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Art, Craft and Design: Textiles and Graphics A Level at Westcliff High School for Girls

Course description

The course encourages a personal response to ideas, experiences, the environment, and cultures, and develops understanding in how original fashion and interior design textiles are created. It is a hands-on, practical course with highly enjoyable, varied tasks and activities, which include textile art, upcycling, calligraphy, graffiti and photography. This course also teaches students a whole host of exciting ways to create ideas for, and update, their wardrobe and home.

Course content

AS Key Learning: At the start of the course, students are introduced to several experimental techniques prior to starting their portfolio. Skills taught in this course include batik, free machine-embroidery, hand-embroidery, silk painting, felting, some exciting work with plastics, webbing, crochet, weaving, monoprinting, fabric manipulation, laser work, typography, ephemera, packaging, advertising, calligraphy, graffiti, art analysis and more. Students undertake a second project of ten hours of supervised work in addition to the portfolio.

A Level Key Learning: Students conduct a highly personal, practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme and then focus their work around this. Their project is supported by a written element of around 1000-3000 words, which can be presented either in continuous prose or as a series of shorter, discrete passages. Students undertake a second project of fifteen hours of supervised work in addition to the practical investigation.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade A in D&T or Art-related subjects, and/or genuinely creative students


Assessment: Component 1: Portfolio 60% of AS; no time limit. Component 2: Externally Set Assessment 40% of AS: practical – 10 hours

Assessment: Component 1: Personal Investigation 60% of A Level: no time limit; Component 2: Externally Set Assessment 40% of A Level: practical – 15 hours

Future opportunities

An A Level in Art, Craft and Design can lead to a multitude of diverse careers in industry and education. Other A Level subjects which will complement a study of this course are Business Studies, Psychology, Mathematics, Design and Technology, and Science subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

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