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Textile Design A-Level at The Clarendon Academy

Course description

Module 1: Personal Investigation Coursework – 60%

This is a practical investigation supported by written material.

Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme that is discussed and agreed with the teaching staff.

Working to this brief students can expect to investigate visual material, historical and contemporary examples of work, whilst all the time honing, refining and improving all aspects of their creative and technical skills in an ever widening range of traditional and contemporary textile mediums and approaches.

One or more areas of Textile design may be explored: fashion design, fashion textiles, costume textiles, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabric and materials, domestic textiles and wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles, installed textiles. All will be explored as part of the first year’s work.

As part of this personal study students are required to produce a supporting essay of no less than 2000 words that further supports their chosen avenue of investigation.

All work is required to be presented and exhibited prior to marking.

Module 2: Externally Set Unit Assignment – 40%

This paper is set by the board and gives students the opportunity to select one of eight possible themes. Students are required to select one and through any suitable format produce a series of developmental and exploratory work relating to this chosen theme. Following this preparatory period students must complete a 15 hour unaided exam, realising a finish or series of finished outcomes informed by their preparatory work.

All work is required to be presented and exhibited at the same time as the coursework prior to marking.

Students are expected to display the culmination of their years’ work in a formal gallery situation prior to its assessment.

Career Pathways

Textiles can be used as the necessary design qualification to gain access onto design oriented courses in colleges and universities, particularly Fashion Design, Interior Design or Textiles. This course will lead to a wide variety of careers that could be pursued; Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Interior Design, Styling, Buying, Textile Design.

Entry requirements

In the first year of the Sixth Form, students are expected to follow at least 3 subjects. Most will choose 4.

A minimum of 5 grade Cs are required to undertake A Levels and a grade B is recommended in your chosen subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Clarendon Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years