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Textiles A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Ashbourne Independent School

Course description

This is arguably one of the most interesting times to study textiles.

  • Consumers are no longer dictated to, nor slavishly follow, a handful of haute couture fashion figures. Today anything goes and emerging new talents are a constant feature of the London fashion world.
  • The industry’s impact on the environment is now well known; cotton manufacturing is one of the most polluting industries of all. The fashion industry’s efforts to minimise that damage have resulted in exciting new fabrics from new, man-made, “intelligent” fibres.
  • A global recession and an emphasis on recycling mean vintage clothing has been pushed to the forefront and with it a renewed appreciation for historical colours, prints and designs.
  • Globalisation, cheap travel and easy communication facilities mean the exchange of ideas and inspirations has never been easier or faster. The study of textiles is exciting and challenging. Students work with a range of different materials and produce original, experimental work, whether printing on silk or knitting with bin bags. They are encouraged to look at textiles and fashions from different periods and cultures and interpret those designs using a repertoire of different techniques and processes.

The study of textiles is exciting and challenging. Students work with a range of different materials and produce original, experimental work, whether printing on silk or knitting with bin bags. They are encouraged to look at textiles and fashions from different periods and cultures and interpret those designs using a repertoire of different techniques and processes.

As there is no specific A Level in Fashion or Interior Design, Textiles is an excellent choice for students interested in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Textile Art, Fashion Journalism, Styling, Fashion Retailing, Costume Design for Theatre and Film and/or Fashion Illustration. It combines well with the other art related A levels offered at Ashbourne, namely Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography. The following areas are available for study, either separately or in a combination of your choice:

  • Fashion
  • Printed and/or dyed fabric and materials
  • Domestic textiles and wallpaper
  • Interior Design
  • Constructed Textiles
  • Textiles as Fine Art

Course content

There are four units; two at AS and two at A2.

Over the two-year period, students will study:

  • the basic elements of design including: shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, scale, proportion, contrast and repetition
  • the relationship between form and function
  • design work from different historical periods and cultures
  • life drawing
  • how to research the contextual work relevant to their coursework theme
  • a variety of textile methods including monoprinting, relief printing, heat transfer printing, tie-dye, batik, silk painting, dyeing, stencilling, spraying, embellishing, stitching, felting, appliqué, patchwork, quilting, weaving, knitting and embroidery
  • basic sewing and pattern drafting skills.

Entry requirements

Ashbourne aims to attract students with good character and solid academic achievements. The college takes great care with admissions and interviews each applicant. The interview is friendly, informal and without obligation.

Assessment

Unit 1:

AS unit 1 is portfolio of work on a theme set by the centre that concentrates on the development of different textile techniques. Research and contextual work are included. The unit, as are all four units, is marked by the centre and the grades confirmed by the AQA exam board.

Unit 2:

AS unit 2 builds on the knowledge gained in unit 1. The coursework theme is externally set by AQA. It includes research and contextual work and finishes with related developmental work produced in supervised conditions over a 5-hour period. The unit is marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Unit 3:

A2 unit 3 is a personal investigation of a theme chosen by the student and supported by a written essay of 1000-3000 words. The unit is marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Unit 4:

A2 unit 4 is an externally set assignment with a theme chosen from a selection presented by AQA. A final piece, a culmination of all that has been learned in unit 4 is produced in timed conditions over a 15-hour period. The unit is marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Future opportunities

Our textile students go on to prestigious art colleges, including the London College of Fashion, Central St Martins, Ravensbourne, University of the Creative Arts, Kingston, Chelsea and the Istituto Marangoni. Successful textile students can pursue careers in Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Interior Design, Textile Design, Surface Design, Styling, Shoe Design, Costume for Theatre & Film, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Retailing and Marketing.

Further information

Students wishing to study Textiles, Fine Art, Graphics and/or Photography may need to produce a portfolio of relevant work, and be prepared to discuss it with teachers in the Art Department. Because Art and Design A levels require students to produce a large quantity of work, they are usually unsuitable courses for completion in one year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashbourne Independent School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2016

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