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A Level

Art & Design: Textile Design


What could this course lead to?

Foundation art course or degree courses in Art/Textiles/Fashion/Theatre and Film Costume/Product Design related subjects. Former students have gone on to university courses in Fashion, Textiles Print and Weave, Fashion Journalism, Fashion and Retail Management and Women’s Wear Technology.

GCSEs required

Students embarking on this course preferably should have some artistic abilities but it is not necessary to have studied Textiles at GCSE Level.

What will I be studying?

In studying textile design you will develop effective skills in handling textile materials and media and an appreciation of different techniques and processes. You will gain confidence in your abilities to express yourself creatively through textiles and to make aesthetic judgements.

AS Controlled Assignment: One starting point from early release question paper. Three weeks minimum to prepare. Ten hours of controlled time to work on producing an outcome.

A Level Personal Investigation: one major project of personal significance, including a related study of 1000 to 3000 words.

Controlled Assignment: as AS, with 15 hours of controlled time.

Are there any trips or extracurricular activities linked to this course?

Visits to museum and galleries, local artists and designers:

  • The Fashion Museum, Bath, to study fashion history and fashion study sessions at the Fashion Research Centre and the Fashion Library. Knitting and Stitching Show Alexandra Palace.
  • V&A Museum, London, to study fashion history and special exhibitions as they occur, to explore international textiles in the international galleries.
  • Bristol Art Gallery and Museum to explore international themes for textiles study.
  • Visit to “Knitting and Stitch” exhibition at NEC, Birmingham.
  • The Clothes Show Live exhibitions to view fashion shows and college students’ work.
  • Somerset Arts Weeks and North Somerset Arts Weeks.

What benefits does this subject have for university entrance?

This subject is useful for students applying to study a foundation art course or degree courses in art/textiles/fashion/product design related subjects. It is useful where a course of further study might include “fine motor skills”, e.g. dentistry, surgery. It provides the opportunity to develop the capacity to work independently.

What skills or learning approach do I need for this subject?

A creative, investigative and experimental approach is encouraged to find expression through textiles.

How is it examined?

Since September 2015 AS has been fully recognised as a complete qualification in its own right. All units are internally marked by centers and externally moderated by OCR.

AS Stand Alone Qualification:

A LEVEL Units:
Personal Investigation: 120/200 of total
Advanced Level marks.
Controlled Assignment: 80/200 of total
Advanced Level marks.

Will I need to do coursework?

At AS there is the coursework portfolio: work is produced from starting points or themes determined by the centre. The portfolio can comprise a single, sustained project or a number of smaller projects.
At A Level there is the personal investigation: one major project of personal significance, including a related study of 1000 to 3000 words.

What syllabus do you follow?

OCR A/S A Level Art & Design: Textile Design.
(H164 & H564) www.ocr.org.uk

Examination method: Portfolio and assignment

Coursework: Yes.

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