A Level Fashion & Textiles

A Level Fashion & Textiles

Staff, Teaching & Learning

Code: 60144567/3650

"Design is everything. Everything!"

Paul Rand

This course will offer an exciting opportunity to embrace textile, fashion and design, looking at the design industry from an artist's perspective.

It will introduce you to the contemporary approach of the industry and encourage you to flourish as a potential textile designer, looking at a variety of techniques.

You will combine your practical work with theory, research, and presentation skills, enabling you to develop fully as a budding designer

Who is the course for?

A level Textiles is a dynamic and exciting subject area that will appeal to students who are interested in fashion, textiles, costume and interiors. This course enables you to develop your creativity in textiles and fashion, allowing you to experiment with many different processes, such as freehand machine embroidery and screen-printing, whilst building a portfolio of work that will enable you develop your skills as a designer. All techniques and skills are taught through practical demonstrations; therefore no experience of textiles at GCSE is required.

What does it include?

You will be taught through workshop-based methods and will approach the A level working through units such as:

  • Line, tone and colour
  • Fashion/illustration
  • Machine sewing/embroidery and embellishment in response to art history
  • Batik and dying processes
  • Screen printing
  • Pattern cutting for professional dressmaking.

You will be taught by enthusiastic and supportive staff who have many years' experience in contemporary textile and surface design. We actively encourage studying current trends in fashion and textiles, examining contemporary practitioners, and produce creative and experimental garments and textiles. Our students enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to have the freedom to experiment, develop their skills as a designer, and explore options in many different media using conventional and unconventional processes. You will learn how to gather imagery to inspire you to create textile work or garments.

During the course you, along with your fellow students, will take part in several exhibitions, be taught by some of the North West leading creative practitioners and have the opportunity to visit museums, galleries and exhibitions in the North West, London, Paris and New York.

Alongside specialist topics you will also work on projects that develop your time management skills, research abilities and factual writing skills. These transferable skills are relevant to all areas of textiles and will prepare you for both higher education and the world of work.

How long does it take to complete?

2 years

What qualifications do I need?

You will need to present a satisfactory portfolio, interviews will be held for you to showcase this.

What does it include?

This course will provide learners with a coherent and enriching curriculum that will provide them with the academic, social and employability skills to progress to apprenticeships, higher education or employment.

The content of the study programme is designed to broaden the learner experience beyond the main qualification of study.

All learners will engage and work with industry as part of their course. You will undertake personal development activities which will include work experience and self-directed projects.

What qualifications do I need?

You will need to present a satisfactory portfolio, interviews will be held for you to showcase this.

What award will I achieve?

A Level Textiles

Examining/Validating Body


What can I do next?

Students can progress onto higher education, apprenticeships or employment, either within industry or freelance.

Textiles careers include:

The number of careers that a textile qualification can lead to is endless and includes printmaker, textile designer, art therapist, costume designer, digital designer, fashion design assistant, fashion designer, Illustrator, Interior designer, Prop maker, Set designer, Tattooist, Textile designer, Visual merchandiser, Web designer

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