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Art and Design: Textile Design A Level at Lady Manners School

Course description

Learners are required to work in one or more area(s) of Textile Design such as:

  • Garments/fashion
  • Accessories
  • Soft furnishings
  • Printed and/or dyed textiles
  • Constructed textiles
  • Textile installation
  • Expressive textiles
  • Digital textiles

Combinations of these areas are also possible.

Course content

The beginning of the first year will be devoted to the learning of skills and techniques. Later on candidates will produce work in response to design briefs, often one word stimuli. Designs will be developed from observational drawings of first hand sources, photographs and mixed media experiments, eventually realised into Art works.

In Year 13 students will work more independently, generating their own starting points, focusing their work on their particular personal strengths and investigating their chosen field. This must include a related 3000 word essay and final practical realisations that show considered personal responses.

Entry requirements

Minimum C grade at GCSE in an Art discipline.


Personal Investigation – 60%

Externally-set Task – 40%

  • Practical examinations will take place in both years. (Year 12 will be mock exams).
  • Students will choose a stimulus / question from an OCR set paper and will have approximately 12 school weeks preparation time. A resulting piece of practical work will then be executed under examination conditions within a 15 hour period.

Future opportunities

This course provides strong preparation for Art Foundation College courses and Degree courses in Fashion, Interior Design and general Art and Design courses. As this A Level has an academic element, it is also useful for entry to a wide range of degree courses.

Art and Design: Textiles also provides extensive opportunities to develop creative thinking, problem solving and vision – all skills highly valued by employers and Further Education and Higher Education providers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lady Manners School directly.

Last updated date: 20 January 2017

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