Textiles AS and A Level at Portsmouth College
Qualifications in Textiles can lead to a very wide range of interesting careers. There’s the whole field of fashion design of course, but also surface design (aircraft seats for example), fabric design, footwear etc.
You will work with a range of materials and processes using both traditional hand skills – experimenting with colour, mixing media, stitching, painting etc – and computer-aided technology. You might work with materials including cloth, yarns, tissue, plastics, paper, wire and recycled materials. You will be encouraged to look at historical and contemporary critical practice in the areas of fashion, interiors and fine art.
You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.
The course is assessed through practical projects, many of which also involve a significant proportion of written work.
We encourage our students to take advantage of opportunities to engage in exhibitions and potential commercial projects. Current students of Textiles have produced designs for the ‘Little Black Dress’ show in Birmingham and for a textiles exhibition in Brighton. We also visited the Textiles Department at Northbrook College to explore higher level courses and to observe printing of the students’ final fabric design work.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portsmouth College directly.