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D&T: Textile Design A Level at Harris Academy Purley

Course description

This course offers you an exciting opportunity to embrace textile art, textile design, elements of fashion and interior design looking at the design industry from an artist’s perspective. It will introduce you to the contemporary approach of the industry and encourage you to flourish as a potential textile, fashion or interior designer, looking at a variety of techniques. You will also cover a garment construction unit, looking at techniques such as batik, block and screen-printing. You will combine your practical work with theory, research, and presentation skills, enabling you to develop fully as a budding textiles, fashion or interior designer.

Course content

Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry

Students will be tested against the following Assessment Criteria:-

  1. Contextual Analysis
  2. Creative Making
  3. Reflective Recording
  4. Personal Presentation

A Short Course - Introduction to Textiles & Fashion Skills & Baseline Test.

(6 Weeks)

Unit 2: Personal Investigation

Students will be given themes to choose from:-

  1. Culture
  2. Childhood
  3. Commercialism

60% of A Level Course

Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment

The exam board will set themes for students to select from.

40% of A Level Course

Entry requirements

Students require a grade 5 in English Language GCSE and Maths GCSE, and a grade 6 in Textile Design GCSE.


Exam Board: WJEC

In Year 12, work is continuously assessed and summative assessment is made at the end of projects and units. In Year 13, students will complete a Non-Exam Project which is 60% of their A Level grade, and an Externally Set Assignment which is 40% of their A Level grade.

Future opportunities

Skills developed on the course, such as research, contextual analysis, creative problem solving and teamwork can put students in direct competition with more traditional graduates giving them an even greater pool of opportunities to consider. For example Textile students can traditionally follow any career path onto degree level including Fashion, Illustration and Textiles, specialising in garment construction, weaving and knitting. The creative industry is the 2nd largest industry in Britain – and growing! Example Careers and Courses in Textile Design:  Fashion, Graphics, Advertising, Illustration, Fashion Marketing, Textiles, Education, Television, Product Design, Stage Design, Fashion Photography, Film, Curation, Art Therapy, Art History and Art Restoration, Costume/Theatre Design, Interior Design and Jewellery.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Purley directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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