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Art, Craft and Design (Textiles/Fashion) A level at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

The Art Craft & Design A level is an exceptional, highly successful course which has a great reputation and strong links with universities. It is broad-based, exploring practical and critical contextual work through a range of processes and media. You will choose one specialist pathway which will determine your combination of media, complemented by additional processes. 

Your personal organisation is fundamental to the demands of the course. You will be encouraged to talk about your work through one-to-one and informal group discussions, portfolio reviews, and you will receive teachers’ feedback throughout the course. 

Your specialist pathway with be Textiles and Fashion.

Course content


You will explore areas of textiles to create new and innovative work. Inspiration and reference will come from a range of starting points, using drawing, collage and mixed media techniques and processes including repeated pattern, print, applique, felt-making, heat techniques and machine embroidery.

You will explore associated media and techniques including fine art – printmaking and painting, photography and digital surface pattern for fashion or interiors using Photoshop.

Personal Investigation 

Element 1 Practical Portfolio

The portfolio will consist of a sustained practical assignment with supporting contextual research the assignment demonstrates; research, ideas development, refinement and final solution.  

Element 2 Related Study

This consists of written and where appropriate illustrated work of 1500 words. The written work reflects the context of the practical portfolio work.

Element 3 Controlled Assessment

You will produce work in response to an externally set task. You will demonstrate research skills and the acquisition of media techniques. A final piece will be realised in 15 hours of supervised time.  

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including Maths and English. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in Art at GCSE level. 

Future opportunities

Examples of degree courses, leading to possible future careers, include Fine Art, Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic & Games Design Fashion and Surface Pattern Design, Painting and Printing and a range of combined courses.

Students who completed their course in 2017 are taking, for example, Textile Design at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), Graphic Design, also at NUA, Architecture at Lincoln University, Textiles at Art University Bournemouth, Art & Design at Leeds Beckett University, Computer Animation and Modelling at Hertfordshire University, and Animation at Salford University.

If you are considering a career in any area of arts, you are strongly advised to study Art, Craft and Design at A level.


Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2018
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