Art Textiles A Level (OCR) at The High School for Girls
This exciting and challenging course encourages students to build on their artistic skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at GCSE. This year is diverse, and will introduce you to an imaginative program of study through a variety of creative workshops. Students will develop their intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers, through a series of practical units. They will demonstrate their ability and aesthetic understanding through visual studies and drawing, which will provide the means for exploring ideas with a broad range of techniques. Many of these techniques will include fabric printing, stitching, relief printing, batik and wax works, transfer techniques and mixed media textiles. Fundamental ideas about colour, pattern, texture, image and form, together with technical and practical hands-on making skills are developed in a wide range of disciplines that will enable exciting outcomes which could include expressive textiles, garments/fashion, accessories, soft furnishings, printed and/or dyed textiles, constructed textiles, textile installation or digital textiles. Students will develop their independence of mind by developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and personal outcomes. Students will develop their own individual and creative flair through producing an exciting portfolio. Through the experience of working with a broad range of media, students can develop a high level of knowledge and skills that include critical, contextual and analytical understanding, enhancing their ability to access further or higher education or enter the workplace.
Students should have achieved a Grade B in Art Textiles or an Art or Design related subject at GCSE. A strong portfolio will also be viewed for suitability. High levels of motivation and creativity are essential; students are expected to undertake a considerable amount of independent study.
Assessment includes a portfolio of practical work and a related study which explores the context in which your chosen area of study exists.
Many transferable skills are developed during the course: critical understanding, independence, problem solving, good communication and time management. Students may progress from A Level Art Textiles to an Art & Design Foundation course, or a degree course in the specialised field of Art & Design, Textiles Design, Product Design, Fashion and Architecture and many more. Alternatively, Art Textiles is recognised by universities for entry to a degree course in a wide range of disciplines. Textile designers are hugely influential in both fashion and the design of fabric for interiors. It is they who inspire these industries and help mould the future of our clothing and both work and home environments. With this discipline students can enter a wide range of careers including studio designers or makers/artists, stylists, buyers, marketing officers, freelance designers and many more.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The High School for Girls directly.