Art and Design textiles is a practical coursework based subject with one short internal written essay. Students undergo an initial workshop based learning programme to develop more practical Textiles skills and then focus on developing their own Personal Investigation portfolios of evidence throughout Year 12 and the Autumn term of Year 13. This can be constructed in any format, from sketchbooks, design sheets through to digital and virtual portfolios. These investigations culminate in the final construction of textile outcomes utilising selected materials that are appropriate to student’s investigations and experiments. The final unit is externally set in the January of Year 13, where students select from a choice of Exam board questions. This is then researched and prepared in advance of a timed practical construction project which takes place across a 15 hour supervised time period.
Students create practical evidence to meet the four assessment objectives: Contextual understanding, reflective recording, creative making and personal presentation.
Students have the opportunity to combine practical and creative skills to design and make textile outcomes. Rigorous techniques are investigated and experimented with to help develop a unique textile outcome which could be functional or non-functional. Students learn to use current technologies and skilfully combine and blend ideas in visual and other means. They learn to analyse existing designers and artists and draw upon contemporary styles and media to enhance their final product through 2D or 3D form. They respond with mixed media ideas which combine a range of in-depth fabric embellishment techniques, challenging expectations where appropriate. Students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of materials.
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and to cultivate effective study skills. The aim is to develop lively and enquiring minds and give students the self-confidence to fulfil their potential. Integrated practical tasks allow students to explore rigorously and extend their prior knowledge of fabric embellishment to an advanced and challenging level. Theoretical research and constructive analysis provides a firm foundation for students to design, develop, plan and manufacture artistic and innovative outcomes which are unique to student’s personalised programmes of study.
Having the opportunity to study this subject enables students to learn essential practical skills which they can carry forward in life. Students develop knowledge and understanding of construction techniques and develop enhanced embellishment techniques as well as developing an awareness of Textiles issues within the wider community.
The large Textiles room with a mezzanine level offers excellent facilities for the teaching of textiles with large working areas and extensive equipment and resources available to all students. Colour fabric printing facilities, computerised CAD CAM sewing machines, over lockers and embellishing machines are just some of the technologies available to students of textiles.
The four criteria’s are as follows. Contextual understanding, reflective recording, creative making and personal presentation are key elements of the A Level Art and Design Textiles course. Final unit is externally set, researched and prepared in advance of a timed practical unsupervised invigilated piece of work.
Increased integrated practical tasks allow students to explore rigorously and extend their prior knowledge of fabric embellishment to an advanced and challenging level. Theoretical research and constructive analysis provides a firm foundation for students to design, develop, plan and manufacture artistic and innovative products which are much personalised.
Work is to be demonstrated through a range of sketchbooks, portfolios and a personal approach is most favourable for assessment.
Grade 6 in Textiles, Art or a related subject.
Future Progressions and Careers
Foundation / HND/ degree course in Textiles Art and Design. Creative Apprenticeship. Careers such as; Fashion designer, interior designer, freelance designer, costume designer, teacher textiles, retail manager, merchandiser, textiles researcher, market analyst, retail analyst, product manufacturer, seamstress.