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Art: Fashion and Textiles A level at Oldfield School

Course description

What will I study?

For AS

Coursework Portfolio. You will learn various techniques and skills that are evidenced through a given theme in an ideas book, and then you will produce a final textiles piece of your own choice. One or more of the following areas can be studied: garments/fashion, accessories, soft furnishings, printed or dyed textiles, constructed textiles, expressive textiles or digital textiles.

Controlled Assignment. The examination board sets the themes; you will select one to work from. The question is explored through a series of ideas’ pages and experimental textiles sampling; this work is usually done in a sketch book. The formal examination time in which the final piece is partially executed is 10 hours.

For A2

Personal Investigation. You select your own theme and then develop your ideas in an ideas’ book before planning and creating a final textiles piece. You also submit a written analysis of a designer’s work that connects with your practical theme.

Externally Set Assignment. The examination board sends a set of questions; you select one to work from. The question is explored through a series of ideas’ pages, textiles sample techniques and drawings; this work is usually done in an ideas’ book. The formal examination time in which the final piece is produced is 15 hours.

Entry requirements

You need to have a passion for textiles and be able to develop work in printed textiles, digital textiles, fashion design or constructed textiles. This is a demanding and time consuming course; students need to be prepared to do at least six hours of unsupervised work per week in addition to allocated lessons. A* - B grade at GCSE is beneficial.


Examination Board – OCR

Your teacher marks your work using four assessment objectives. An examination board moderator comes to school to check that the marks are in line with other centres.

AS is made up of an externally set task and a 10 hour exam.

A2 is made up of two units; a personal investigation worth 60% of the A Level and an externally set task with a 15 hour exam which is worth 40%.

Future opportunities

You may wish to pursue a career in Fashion, Graphics, Illustration, Animation, Ceramics, Theatre Design, Product Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Painting or Printmaking.

Further information

Is there anything else that I need to know?

Most materials you need for this course will be provided but you may wish to build your own supply. We will expect you to be resourceful and gather and collect things that may help you with your work.

Am I suited to this course?

You will be well suited to this course if you are:

  • Interested in creative fashion and textiles
  • Keen to learn to develop your practical skills with garment construction and decorative techniques
  • Interested in making decorative textile clothing or accessories.

What other subjects does it complement?

Textiles links well with all subjects as it encourages you to look at things in a much more analytical way. It complements subjects such as Art, History, Media and Photography especially well.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oldfield School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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