‘Art and Design textiles’, is a full coursework based units of work with only one internal written essay, all remaining units of work are practical based and all hands on approach.
Students have the opportunity to combine practical and creative skills to design and make products, which appeal to a range of consumers. Rigorous techniques are investigated and experimented with to help develop a unique product which could be functional or non-functional. They learn to use current technologies and skilfully combine and blend ideas in visual and other means. They learn to analyse existing designers, 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 products.
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.
Having the opportunity to study this subject enables students to learn essential practical skills which they can carry forward in life as well as developing knowledge and understanding of construction techniques and enhanced embellishment on a wide range of fabrics and with challenging combinations of materials and art, fabric media.
The very large Textiles room with a mezzanine offers excellent facilities for the teaching of textiles technology and art and design 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 or Grade 6 in a related subject.
Future Progressions and Careers
Foundation course in Art and Design – Higher National Diploma. Further textile related courses/degrees. Fashion designing, interior designing, freelance designing, teacher of technology with textiles specialism, retail manager, textiles technician, textiles research, market analyst, retail analyst, product manufacturing, seamstress.