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Art Fashion and Textiles A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

Students will be introduced to a range of Textiles media, techniques and processes. Students are required to work in one or more areas of Textile Design. Students should produce a selection of carefully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of their chosen study. There must be at least one extended collection of work, or project based on an idea, theme or issue which demonstrates the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a substantial final piece. This must include evidence of their ability to research, develop ideas and to link their work to related contextual materials. Candidates will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

- awareness of the elements of Textile Design, such as shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and/or repetition
- appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief
- understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as fabric printing (mono-printing, relief printing and/or screen printing), tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer and fabric construction and stitching (appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or embroidery).

Year 12 Component 2 (externally set assignment) 10 hours supervised
Year 13 Component 2 (externally set assignment) 15 hours supervised

Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date. Following receipt of the paper students should consider the starting points and select one. Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models, etc. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. The first 3 hours of the supervised time must be consecutive. In the 10 or 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

Students will be expected to submit a written element between 1000-3000 words on their personal investigation in Year 13.

Entry requirements

Grade A*-B in Art GCSE or Grade A*-B in Textiles GCSE.

Future opportunities

Fibre Artist, Accessory Designer (Shoes, Hats, Bags), Dress Maker, Pattern Maker, Costume Designer, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Consultant, Embroiderer, Fashion Designer/Sports Apparel Designer, Art Critic, Art Historian, Art/Textiles Teacher. It can be great preparation for any career that requires fine motor skills, presentation skills, an eye for aesthetics and creative thinking.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wanstead High School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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