A Level Art & Design: Textiles

“Every time that I wanted to give up, if I saw an interesting textile, print whatever, suddenly I would see a collection.” Anna Sui 

Course Description

Students will develop their design and making skills through a range of focused practical tasks.


The course aims to encourage learners to develop:

  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities
  • Aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
  • Independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes
  • An interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of art, craft and design
  • The experience of working with a broad range of media
  • Knowledge and experience of real world contexts and, where appropriate, links to the creative industries
  • Knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures

Component 1 – Personal investigation- 60% of the qualification

The Personal Investigation consists of two parts:

  • An in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance;
  • An extended written element of 1000 words minimum, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work using an appropriate working vocabulary and specialist terminology.

Component 2 – Externally set assignment – 40% of the qualification

The Externally Set Assignment consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: Preparatory study period - One of the stimuli set by the exam board should be selected and used as a starting point from which to produce a personal response.
  • Part 2: 15 hour period of sustained focus work. The final outcome must be completed in 15 hours and you must show how your planning relates to the outcome/s.

 Entry requirements

As well as the general entry requirements
for Sixth Form we would recommend that students applying for this course have a grade C or above in GCSE Textiles or Art and Design. You must, be self-motivated and able to complete work in your own time, showing growing independence in developing creative ideas and organising your own work

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