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Art and Design (Textiles) A Level at Dartford Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Art and Design - Textiles (AQA)

At DGGS, Textile Design is taught within the Art and Design Department. Our students are encouraged to create innovative pieces, using a wide variety of techniques, including machine and hand embroidery, freeform knitting, advanced felt making and fabric manipulation. Alternative approaches are explored, such as 3D embroidery, hand and machine knitting with wire, slashing, burning and machining into thin air. There are additional opportunities to attend specialist extra-curricular sessions. Our current Year 12 and Year 13 students are currently enjoying after school portfolio support sessions and life drawing.

Component 1: Personal Investigation

This is a practical textiles project with supporting written studies. It provides lots of opportunites for experimentation, acquiring new skills and using our impressive range of specialist equipment. Students go on to develop a project based upon their chosen theme. Individual support is given throughout to encourage personal enquiry and an individual and ambitious response.


Component: Externally Set Assignment

Again this a practical textiles project. It is based on a theme chosen by the student from a selection provided by the examination board and includes a 15 hour controlled assessment at the end. As with Unit 1, students can expect to enjoy practical workshops to extend their skills and they are encourages to continue experimenting and refining their technical understanding.




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Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Art & Design – Textiles, Art & Design – Fine Art, or DT Textiles.


Component 1:  Personal Investigation (worth 60% of the A Level)

Component 2: Externally set Assignment (worth 40% of the A Level)

Future opportunities

Architecture, Advertising, Jewellery, Product Design/Design Engineering, Film, Fashion Marketing/Promotion, Fine Art, Textiles, Fashion, Theatre Design, Costume Design, Special Effects, Journalism, Fashion Jounalism, Retail Management, Interior Design, Lighting, Fashion Buying, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Forecasting.

Further information

A wide range of careers as indicated by the courses listed above. Former students of this school have gone on to work for companies such as T M Lewin, Pringle, Topshop, Jaeger and Evans, designing or buying. During her studies at the Royal School of Needlework, a former textiles student from DGGS worked on the wedding dress worn by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 October 2018
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