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Fashion & Textiles A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

Do you enjoy Textile Design and have a passion for fabrics, threads and all kinds of fibres? Do you take pleasure in experimenting with colour, texture and pattern? Then this course is for you. You will gain knowledge, skills, and enjoyment studying the following: Learn the basic elements of art and design. Improve your skills in sewing, surface pattern, embroidery, painting, printing, constructing textiles, felting, weaving and fabric manipulation. You will also learn how to progress your studies from initial ideas through to final outcomes and how to present those outcomes to achieve their maximum visual impact.

What else can you do on this course?

You'll have the opportunity to travel to exhibitions such as The Clothes Show, exhibit your work at the Creative and Applied Art faculty's End of Year Show and be taught by practising artists.

Course content

This course places a strong emphasis on learning how other artists create images as well as on contemporary techniques and materials.

AS Units:

  • Unit 1:You will select a theme and create work based around that theme, influenced by the style of chosen artists. Through investigations and exploration of material techniques and processes you will create a personal body of work.
  • Unit 2: Practical exam externally set by AQA including a 5 hour practical supervised control piece. This involves working from a chosen theme to develop a body of research, experimental developments, pieces of work and outcomes. These should demonstrate your media experiments and the influence different artists had on your work.

A2 Units:

  • Unit 3: You will select a theme and create work based on the style of your chosen artists. Through investigation, exploration and manipulation of fibres you will create your own body of work.
  • Unit 4: Practical exam externally set by AQA.

Entry requirements

Generally, a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade B and 3 grade C, including English and Maths, but applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. For Textile Design you will also need an art/textiles portfolio to be presented at your guidance meeting.

Future opportunities

Many of our students have progressed onto the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or onto degrees in Fashion Design and Textile Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.