Art and 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  in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes
  • An interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of textile 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

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 the Sixth Form, we would recommend that students applying for this course have a grade 5 or above in GCSE Textiles or an impressive portfolio. You must be willing to work on your own and with others, be self-motivated and able to complete work in your own time, showing growing independence in developing creative ideas and organising your own work.

Ways to help my child succeed

Students will be expected to spend a minimum of two hours per week working on their coursework at home. Throughout the course your child will need to purchase fabrics and components suitable for their final outcomes. Your child will also need an A2 sketchbook, basic art equipment, including pencils, a fine liner and paints. Students will be able to purchase these from school prior to starting the course

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