Textiles AS/A-Level at Haydon School
Textile design is a versatile discipline that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and processes in order to produce fabrics for different end uses. Textile designers are expected to work in a multi-disciplinary way to create ideas, concepts, materials and techniques for different applications; for example fashion clothing, innovative clothing for theatre or surfaces for interiors.
The AS qualification is a one year course and is comprised of two components. The first component “personal investigation” incorporates two major elements: supporting studies, portfolio sheets and finished art work. These elements should be seen as integrally connected. This component develops students’ knowledge of the formal elements of Textiles and helps them to improve their understanding of the relationship between skills, developing ideas and art and design practice. This component is weighted 50% of the total qualification.
Component 2 is an externally set assignment. This component incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 10–hour period of sustained focus. This component is weighted 50% of the total qualification.
The AS qualification is worth 40% of an A Level in terms of progression (UCAS) but does not contribute to an A Level.
A level Qualification is a 2 year course.
Component 1 is also titled a personal investigation but continues on from the AS qualification to last 18months. It incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points. Disciplines will include garment construction, interior products, sculptural textiles and alternative media. Students will be required to work in one or more of the disciplines. The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. Component 1 is worth 60% of the total qualification.
Component 2 is an Externally Set Assignment (ESA) and is worth 40% of the total qualification.
It incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15–hour period of sustained focus.
The preparatory studies will comprise a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the ESA. Preparatory studies will comprise a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment.
During the period of sustained focus, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the ESA.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Haydon School directly.