"I chose textiles because it allows me to express my creative side. I am unsure of what I want to study at university so by OSFC allowing me to choose 4 subjects it has allowed me to discover something new that I am passionate about. It is 100% coursework so it is a break from writing essays. I am really enjoying the subject so far because you can decide how you want to present your work either by drawings, watercolor or monoprinting. The staff are really supportive and are always willing to go the extra mile when helping you out."
I am really enjoying the subject so far because you can decide how you want to present your work either through drawings, watercolor or monoprinting. The staff are really supportive and are always willing to go the extra mile when helping you out.
Textiles (A Level)
- Year 1 & 2
- Exam board
- Specific entry requirements
A minimum grade 4 in an Art subject at GCSE is required. Exceptions may be made for able students who can supply a portfolio of work at enrolment.
What Will You Learn?
Have you always wanted to know how to make clothing or decorative products? Do you enjoy art, learning new techniques and being hands-on? Then this course is for you.
No prior making or designing experience is required, as all of the skills and techniques you will need to use will be introduced on the course, however the ability to draw is expected. You will work with a wide range of materials and processes and have the opportunity to explore both wearable design and decorative surfaces. You will ultimately learn how to work through a process of research, design and making, which will result in original pieces of work.
- The Introductory Project:
You will learn all you need to know to successfully work through fashion and textile making and design processes. You will be guided through how to create your own sample pieces by demonstration of a wide range of techniques, influenced by designer work and existing products. You will be led into gaining research skills (including photography and drawing) to collate a body of visual work based on a theme you will choose, that will allow you to create your own fashion or textile designs. Following this, you will then go on to make your own final product.
- Externally Set Task
You will use all the knowledge you have gained from the Introductory Project to choose one starting point theme set by the exam board. You will then work through the design process to produce preparatory work by researching, planning and developing your ideas. Following this, you will go on to work through the 10 hours of supervised time to produce a practical piece, which can be fashion or textile based.
- Personal Investigation
You will use all of the knowledge you have gained from Year 1 and put this together by selecting your own theme to develop your work through research, design and making processes to produce your own portfolio of work.
You will also produce a written component, a related study, which will compliment your portfolio of work.
- Externally Set Task
You will choose one starting point from a number set by the exam board. You will then work through the design process to produce preparatory work by researching, planning and developing your ideas. Following this, you will go on to work through the 15 hours of supervised time to produce a practical piece which can be fashion or textile based.
You’ll have the opportunity to go on a range of trips. For example, past students have visited galleries in London and Manchester.
Where Will This Lead?
Textiles is a useful course for HE courses and careers in all areas of art, design and crafts, such as fashion and textiles, fashion design, costume design, fashion buying, fashion marketing, fashion styling, embroidery operation, millinery and wallpaper design. You will also develop a range of transferable and confidence building skills, including critical thinking and discussion and the ability to respond to a concept or idea with independence.