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Art & Design A Level Textiles at East Sussex College

Course description

We are surrounded by the tactile world of textiles, fabrics and constructed surfaces, which in our digital world remain increasingly valuable.This course offers you the opportunity to explore and develop skills in the creative areas of printing, fabric dyeing, machine and hand stitching, felt-making, weaving and knitting.This is a practical course where you will build on your traditional art & design skills like drawing, painting, photography and any previous textiles experience, and you will have the opportunity to engage with a number of both traditional and new techniques.You will explore various aspects of Textile Design and be introduced to a range of techniques and approaches. You will develop new skills and learn how to document your progress in your sketchbooks.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C/4 and an art related subject grade C/4.


You will be set regular assignments and projects that will create identified assessment points. These will feed in to your progress tracking file which drives the College Report process and compares you to your Target Minimum Grade which is based on your prior achievements at GCSE level. It also enables us to effectively measure progress and make Estimated Grade predictions.This continuous assessment then directs our guidance and support ensuring that your individual learning programme meets your needs.In the 2 Year A Level the assessment for the overall qualification is based on the work that you complete in the second year of your course, allowing the first year to be primarily formative and supportive of your development.

Future opportunities

After completing this course you may seek employment or an apprenticeship. Or you may decide to specialise further by either going on to a 1 Year full time Art Foundation Course or a 2 Year Foundation Degree or a 3 Year BA Honours Degree.

Further information

As a Textiles Student you will be encouraged to visit exhibitions locally, we will also organise trips to London to visit specific exhibitions.
As a Visual Arts student you will be eligible to participate in the annual International study trip. Recent destinations have been Berlin, Hong Kong, Madrid, New York, Paris and Chicago.

As a student on a practical and creative A Level course we would expect you to undertake about 5 hours of home or studio study per week.

You will be encouraged to participate in local and national competitions and exhibitions such as the Saatchi Annual Student Awards, the Royal Academy Student Online Summer Show, the pan-Sussex Farley's Yard Art Award and local exhibitions at the Hop gallery, the Depot, Lewes and Southern Rail train stations such as Haywards Heath, Eastbourne and Lewes.

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: 25 June 2018
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