AQA A Level Textiles at The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus
Why study Textiles?
Interested in a career in Interior or Fashion design? Textiles is a versatile subject that involves experimenting with a wide range of techniques and processes.Textile Designers are expected to work in a multi-disciplinary way to create ideas. These include Fashion Textiles (specialist areas might include fashion and clothing , accessories or innovative clothing for theatre or film). Textiles for Interiors (fabrics, wallpapers, upholstery, bed linens and curtains or more generally as surface designers for packaging, greetings cards and wrapping paper). Fine Art Textiles (a form of personal expression using mixed media constructions, tapestries, soft sculptures, wall hangings and installations).
During your Textiles A Level you will develop a wide range of skills. You will explore different techniques and combine a variety of hand and digital processes including; screen printing, sublimation printing, hand dying, resist dying, block printing, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, applique, reverse applique, fabric manipulation & computer aided design using Photoshop and Illustrator. You will also learn pattern cutting and garment construction skills which will enable you to create exciting final outcomes. To support classroom learning, you will visit galleries, museums and craft exhibitions, receive visits from Textiles Practitioners as well as having the opportunity to undertake work placements and prepare you for progression.
Stage 1 – personal investigation
This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials. The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.
Stage 2 - Externally set assignment
Separate question papers will be provided for each title. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers in February of year two.
Preparatory period – from 1 February
Supervised time – 15 hours
Students applying for the an A Level in Art should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare a Portfolio along with a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made.
Successful college interview
A portfolio of work
Component 1 : Personal investigation
No time limit
60% of A-level
Component 2: Externally set assignment
Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time
40% of A-level
You can get financial support to help you with your chosen College courses if you’re aged 16-19 and fit certain criteria.
Vulnerable Student Bursary
This is a bursary worth up to £1200, depending on your circumstances and benefits. You must be:
- Under 19 at the start of the academic year you want a bursary for
- Studying at a School or College, or an unpaid training course
AND at least 1 of the following applies:
- You’re in, or recently have left, Local Authority case
- You get Income Support of Universal Credit in your name
- You’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP in your name.
If you’re a parent, you will also need to be living away from your own parents to qualify. You will get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks.
All applications will be treated with complete confidence.
Discretionary Bursary Fund
The Creative and Media Studio School also has a Discretionary Bursary Fund. The criteria for this fund is set by us.
How can this help me?
This fund is for Students who are facing genuine financial barriers to participating in education. Its aim is to help with essentials and is not a cash payment, but a payment in kind for particular items needed. Typical ways this fund has been used by the Studio School includes
- Bus passes to and from College, where the distance travelled justifies this
- Specialist course equipment
- Costs incurred for placements and business engagement opportunities
- Transports and fees for course events/trips/university visits
- Transports and fees for enrichment events offered, or arranged, by the Studio School which could benefit the student’s progression routes
As a Studio School we have a duty to ensure all funds are awarded fairly to students most in need, therefore, all applications cannot be guaranteed. We ask that all students are:
- Are under 19 years at the start of the year the bursary is needed for
- Have at least 90 % attendance
- Are meeting expectations for good behaviour and progress
- Are in receipt of Free School Meals
Students who received Free School Meals do not automatically receive them at Post 16. Applications to the Local Authority must be made by the parents. We urge parents to make an application for FSM if this was the case at High School OR if your family circumstances have changed recently. To apply for FSM, please contact Kirklees Local Authority on 01484 221928, stating that your child is on roll at the Creative and Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus and you would like to discuss FSM with the relevant department.
How to apply:
Application Forms to the Discretionary Bursary Fund can be collected from Angela Shufflebottom or the main NLC School Admin Office. Please fill in the form, ensuring you:
- Meet the above eligibility criteria
- Complete the application form answering all the questions in full – don’t forget to sign it
- Attach the evidence as indicated on the application form (original evidence is required which will be photocopied and returned to you)
Ask your child to hand in the application form, with evidence, to Angela Shufflebottom at the Studio School main office.
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.