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Level 3

Textile Design A-level

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Textile Design course offers the opportunity to develop skills over a broad range of textile and fashion techniques and applications, such as printing, weaving, knitting, mixed media, digital applications, surface design, embroidery and installation. Practical work is produced by researching and developing ideas using drawing, digital exploration, sketchbooks and work sheets, supported by critical evaluation and an awareness of contemporary and historical influences.

Textile Design course content:

• Fashion design

• Fashion textiles

• Costume design

• Digital textiles

• Printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials

• Domestic textiles, wallpaper

• Interior design

• Constructed textiles

• Art textiles

• Installed textiles

Drawing and other materials or processes.

At the core of any textile art and design related practice is drawing. Drawing is an essential

skill in the development process, from initial visual research, recording from primary sources, through to the translation of ideas into finished designs.

Contextual understanding and professional practice.

Students should incorporate contextual investigation and translation as inspirational starting points for their textiles development work. They will consider the work of others and use understanding gained to inform the progression of their own personal creativity. In addition it is important that students are aware of current trends in textile and fashion design and development in order to be aware of current trends.

When undertaking work in textile design, students will be required to engage with:

• A range of materials and tools used for textiles processes and, where appropriate, digital processes.

Approaches to textile design including the ways in which colour, texture and pattern evoke emotional responses.

• The application of textile design to the development of design ideas.

• The appropriateness of the chosen media and the ability to realise the full potential of their ideas through the techniques employed.

• Historical and contemporary themes and sources within the context of the chosen disciplines.

• A range of teaching and learning styles is used during the course. Group briefings, slide shows, practical demonstrations, research tasks, discussions, group and individual critiques.

• For much of the course you are working on individual, practical tasks or research based tasks.

• 1:1 support is available to all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 4 in English Language and a grade 4 in an Art based subject.

A general interest in other areas of art, design or interior design is an advantage and a particular interest in fashion, textiles fine art or sculpture is essential.

Any practical skills gained in GCSE Art and Design or Creative Textiles will be useful. The course focuses on the creation of textile surfaces that can be made into fashion or fine art outcomes. It is therefore not similar to GCSE DT Textiles although the ability to use a sewing machine and make garments could be useful, but is not essential.

The course will introduce new textile techniques assuming you have not used them before. This will also help you to build on previous knowledge

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

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HOW THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORKS

Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2

Apply

Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.

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