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Textiles A Level at Lansdowne College

Course description

Textile Design is a versatile subject that involves working in a multidisciplinary way to produce creative ideas and concepts. These can be applied to various areas, including Textiles for Interiors, Fine Art Textiles and Fashion Textiles. Through studying this subject, students gain an understanding of textiles across different periods and cultures and are introduced to the diverse roles and functions of textiles in contemporary life. A foundation in Textiles provides students with many transferable skills and can lead to a wide range of career opportunities in the creative industries.

Course content

AS-Level:

Component 1 (Personal Investigation; 50% of overall mark)

This component introduces students to the subject and involves exploring textile materials, techniques and processes that can be applied to fabrics for different purposes. Students learn many new skills and investigate historical and contemporary aspects of the subject through studying the work of textile artists and designers. This helps their understanding of different world cultures and their influence on textile design. Visits to galleries and museums are an integral part of the course and students are encouraged to visit exhibitions independently. For this component, students are given a theme to develop under the guidance of their tutor and have the opportunity to pursue their preferred areas of interest.

Component 2 (Externally Set Assignment; 50% of overall mark)

The exam board sets a theme for students to respond to, and during the preparatory weeks, they are supported by their tutor. Using the knowledge, skills and processes learnt on the course, they research and develop their own ideas, culminating in a 10-hour exam where they produce a final outcome for assessment.

A-Level:

Component 1 (Personal Study and Personal Investigation; 60% of overall mark)

At A2 level, Component 1 is in two parts, comprising of a Personal Study (contextual research plus an essay with a minimum of 1,000 words in continuous prose) and a Personal Investigation. This is research and practical work that reflects students’ personal interests in the subject. It involves negotiating a suitable starting point with the tutor, who supports and guides students throughout.

Component 2 (Externally Set Assignment; 40% of overall mark)

The exam board sets a theme for students to respond to, and during the preparatory weeks, they are supported by the tutor. Using the knowledge, skills and processes learnt on the course, students research and develop their own ideas, culminating in a 15-hour exam where they produce a final outcome for assessment.

Assessment

For both AS- and A2-Level Textile Design, students’ work is internally assessed and externally moderated by a visiting examiner. Throughout the course students are given written and verbal feedback on their attainment, and work towards a realistic target grade based on their full potential.

Future opportunities

For students wishing to pursue Textile Design at a higher level, there are two main pathways:

  • Art Diploma (Foundation). This is an intensive multidisciplinary course for students wishing to identify the field of artistic study that they wish to pursue at university. It includes modules in 2D and 3D Visual Studies, Design for Communication, Applied Arts and Design, and Photography
  • Direct Entry into Higher Education. For students who are certain of their career direction within Textile Design, there are many specialist degree courses available across the country

Careers linked to Textile Design include all Applied Arts and Crafts, Costume and Theatre Design, Fashion Design and Business, Film and Television Production, and Interior Design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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