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Textile Design A Level at Carmel College

Course description

Texture, surface, natural form, dreams and cities are a few of the diverse influences used to inspire creative and innovative design ideas within the areas of Textile Design.

Students explore visual information to develop creative investigations into textiles and fashion. Experimentation into techniques and processes includes stitch, print, dye, knit and garment construction, to develop understanding of shape, form, pattern, texture and colour. All practical work is underpinned by critical analysis of appropriate sources. Students are encouraged to visit exhibitions and galleries.

Research methods including drawing, collecting, and mood boards will be used to generate a wealth of ideas. Students’ diverse and individual approaches can be realised in a variety of outcomes including fine art textiles, fashion design, illustration and textile design.

Entry requirements

You will need any Art and Design GCSE Grade C or a Technology GCSE Grade C including Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphic Products, Textiles or equivalent.


Exam Board - AQA

At Advanced Level you will be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media processes and techniques appropriate to your level of study.

Component 1: Personal investigation (60%)

A practical investigation, supported by written material, into an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or related outcomes.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%)

A choice of eight questions to be used as starting points with one being selected. Supported by preparatory work presented in sketch books, journals, models, mounted sheets along with 15 hours of examination time.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study the UAL Art Foundation Diploma and then access Higher Education. There are many universities offering courses to progress onto, including Textile Design, Womenswear, Menswear, Styling, Fashion Buying, Fashion Promotion and Costume Design for theatre and television.

Further information

What is the Art & Design department like?

The department is certainly busy and has a lively atmosphere, which we believe to be conducive to learning. Students who have been interviewed, without exception, comment on the supportive, friendly nature of the tutors and the progress, satisfaction, enjoyment they have experienced in the department. The tutors are committed to providing the highest quality teaching and learning possible. All art subjects are housed in the two-storey Centre for Art and Design offering superbly equipped studios and the latest technology. Computer facilities are available in separate suites. All computers are equipped with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere. There is a dark room, kiln room, dye room, sewing room, and workshop. There are ten specialist art tutors and three technicians in the department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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