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Textile Design A Level at Wallington High School for Girls

Course description

This is an exciting course which offers students the opportunity to work in areas of Textiles that are relevant to their investigations, such as Textile Art, Fashion Design or Interior Design. Students will explore a broad range of techniques and processes including stitch, print, weave, dyeing, felt-making and fabric painting through the investigation of traditional and non-traditional materials such as paper, metals and plastics. Work is focused on art based and creative processes rather than the traditional way of making functional garments. Students will study the work of other artists, designers and photographers, including working from primary sources during visits to galleries and museums.

Course content

Students will work in one or more area(s) of Textiles, such as:
· fashion
· printed and/or dyed fabric and other materials
· domestic textiles and wallpaper
· interior design
· constructed textiles
· textile installation
Students may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.


Entry requirements

An A grade in GCSE Design Technology (Textiles), GCSE Art or Textile Art. If Art or Textiles has not been taken at GCSE, then a portfolio showing evidence of a suitable range of Textiles skills will be considered. This A level course is recommended for those students who will apply for Art Foundation or a Textile design-related degree course.


Component 1
Personal investigation
Students will complete two skill building projects during the Autumn and Spring terms based on a given theme such as “Eclectic cultures” or “The natural world’. Notes, drawings and practical Textile samples are produced in sketchbooks and final pieces are developed from these initial samples. Students will consider how other artists and designers have also explored colour, form and texture. The use of a range of CAD skills will also be developed including laser cut textiles and digital printing.
In early March, Students will begin their Component 1, where they will be required to conduct a Personal Investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.
6 hours homework per week is expected outside of lesson time in order to meet the demands of the course.

Component 2 Externally set assignment
Students will be provided with AQA examination papers on 1st February during the second year of the course. AQA set a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one.
The preparatory period is 8 weeks from 1st February. In May, students will complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time during which they must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

Future opportunities

Students choose to study Textile design at A-level for many reasons. They may have a particular career path they wish to follow, such as Fashion Designer, Fashion Buyer, Textile Designer, Interior Designer, Fashion Magazine editor, Stylist, or any aspect of the creative industries. Students may choose A-level Textile Design because they enjoy the subject and it offers a welcome balance with their other A-level subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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