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Level 3

Textile Design A-level


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.


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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