Six GCSEs 9-4, two from English, Maths OR Science
Two at least grade 6
Specific requirements for Textiles & Fashion: – GCSE Art grade 9-4 is preferable
However, students who have a keen interest in the subject but do not have an art-related GCSE are also welcome to apply. You will be required to show examples of your work at enrolment; please speak to a member of the art department staff team for details.
A Level Textile and Fashion is an art-based subject with an emphasis on creativity and innovation. Projects are de- vised to help students understand the fundamental process of design through research, sampling and developing ideas into unique and exciting outcomes.
Students can participate in a range of extra-curricular events and activities to experience the subject in a context beyond the classroom. Last year textiles students visited the Dior exhibition at the V&A, London and had the oppor- tunity to attend the bi-annual departmental trip to New York. At the end of each year, students celebrate what they have achieved by collaborating with photography and media students to create a fashion shoot and film featuring garments made by students.
Opportunities to enter national competitions and exhibit work offsite are continually offered for which we have had much success in recent years. Students can also apply to undertake roles of responsibility in the department such as Subject Ambassador or become a member of the Art Collective.
Percentage of total mark: 60% of total A Level
Learners should produce two elements:
Percentage of total mark: 40% of total A Level
Learners will respond to an externally set task which will provide a number of starting points. A response will be based on one of these options.
Students will experiment with a range of materials and techniques, including embroidery, fabric manipulation, printing, dyeing and digital design to create interesting surface patterns and textures that can be developed into gar- ments, accessories, functional objects or pieces of art in relation to a set or chosen theme.
This subject would appeal to students who are interested in careers in fashion design, textile design, fine art, interior textile design, costume and theatre design and other related careers such as fashion marketing, styling, journalism, communication, promotion and business
I really enjoyed textiles over these last two years. I have developed new skills and techniques that have enabled me to create my own style. Everything I have learnt will benefit me at University.
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