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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code TEX-AL (2022)
  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4+/C+ or above, including English Language and an Art & Design subject. Those who have not studied a GCSE Art & Design subject must be able to demonstrate interest and ability through a visual portfolio that may include work in a variety of media, as well as observational drawing.

    If you have an interest in colour, pattern, shape, form, texture and decoration then this will provide an excellent basis from which you can explore and develop your enjoyment of textiles through art, craft and design.

  • What does the course involve?

    You will be inspired by visits to exhibitions and museums, learn how to develop ideas and apply techniques and processes to develop outcomes that may include fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and constructed textiles, domestic textiles, interior design, art textiles and installed textiles.

    Year 1: Skill Building and Portfolio Development.
    You will use a wide range of textile media, materials and techniques to develop your confidence in investigating ideas, learning many new skills about colour, texture, design, pattern and scale as well as using specialist textile equipment. You will be challenged to experiment with textile media such as machine embroidery, fabric manipulation, knit, crochet, weaving, hand stitch, applique, collage, screen printing, heat transfer techniques, garment construction, and mono printing. You will use a sketchbook to develop your work and also produce pieces outside of this format where appropriate, in many different scales.

    Year 2: Personal Investigation (Component 1) and External Set Assignment (Component 2).
    You will build on knowledge and skills learnt in Year 1 and work with a more independent and personal approach. You must also produce a personal written investigation of up to 3000 words that will support your practical textile work.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Personal investigation (Component 1) is 60% of the overall A Level grade. The remaining 40% will be derived from the Externally Set Assignment (Component 2), given in February with a period of research to develop ideas, followed by a 15 hour exam to produce a finished textile outcome.

  • Additional Notes

    Progression can include Art Foundation or direct entry onto courses including, Fashion and Textile Design, Fashion Promotion and Marketing, Costume and Theatre Design and Interior Design.

  • Further Information

    You will have the opportunity to attend “Create Your Future” a UCAS Art and Design Convention in Manchester, to find out about all creative courses in the UK. There are also other activities such as an annual trip to New York and the Drapers Textile Competition.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Emily Cooper

Emily Cooper

A Level Textiles (Music, Psychology)
Previous school: Charlton School

The College had all the subjects I wanted and I really enjoy textiles. Studying it at A Level teaches you so many new skills. The teacher creates an environment where you can truly explore textiles and you always get the support you need. My favourite skill to learn was free hand stitching on the machine - I could be so expressive and free with it.

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