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Art and Design Textiles at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

This popular A Level is a practical course that allows you to be as creative as you want to be.  During the course you will experience a whole range of different media, techniques and processes.  From charcoal to computers, you just can't have enough ideas when it comes to expressing yourself.  The emphasis in this course is learning by doing, so you'll be able to create imaginative personal work.  During the course you will create a technical file taking inspiration from artists, designers and crafts people.  Complete a portfolio of coursework, the focus for the work will be a personal response.  In addition to this you will write a log alongside the personal investigation ranging from 1000-3000 words.  For the externally-set assignment you will create ideas in response to one of the exam boards eight exciting starting points that you will be given. 

Textile Advice and Guidance

Grading system A* to C at A Level.

This specification is designed to be taken over two years with both assessments submitted at the end.

The A Level option is for students who are firmly committed to this level of learning and who have ambitions to study Textiles in HE and FE.

Course content

What will I learn at A Level?

  • A huge range of art based textile techniques
  • High level pattern development and drafting
  • Exploring visual language
  • Researching and developing resources
  • Exploring personal responses to given and own themes
  • Creative use of visual media
  • How to select research and inspiration from contemporary and historical sources
  • Fashion illustration
  • Analytical skills
  • Digital enhancement of print and pattern
  • Use of new technologies


Entry requirements

Grade A-C or Level 9-5 at GCSE Design and Technology, a passion for textiles.  You need to be creative, imaginative and be able to work independently.


How will I be assessed at A Level?

Component 1:  Personal Investigation

  • Focus of the investigation must be identified independently and must lead to a finished outcome.
  • Personal investigation - diary/log from 1000-3000 words.
  • The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists.
  • Include a bibliography.
  • 96 Marks
  • 60% of total A Level

Component 2:  Externally Set Assignment

  • 8 questions set by the exam board - you choose.
  • Supervised exam time of 15 hours.
  • 96 Marks
  • 40% of total A Level
  • You respond to the question and provide evidence of an ability to work independently within time constraints.

Future opportunities

Being creative is the big thing.  Every good company realises that creativity and good design are important factors in generating new business, so your creativity isn't just a way of satisfying your artistic soul, it can open the door to exciting career opportunities.  Many of our students go on to complete art foundation courses and then a degree in their specialist area.  This then enables them to work in one of the many areas of the creative industry; Fashion and Textile Design, Surface Pattern Design, Interior Design, Fashion Buyer/Management, Freelance Designer, Visual Merchandiser, Theatre Costume.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

  • Problem solving
  • Pattern drafting
  • Presentation skills
  • Communication skills
  • The ability to work to deadlines
  • Commercial and entrepreneurial skills
  • The ability to use your initiative and work independently
  • Team working skills
  • Visual and spatial awareness
  • General and speciailst IT skills, such as computer-aided design (CAD)


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: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 20