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Textiles AS/A Level at Stoke Newington School

Course description

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes. Your creative responses to your research will be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate your understanding of different styles, genres and traditions in fashion and textile design.

Skills and techniques: You will be expected to demonstrate skills in the context of textile design, including research, designing and making. You will develop skills in all of the following and produce a portfolio of work as well as textile and fashion products and garments:

• awareness of shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and repetition

• appreciation of the relationship of form and function

• understanding of a variety of textile methods You will develop knowledge and understanding of:

• historical and contemporary developments in fashion and textiles

• how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and ethical contexts

• continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions

Entry requirements

You will need a grade B in textiles, graphics, product design, resistant materials, or a similar BTEC qualification.


AS Level:

Unit 1: Coursework portfolio and practical made fashion or textile outcomes. This counts for 50% of the total AS qualification.

Unit 2: Externally set practical coursework assignment (exam) with five hours’ supervised time, plus preparation. This makes up the other 50% of the marks.

A Level:

The second year of the course will expand on skills and practices developed in the AS year.

Unit 3: Personal investigation coursework and practical made fashion or textile outcomes You will develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or era, supported by 1,000 - 3,000 word essay or written report. This counts for 25% of A level marks.

Unit 4: Externally set practical coursework assignment (exam) with 15 hours’ supervised time, plus preparation. This makes up 25% of A level marks. Areas of study:

• fashion

• printed and/or dyed materials

• domestic textiles and wallpaper

• interior design

• constructed textiles

• textile installation

Future opportunities

The fashion and textiles industry is growing, with many career opportunities in design, styling, marketing and management. A qualification in textile design will support applications to higher education, university and art college foundation/ degree courses, including fashion design, textile design, costume design, interior design, fine art, fashion business, fashion marketing and fashion management. Graduates from these courses enjoy careers in the textiles industry as designers, stylists, pattern cutters, product developers, buyers, merchandisers, marketers, journalists, retail managers and consultants.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Newington School directly.

Last updated date: 23 November 2016
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