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Art Textiles A Level at St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College

Course description

Textile design is a versatile discipline that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and processes in order to produce fabrics for different purposes. Textile designers are expected to work in a multi-disciplinary way to create ideas, concepts, materials and techniques for different applications. Textile design at St Edward’s is taught as a personal and individual fine art discipline.

A-Level Art Textiles is a practical course with written content which allows students to develop their skills in producing fine art based textiles. It involves the creation, selection and manipulation of textiles and contemporary practice that combines a variety of methods freely, often embracing both traditional and modern practices.

The course covers surface pattern, printed textile art, constructed textile pieces and mixed media outcomes. Initial ideas will be explored using traditional art materials and techniques such as pencil, oil pastel, paint and photography but these will be developed into textile experiments and a final outcome that could take the form of installations, mixed media constructions, tapestries, three-dimensional pieces, applications, soft sculpture and wall hangings. You will study a variety of textiles techniques such as fabric painting, screen printing, batik, weaving, appliqué felt making and hand embroidery and embellishment. You will also be required to research traditional textile techniques and textile artists and fashion designers and make links to your own work.

Course content

You will study 3 main units over the 2-year course:

Unit 1 – Introductory unit -Students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary, secondary and contextual sources. They will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes.

Unit 2 - Development of the personal project including the written component. Students will have an internal exam.

Unit 3 - Externally set Assignment from the Exam Board

Entry requirements

It is expected that students will have achieved at least a grade B in Art or Art Textiles at GCSE.


By continual assessment and a controlled assessment within school

All units are assessed and graded internally by the school and a visiting moderator from the exam board.

The coursework units comprise 60% of the overall mark and the externally set piece 40% for A-level.


Personal investigation:
Part 1: practical work (72 marks). From personal starting points students submit supporting studies and personal outcome(s).

Part 2: personal study (18 marks). Students submit a piece of continuous prose of a minimum of 1000 words

Externally Set assignment: Sustained focus period of 15 hours of controlled assessment in which students create final response(s) to the theme (72 marks). Students submit preparatory studies and personal outcome(s).

Future opportunities

Students who wish to further their studies in an art textiles related field can either apply by means of a portfolio interview straight to university for degree courses or choose the traditional route of BTEC foundation in Art and Design at college or university. Careers that require an Art and Design or art textiles qualification include: Fashion illustration, Textile Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Sculpting, Theatrical Scenery and costume design, Visual merchandising, Fashion Buying

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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