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Textiles A Level at Strode College

Course description

Through an experimental approach this course will develop your practical skills and appreciation of textiles. You will explore a range of media, processes and techniques including fabric
construction and manipulation processes such as steaming, felt making, sewing machine skills, knitting, weaving and pattern cutting. Another area of study is surface pattern and design, using an experimental mixed media approach to print and stitch techniques such as appliqué, screen printing, digital printing, free machining and a range of dying methods. As the course progresses you will further develop your knowledge and skills and be encouraged to follow your own interests to answer project briefs. You may construct textiles such as garments and interior design elements, or further develop your study of surface pattern.
Students are advised to take no more than two A Level visual or performance related subjects due to the quantity of coursework, deadlines and exam dates (Art and Design, Graphic Design, Textiles, Photography, Music, Music Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Dance).
You will use specialist print and textiles rooms and have opportunities for gallery visits. Working with visiting professional textile artists and designers is an exciting feature of the course, for example world famous designer Julian Roberts, who visited college to deliver a master class in his unique pattern cutting technique. At the end of the course you will exhibit your work at our End of Year Arts Show, which is open to the public.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent. You should have obtained a grade C or above in GCSE Art subject or textiles and present a portfolio of your work at interview.


This course is assessed by coursework and a controlled test.

Future opportunities

Students wishing to pursue a career in art and design usually progress to the Art and Design Diploma in Foundation Studies before progressing to specialist practical arts degrees such as fashion advertising, journalism, photography, fashion and textiles design, fashion illustration, furniture design, illustration, surface pattern design and theatre costume, and shoe, sportswear and lingerie design. Students have also used Textiles to support progression into Advertising, Interior Design, Marketing, Media, Theatre and Care and Education degrees.
Past students have progressed to universities of Brighton, Falmouth, Manchester Metropolitan, Bath Spa, Westminster, Swansea, Winchester and London College of Fashion.
It is also possible to access apprenticeships in Arts and Events Management and Fashion. Recently students have secured Apprenticeships with a Somerset based bridal and dressmaking business and another with Mulberry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Strode College directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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