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Textiles & Fashion Design A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

This is an art based textiles and fashion course working from a starting brief or theme. You will creatively explore textiles and how far you can manipulate the materials, stretch ideas and push boundaries, perhaps using materials that may not be considered “textiles”.

You will build upon skills learnt at GCSE Textiles. You will work in sketchbooks to develop and experiment with ideas and will be encouraged to make these personal and reflective of your own style. You will develop your knowledge of textile artist/designers throughout your course and will use this knowledge to inform and inspire your own work.

Work produced could include, fashion, costume or accessory design, art textiles, three dimensional textiles, sculpture, interior design and fashion illustration. The course will enable you to work to your strengths and interests within fashion and textiles.

Course content

There will be an initial teacher directed based project followed by a self-directed practical project called the specialist project. Your coursework will include a written and illustrated art history project and a series of linked textile outcomes. You will also complete a 15 hour timed test and a 10 hour mock.

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have achieved a good pass, (B or above) in GCSE Textiles, and an APS of 4.5 or above.


You will be marked on observational drawing skills, development of ideas, contextual awareness and practical textile realisations.

Coursework 60% included 1000+ word written research project that is worth 12% of the final mark.

15 hour Practical Exam sat in sessions over a three week period worth 40% of the final mark.

Further information

This course can be taken alongside Art and Design, Photography and or Graphics, although due to similarities with the course structure advice should be taken if you plan to do this.


Own pins/needles, fabric scissors 2 x A3 sketchbooks

Specialist textile materials depending upon projects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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