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Art & Design: Textiles A Level at Helston Community College

Course description

A career in art and design will lead towards a lifetime of experimentation, invention and discovery. If you have a strong feeling for a particular discipline, be it fi ne art, fi lm, fashion or textiles, or know that you long to work with colour, line, form, shape and pattern and that you love to explore and experiment then a career in art and design could be for you.

Course content

Year 1 Three Units of practical work: Research project that explores skills and Personal Investigation into art and design using a broad range of Textile techniques and methodologies.

Year 2: Specialist project exploring a specifi c genre within the Textile range of materials and techniques studied in Yr1 which students become very involved with, personalising their progress to their interest areas. Also you will need to complete a well written progressive journal where you clearly articulate your investigation, demonstrating clear understanding and analysis of your own work and that of artists and Textile designers who inform and inspire.

Entry requirements

It is desirable to have a grade B or above in art or textiles at GCSE level. On rare occasions students who did not opt for art or textiles can submit a portfolio of work as part of the entry requirements.


Work is continuously assessed and summative assessment is made at the end of projects and units. A level has a timed test which is 30% of final grade.

Future opportunities

There may be considerably more options open to you than you fi rst think: Skills developed on your course, such as research, negotiation, problem solving and teamwork can put you in direct competition with more traditional graduates giving you an even greater pool of opportunities to consider. It may surprise you to learn, that 40% of graduate opportunities advertised are open to graduates of any discipline!

Within all aspects of art design & media, there is still fl exibility. So through following an Art based textiles course you are still demonstrating the same skills as required from all Art A Levels. So for example Textile students can traditionally follow any career path onto degree level including Fashion, Illustration and Textiles, specialising in weave and knit, print and construction as well as a wider range. However they can move into any area for example designers may chose to use their design skills in jewellery, gardens or interiors or follow onto a career in Graphics, Photography or Fine Art. It may be that you will choose to practice in several diff erent areas - what is known as a portfolio career. We are not trying to confuse matters here, just encourage you to consider all the options!

There are over 70 art related subjects. They all relate directly to the creative and design industry. The creative industry is the 2nd largest industry in Britain – and growing! Nearly 20% of jobs in Cornwall are part of the creative industry. You may require an Art Foundation course to gain entry to degree level.

Architecture, Fine Art, Graphics, Advertising, Illustration, Fashion, Fashion marketing, Textiles, Education, Television, Product Design, Stage Design, Ceramics, Photography, Film, Admin/Curation, Art Therapy, Art History and Art Restoration, Costume/Theatre Design, Interior Design, Jewellery, Silversmithing, Animation, Games Design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2016

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