AS Level Textile Art at The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy
This AS/A2 Textile Design A Level is an intensive but exciting course. Students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of textiles, constructed textiles media techniques and processes. Students will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. The course extends students awareness of the elements of Textiles such as shape, colour, texture and pattern through a variety of textile methods such as printing, weaving, knitting, felting and hand and machine embroidery. Skills based investigations and projects may include sculptural fashion design, constructed textiles, printed textiles and mixed-media embroidery. Students should visually analyse using a variety of methods and media, both two and three dimensional on a variety of scales. Students will be expected to use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals/study sheets to underpin work where appropriate. Personal research studies into textile artists are an essential element of both AS and A2 components. Visits to exhibitions and a potential for working with practicing artists are a valuable part of this course. For the AS course students produce work for 1 coursework unit and a 5 hour practical unit exam. If students continue their study into A2 they will produce a personal written and visual study and a 15 hour practical exam. Skills and Attributes that students need to be successful: An ideal art student is one who: • has enjoyed art at GCSE • is enthusiastic hardworking and motivated and can work independently • wishes to further their art skills through the use of textile medium • enjoys a more practical based subject How the course is assessed: There are four assessment objectives. All units of work are marked by the art staff and then moderated by the examining board. Students are marked on visual analysis ability, links and understanding of other artist’s work, their use of media, and their own personal ideas and ability to make a creative decision. What students do after completion? Students taking this course have: • taken Art Foundation and HND courses • applied directly to specialised degrees in art, craft or design • used the points to apply to UCAS • gone into the world of work Because art is so diverse students are able to use these skills in a variety of areas: Graphics, Interior Design, Photography, Architecture, Product design, jewellery, Fashion, Textiles or Print, Fine Art, 3D or Sculpture, computer or digital art or animation, film or video, advertising, community work, Theatre, Museum or Galleries, teaching, or job/course that require a self motivated, problem solving, creative, imaginative and inquiring mind.
To take this course students should fulfil the general entry requirements to study A levels at the Centre and: • a portfolio or examples of art and design work • an enthusiasm and commitment for art and its many areas of study • an ability to communicate ideas effectively • a willingness to try something new
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as History of Art or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Art and Design, which could lead onto higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior Designer, Artist or fashion designer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as History of Art to prepare for higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy directly.