A Level Product Design: Textiles
This is an exciting course which will appeal to those that have a serious interest in fashion and textiles. Coursework adopts a portfolio approach where students undertake a range of mini design and make projects. Within these mini projects students will focus on: current designers and the history of fashion; industrial manufacturing issues; fabric manipulation; construction techniques and the development of design work through drawing and CAD (including fashion illustration). During the first year students also compile a research folder in preparation for one exam at the end of the year. They will investigate smart and modern materials, the properties of fabrics and current trends in the textiles market.
Research is carried out through a variety of media including product analysis, site visits, guest speakers, data collection, specialist magazines, books and digital photography.
The split between coursework and exams is currently 50%.
A passion for fashion and textiles
An interest in developing new and existing skills on the sewing machine
A readiness to engage in wider reading and background study
The ability to analyse, question and problem solve.
A commitment to putting in the time needed to produce good quality work
Where can it take me?
This is an ideal subject to study alongside Business Studies, Art or Science. Courses available at degree level include Fashion, Fashion Promotion, Fashion with Business, Performance Sportswear design, Millinery, Knitwear, Embroidery, Woven Textiles and Printed Textiles. Career opportunities include work in design studios producing knitwear, woven or printed textile design, buying and merchandising for large companies and department stores, interior styling and working freelance. Careers in this field often lead to work or business abroad.