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A Level Textiles

The course is intended for those who wish to develop their intellectual, imaginative and creative skills through the wide ranging medium of textiles. It particularly suits inquisitive and self-motivated students who are eager to explore and develop a variety of ideas and processes surrounding a wide range of subjects. Applicants should ideally be dedicated to pursuing creative studies at a higher level.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics. This must include an art based GCSE at grade C or above. Students will be required to present a portfolio at interview.

Course Content

The course is designed to encourage experimentation and design development at every stage and you will be using a wide range of techniques, materials and processes throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on wide-ranging research, in-depth exploration and the development of ideas and processes.

You may explore specialist areas of textiles such as fine art, fashion and interiors, and you will be expected to develop good research skills and an awareness of current issues surrounding this exciting subject. You will be encouraged to work in an increasingly independent manner.

How will I be taught?

You will be expected to keep various sketchbooks, workbooks and research notes, which will evidence the development of your work through drawing, sampling, research, exploration, experimentation and discovery. Workshops will teach a variety of techniques and processes which will then be developed and incorporated into your particular area of study.

You will be taught in groups and also on a one-to-one basis, especially as your work becomes more independent. Study trips to galleries and museums will be compulsory for gathering research and contextual studies. You are expected to commit at least equal time to independent working outside of class-time as you do in class-time.

How will I be assessed?

The first year of this course consists of two units and each unit is assessed upon completion. Throughout each unit you will have the opportunity to discuss and review your work with lecturers, thereby ensuring that it meets the assessment objectives.

Unit 1 is a coursework portfolio unit which consists of both class and independent work, and Unit 2 is an externally-set assignment which is part controlled practical exam and part coursework. The second year consists of a further two units to make up the full A Level qualification.

Will I need any extra equipment?

The College Art Department stocks a range of basic supplies and equipment for use throughout the year, however specialist materials may also need to be purchased from other sources as required by the individual student. You may need to purchase a sturdy A1 or A2 portfolio for transporting your work to and from College and also a small case or bag for holding basic everyday equipment such as needles, pins, scissors etc.

What qualifications will I get?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an A Level in the subject studied.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to a BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design or onto higher education or alternatively appropriate employment. The course will also allow you the opportunity to develop a portfolio of creative work for interview.

Course Information

There will be occasional costs incurred for study visits to Museums and Galleries.

Textiles is one of five separate pathways in Art and Design available at the College. The four other options are: Graphic Design, Art and Photography. It is recommended that only those students who are seriously considering a career in art and design should study more than one of these options.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1st September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification.

Please contact Customer Services on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.


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