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Product Design: Textiles A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

A successful student should be creative and have an eye for Fashion. Students who have successfully completed a GCSE or BTEC in Art and Design, Product Design or Textiles would be appropriately matched to this course.

Course content

What will I study?

Students will have the opportunity to study and work with a variety of textile materials to enable them to understand the working characteristics, physical properties, cost and availability which influence the choice of materials in design situations. Knowledge will be required of a wide range of components used in the making of textile products. Students will gain a broad knowledge of the manufacturing systems used in the manufacture of textile materials and products for fashion, household and industrial applications.

How will I learn?

Through critical analysis of products students will understand how materials and components are worked to become parts of a design realisation, initially as toiles, prototypes or models.

Students are encouraged to explore practical skills and techniques as appropriate to the products they design and make. They will learn how to plan suitable production systems for the industrial manufacture of finished prototypes which take into consideration quality assurance and quality control.

Students will gain creative experience designing in order to encourage the application of personal judgement in the appraisal of textile products. At the same time, this knowledge should influence them in their approach to designing and making quality products that meet specific needs of identified users.

Students will have the opportunity to work in both two and three dimensional forms, engaging in creative activities in which ideas take forms, which satisfy a need for form, originality and function. Students will develop designs from a variety of starting points and respond in an intuitive and creative way. The course will also cover industrial and commercial practices within the area of design and market influences on design in the areas of textiles.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A*- C including grade B or above in Product Design or an Art and Design related subject.


Both the AS and A2 are assessed through examination and coursework.

Future opportunities

There are many careers in Textiles, most requiring further education at an Art college, FE or University. Career opportunities include; Costume Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Sports Wear Engineering, Fashion Business/Buying, Knitwear, Shoe Design, Millinery, Media, Marketing, Publishing, Illustration, Print making, Conservation, Garment Technologist, Merchandising etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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