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Textiles A Level at Cirencester College

Course description

This course is suited to students who have a particular interest in designing and making individual and original pieces of textiles for fashion, furnishing or fine art. You will be expected to research in depth and develop ideas on paper and fabric to evolve quality finished work.

Course content

Throughout the course, you will be able to take part in visits to galleries and exhibitions in order to gain a greater understanding of historical developments, cultural traditions, contemporary practice and the impact of new technologies within textiles. Recent visits have included Beckford Silk, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Clothes Show Live and the Knitting & Stitching Show. Opportunities to travel to Paris, Berlin, and the Venice Biennale have also been offered.

At the start of the course you will be given and introduction to a diverse range of textile materials, techniques and processes and given the opportunity to explore and develop new skills. The aim of this is to prepare you for a personal coursework project which will allow you to explore a theme or subject matter which is of personal interest to you. The project will integrate critical, practical and theoretical work and will run from December through to the end of April.

During the summer term, you will prepare for your Personal Investigation. This is a substantial self-directed coursework project which will be your main focus during the second year of the course.


Entry requirements

You will need either a GCSE grade C or a MERIT or DISTINCTION at BTEC Level 2  in an Art or Design subject to apply to this course.

What should I do if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you feel you have the ability and determination to undertake this course but for any reason do not meet our entry requirements please contact us to discuss your position.


Coursework and the controlled assignment exam are the assessment methods for this course.

Future opportunities

There is a wide range of careers that are related to this course. It is ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in:
• Textile design
• Fashion
• Costume design
• Clothing and textile technology
• Interior design
• Knitwear design
• Theatrical design
• Retail buyer
• Fashion journalism
• Fashion stylist
Many of our students pursue Higher Education after completing the course, studying on Art Foundation courses and Art and Design at Degree level. If you have a specific career in mind check entry requirements carefully before choosing courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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