A Level Textiles
Textiles allows A Level students to explore their creativity through a range of textile techniques including drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and fabrics. By the end of the course, students will have produced a portfolio of textile work. They will develop an understanding of real world contexts and the creative process in industries using textiles. They will also produce a 1,000 word thematic essay explaining the context in which their chosen practical portfolio exists.
What is Textiles?
Tutors offer practical advice or ideas to allow students to begin their exploration of the and then students develop an original and personal response to a theme, artist or idea. Tutors support the student as the work progresses offering a critical response and helping to establish what techniques will be employed to achieve an excellent final piece.
How is it studied?
Textiles is taught in small groups with an emphasis on guided practical work. Students will explore a range of genres including garments, fashion, accessories, soft furnishings, printed and/or dyed textiles, constructed textiles, textile installation, expressive textiles and digital textiles. Throughout the course emphasis is on the student’s own creative process, and visits to local and national art exhibitions are woven into the course to expose students to a range of styles.
How is A Level Textiles assessed?
|1||Personal Investigation that includes a portfolio of practical work and a written study of 1,000 words||60%||Portfolio and essay produced during course|
|2||Externally set task||40%||External Exam: 15 hours|
Exam Board: OCR
What do I need to study it?
Although Art or Textiles at GCSE or IGCSE would be helpful, it is not essential. Students need to possess some practical skills, although specific techniques are developed throughout the course. An interest in fabrics and an understanding of the practical issues involved in creating and using fabrics is a benefit.
What should I study with Textiles?
Textiles can be studied with any subject. Its nature means that it can expand any subject combination by offering a more creative approach and a practical course of study. It can support applications to Art degrees and Art Foundation courses.
What can I do with A Level Textiles?
Many students go on to Art degrees, Art Foundation courses, or courses in fashion and textiles. The one-year Foundation course builds on the A Level and allows students to explore a wider variety of artistic skills. You can also find applications for the skills learnt in textiles in a wide range of industries.
Questions about the course
Is Textiles an acceptable subject for access to top universities?
Textiles is useful if you are aiming for an Art degree. It is accepted by all universities, but you may need to combine it with less practical subjects if you are aiming to study a top academic subject.