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Art and Design (Textiles) - A-Level at Bristol Brunel Academy

Course description

Ever wanted to make your own fabrics, design your own prints and create unique fashion pieces? Textiles offers you opportunities to learn and develop a variety of exciting, creative & decorative techniques.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1a: Surface decoration Techniques In the first few months you will build up a sketch book of experimental textile surface embellishing, such as free machine embroidery, felting and dyeing.
Unit 1b: An independent choice of starting point that will develop your textile skills further to produce a creative outcome. 
Unit 2: 5 hour controlled Assignment. Own choice stimulus.

Year 2

Unit 3: Personal Investigation. A piece of research based on a textile theme of your choice; historical or Contemporary. Then produce an outcome of your choice using the textile or construction skills you have learnt. 
Unit 4: 15 hour Controlled Assignment. Own choice stimulus.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C at GCSE in either Textiles, Product Design or Art.

Minimum Academic Standard for Progression into Y13

Entry into Y13 is not automatic in CLF Post 16.

The majority of students will continue into Y13 dependent on the entry criteria for courses as outlined below:

For A levels, all students must attain a minimum academic standard of passing all subjects with at least two D grades for successful progression in to Y13.

Supportive statements from subject teachers confirming suitability for continued study at A level. Following receipt of AS results, students who have met the entry requirements will be offered a place in Y13.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements into Y13 will be given guidance about a change of study programme and relevant courses available. They will not be allowed to re-sit the same core learning aims (i.e. subjects) as they did in Y12.


Teacher assessed and externally moderated.

Future opportunities


Foundation Diploma in art & design. Fashion design, textile design, print design and interior design BA Hons courses.


Fashion designer; textile or print designer; fashion illustration; fashion or textile buyer; textile technologist; garment technologist; visual merchandiser; interior designer; home furnishing designer; independent designer; freelance designer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bristol Brunel Academy directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2015

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