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Textiles A Level at The Whitstable School

Course description

This is an exciting and challenging Art based course which aims to encourage a personal approach to a variety of Textile pathways.Students will be assessed on their creative and technical ability and be expected to develop their work independently with teacher guidance and support.Throughout the course students will master a wide variety of textile media and techniques including felt-making,free- machine embroidery,printing,surface manipulation and constructed textiles.Students will have the option of working within a Fashion,Interiors or Fine Art Textiles direction suited to their interests and career aspirations The work of artists and designers will be explored in relation to students own work,developing analytical and critical understanding

Course content

Within their portfolio units students will decide on their own suitable project theme to encourage ownership and a high level of motivation.Themes will be explored independently and developed in a personal way.

Students will explore relevant contemporary and historical artists and designers work in any appropriate textile field including,fashion,costume,interior design or fine art.Ideas for projects will begin with observational drawing and design work using a variety of media with a focus on experimentation,pattern and texture.

Drawings and ideas will develop into textile samples mastering a huge range of textile skills and techniques informed by the student's interests and approaches.

Students will translate their sketchbook sampling into sophisticated and innovative final textile pieces in the area of fashion,interior design or gallery pieces.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Unit 1-Non exam Portfolio 60% Internally and externally assessed.

Work is based on a chosen  theme and requires reseach on related artists,sketchbook work,preparatory studies and final work.The portfolio is marked across four assessment objectives with a total mark of 96.Studnets also submit an essay (1000-3000 words) based on contextual studies related to their practical project

Entry requirements

It is recommended that students have achieved an A-C in an Art GCSE or equivalent,preferably Art Textiles.

If students have not studied Art at Key stage 4 they may be permitted to follow the course if they provide a portfolio to demonstrate suitable artistic ability and motivation to succeed in the course.

Assessment

Unit 1 A2 -Non exam portfolio-The portfolio is marked across four assessment objectives with a total mark of 96 (50%)

Unit 2-Externally Set Assignment-An externally set project that will have an emphasis on the development of ideas.A choice of questions will be used as a starting point for a personal project.A supervised practical exam of 15 hours will take place at the end of the project (96 marks,(50%)

Future opportunities

Throughout the course students develop a portfolio of work that will allow them to secure places on university and art college courses.Many students have moved on to degree level courses in Fashion and Textiles and students have also followed the standard pathway to an Art & Design Foundation Course to persue a career in many areas of Art and Design.

This course can lead to career opportunities in the broad field of Art and Design,for example:Textiles Designer,Fashion Marketing,Fashion Merchandising,Fashion Consultant,Costume Designer,Interior Designer,Graphic Designer,Digital and Media,Film and Animation.

Many students have achieved the highest grades in the past which has supported their university applications in non related fields gaining them sufficent UCAS points to gain first choice places.

This course can be great preparation for any career that requires fine motor skills,presentation skills,organisation skills,independence,an eye for aesthetics and creative thinking.Students will develop skills that are increasingly sought after.

Further information

Mrs Connell Curriculum Leader sconnell@ccw.kent.sch.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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