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Design and Technology: Art Textiles A level at St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The textile design course offers the opportunity to develop skills over a broad range of textile and fashion techniques and applications, such as printing, weaving, knitting, mixed media, digital applications, surface design, embroidery and installation. Practical work is produced by researching and developing ideas using drawing, digital exploration, sketchbooks and work sheets, supported by critical evaluation and an awareness of contemporary and historical influences.

Course content

This course covers the following specialist areas:

  • fashion design,
  • fashion textiles,
  • costume design,
  • digital textiles,
  • printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials,
  • domestictextiles,
  • interior design,
  • constructed textiles
  • art textiles.

The department organises a variety of regular trips to introduce students to a wide range of inspirational material.

Entry requirements

The general requirement to enter St Peter's Sixth Form to study 3 A levels, is 5 GCSEs at grade C / level 4 or above including English and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be taken into account.

Required for this course:

A*-C in Textiles, Art or Graphics


Component 1 – Personal Investigation (60%)

You will take part in a wide range of workshop activities to develop and extend your skills and to introduce you to new artists, designers, methods and techniques. The work you produce in the first year will be the foundation for study in the second year, and will enable you to build up a portfolio of work and sketchbooks, creating a body of work that demonstrates your abilities and skills. In Year 13, you will be asked to look back at your Year 12 work and identify any aspect that will become your specialist focus for your final A Level assessment. Component 1 includes a Personal Study of 1000 to 3000 words which relates to the practical work, and can be presented in any way that you think is appropriate.

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment (40%)

You will select one starting point from an early release question paper and will be allowed a period of preparation time in which to plan and prepare for the practical exam. You will then be given fifteen hours of controlled time to work on developing your ideas to complete your outcome.

Future opportunities

Possible Career Options:

  • Textile technologist,
  • colour trender or stylist,
  • costume designer,
  • creative director,
  • digital textiles designer,
  • fashion designer/ illustrator / journalist / stylist,
  • Interior designer,
  • museum/ gallery conservator,
  • pattern cutter,
  • retail buyer,
  • teacher or lecturer,
  • textile designer,
  • theatre designer,
  • upholsterer,
  • wallpaper designer
  • and many more.

For students hoping to pursue a career within art, design or textiles, students will compile a competitive portfolio during the course for progression onto foundation or other HE courses.

Recent students have gone on to study fashion in Paris, costume design at a range of universities, fashion at the London College of Fashion, and a tailoring apprenticeship in Savile Row, London.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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