress form, pattern making, how to select appropriate fabrics and fibres, together with garment construction techniques. You will also explore how historic and contemporary fashion designers communicate their ideas and how fashion is influenced by social and political events
Working in sketchbooks, you will evidence your evolving skills and knowledge, fashion terms and ideas, documenting and constantly reflecting on your creative development. By the end of the AS year you will have produced a body of coursework, which explores your design ideas, problem solving through to a final fashion product.
The A2 Textiles Fashion course builds on your learning in the first year. There is one personally negotiated, more focused coursework project and one exam project. In addition to designing and making there is a written element to the second year of the course where your learning will be supported by group presentations and contextual lectures.
Towards the end of the course you are given eight weeks lecture time to prepare for a 15 hour exam. The preparation time forms a personal project responding to a chosen exam theme; the 15 hour exam time is used to create a final piece which resolves this project.
Component 1: Personal Investigation Coursework (AS)
100% of AS Level
The Personal Creative Enquiry consists of an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner. The Enquiry must integrate critical, practical and theoretical work.
Component 1: Personal Investigation (A2)
60% of A Level
The Personal Investigation consists of a major in-depth, practical, critical and theoretical investigative project/theme-based portfolio. Learners will be required to carry out an extended critical and contextual analysis (1000 word minimum requirement).
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
40% of A Level
Learners will be required to independently develop a personal response to one of a varied range of stimuli. Learners will develop their response during a preparatory study period culminating in a 15 hour sustained focus study.
- The basic requirement is five GCSEs at grade C with a grade B or higher GCSE in an Art based course.
- A keen interest in drawing as a means of indulging your creativity, visualising and communicating your ideas while resolving problems and details.
The Art Department is friendly, supportive, ambitious and hardworking. Achievement in this subject relies heavily on your attendance, punctuality and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.
- You will be encouraged to try a broad range of approaches, which you will then refine into ways of working which suit your individual interests, acquiring and developing specialist skills in your chosen discipline.
- Independent work is fundamental to the course; at least 50% of all work assessed should have happened outside the classroom.
- Homework is set weekly. Initially it is set by lecturers and will be tightly specified and closely linked to class workshops; it will be monitored regularly. As the course develops you will be required to set your own homework/independent work based on agreed learning needs.
- Your ongoing work will be assessed in lessons through focused 1:1 discussion. Sketchbook work will be assessed regularly for reflective, thoughtful, analytical critical evaluation and annotation. Emphasis is upon the development towards a final piece, through observation and technical, aesthetic and conceptual refinement.
- You will also be assessed against how your research of art, craft, design, media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures improves your own understanding and practice.
- Discussions and presentations are a vital part of our assessment process and you will be expected to contribute to these during your lessons.
You can progress directly from A Level Textiles Fashion to a wide range of degree courses in preparation for a career in fashion or textiles. Past students have successfully applied for all of the following: Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Merchandising, Textile Design, Costume Design, Jewellery Design, and Visual Merchandising.
Independent practice will be supported through PowerPoints, worksheets and other guides available through our Moodle course. We also provide further support through focussed boards on Pinterest. College trips to visit museums and galleries will be offered and we encourage our students to visit galleries both locally and nationally to support their work.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.