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Textiles at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Textiles?

Studying Textiles will allow you to explore the nature and purpose of all textile processes and discover how ideas develop from initial ideas to finished products. You will work on themes that explore texture, colour, pattern, line and form through experimentation with materials. You will also have the opportunity to explore areas of fashion including design, illustration, garment construction and creative embellishment.

You will have the chance to work in our purpose-built studios where all aspects of textiles and fashion are highly encouraged. This is further enhanced by visits from practicing textil designers who run workshops in order to introduce our students to new and exciting textile techniques and skills, exploring other artists' work, which will be used in coursework to inspire ideas.

For the last five years Textile students gained 100% pass rates, a positive testament to the outstanding level of teaching and learning witnessed by the Ofsted Inspection.

The Textile year culminates in the end of year public exhibition which displays an amazing array of students' work produced over the whole of the course, and is something that all our staff and students look forward to.

After completing the course you will be able to progress to university to an Art-related degree course through the pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. This could lead to either an art and design-related career or teaching.

What will I study?

Some of the subjects you will study are:

  • Appliqué and reverse appliqué
  • Garment design and construction
  • Fashion design and illustration
  • Creating and developing surface pattern ideas
  • Creative machine and hand-stitch embroidery
  • Felt-making and manipulation
  • 3D fabric manipulation

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x grade B equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.
For Textiles specifically, this should include a grade B in GCSE Art and Design or Textiles Technology, however if this is not applicable, a task is available.


How is the course assessed?

• an internally assessed unit: 60%

• an externally set examination: 40%

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

  • Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Retail Buyer
  • Interior Designer
  • Pattern Designer


Further information

Which subjects complement this A-level?

• Photography
• Business Studies
• English
• Media
• Modern Languages

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LATEXTI

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