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Art and Design (Textiles) AS & A Level at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

The course involves printed, dyed and constructed textile design within Art and its application.


Course content

In Year 1 you will study Units 1 and 2 for an AS Level. In Year 2 you will take Units 3 and 4 to complete the full A Level.

Unit 1: Practical Coursework – Assessed by coursework

You will be encouraged to investigate the expressive nature of the formal elements of textile design, including colour, form, line, pattern, shape, texture and tone. All of these elements can be applied to Textiles and form an integral part of any artist / designer’s vocabulary. Any method of responding to these expressive Textile elements may be used, from photography and collage to paint, textile, printing, dyeing and construction.

You will be expected to develop a personal visual response to any starting point, which may be a set theme or one you choose yourself with advice from your teacher. Ideas should be well researched and form an integral part of your creative thinking. You will demonstrate in your research and working method an understanding of continuity and change in Textiles, in different traditions and cultures, styles and practices. You will make connections between the purpose of your own work and the working methods of others.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment - Assessed by preparatory work and an external timed exam

You will be given a title or theme from which you will develop your own personal response. There will be a preparatory period of approximately two months, in advance of an eight-hour examination period. During this period you will research and record ideas in your work journals.

Unit 3: Practical Work linked to a Personal Study – Assessed by coursework

You will be required to research, evaluate and analyse your own work in relation to that of other artists and designers. It will involve visiting exhibitions and galleries, and extensive research of theories of Art and Design. You will identify creative practical work, undertake investigative Textile research and develop a range of possible practical solutions that illustrate the development of your own visual language, showing sensitive use of materials and processes. Your work will include a personal written illustrated study of 1,000 - 3,000 words, which is relevantly linked to your practical work. The final work will generally be a written and illustrated dissertation of 1,000-3,000 words.

Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment - Assessed by preparatory work and an external timed exam

This is the culmination of the course. You will be given a theme to investigate during a preparatory period, in advance of a controlled test of 12 hours. This will give you the opportunity to show to what extent you now understand the formal elements of the textile processes and practices that you have used.


Entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at grade C or above to include English Language and Art (or Textiles Technology) 

Financial information

There will be a studio fee of £25 per year to cover the cost of a range of materials, workbooks, specialist papers and coursework books and folders.

Future opportunities

Our students progress onto a wide range of prestigious Arts universities nationwide, studying subjects such as Fine Art, Fashion and Textile Design, Photography, Animation and Graphic Design. Career development for students studying Textiles can be specifically related to fashion, the textile design industry, costume and theatre design and marketing.

Further information

The course is taught through a series of practical studio-based sessions, with an emphasis on individual tuition within a group structure. Specific textile crafts are taught and applied to individual work. The specialist Art Studio contains a textile print table, lino presses and batik / screen-printing facilities in an open plan environment, including an Art History and Design library seminar room with access to computers.

Most subjects combine well with Textiles. It is particularly suitable as an addition to Art and Design as a specialist choice, or Drama and Theatre Studies, Media Studies and Critical and Contextual Studies in Art at AS Level.

Group sizes vary according to the nature of the textile activity and specialist tuition required. You will be expected to purchase sketchbooks throughout the course. You will need to purchase a selection of individual drawing and painting materials for home / independent work and some textile materials.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016

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