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Textiles (Art & Design) AS/A2 Level at Alexandra Park School

Course description

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This will be integral to the investigating and making process. The responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. Students will explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students will use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to underpin their work where appropriate.


Course content


Students are required to work in two areas of Textile Design.

• Fashion

• Printed and/or dyed fabric and materials

Skills and Techniques

Students will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following; Awareness of the elements of Textile Design, such as shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and/or repetition. Appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief. Understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as fabric printing (mono-printing, relief printing and/or screen printing), tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer and fabric construction and stitching (appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or embroidery).

Knowledge and Understanding

Students will show knowledge and understanding of; How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area(s) of Textile Design. Historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres. How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created. • Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to Textile Design. The working vocabulary and specialist terminology which is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Textile Design.

Entry requirements

A grade ‘B’ or above is preferred at GCSE in Textiles and or Art. A grade C in art or design GCSE is a requirement for all students.



The AS is a one year course consisting of two modules.

The full A level is gained by completing 4 modules assessed in the second year.

Future opportunities

Students may choose to embark upon an art or fashion foundation course. University of the Arts (Central St Matins, London College of Communication, Chelsea, Camberwell, Wimbledon, London College of Fashion) is world famous. From this stage students select a specialist subject area to complete their full degree. So, if you are interested in becoming a clothes, textiles and or product designer or any profession that involves any kind of design work – this is the course for you.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alexandra Park School directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016
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    • Alexandra Park School is a thriving and dynamic school which boasts excellent examination results and an outstanding curriculum experience in both the main school and the sixth form. The school is situated on a beautiful five-acre site adjacent to Durnsford Park within sight of Alexandra Palace. The school was opened in 1999 with the aim of creating a great comprehensive school at the heart of the community. We have become that great local school offering top-class education alongside a wealth of opportunities.