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Textile Design A Level

Qualification: GCE A Level in Art & Design (Textile Design)
Exam Board & Specification Code: AQA; 7244; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: No specific course entry requirement
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Study Programmes at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: Practical projects supported by written work
Course charge: A charge of £190 applies to contribute towards the cost of materials used during the 2 years of this course, bursaries and payment plans are available, please see Our Support Service for further information. You are given a generous allocation of colour printer credits per component of work and once you have used them you top them up at your own expense.
BHASVIC Department: Visual Arts

Head of Department Sally Richardson

What will I study?

Our grade one outstanding course in Textile Design has the emphasis on the expressive and experimental aspects of the Textiles medium. You study the processes, skills, concepts and ideas associated with textiles, art and design. This subject does not include traditional pattern cutting but does include making concept garments.

Is this course right for me?

Are you ambitious, motivated and creative? Our Practical Portfolio component supported by 3000 word contextual study essay and Exam Unit will challenge you. You will learn block printing, batik, felt making, hand dyeing, weaving, concept garment making, and creative use of the PC using Photoshop to create designs and creative outcomes. Assessment will be by 60% practical portfolio and 40% practical exam.

Frequently asked questions

No, we will teach how to use one. You don’t need to have your own sewing machine; we have plenty of sewing and embroidery machines available for you to use at college.

No, having studied an art-based subject at GCSE level is an advantage but not a necessity.

Fashion or textile designer, fashion illustrator, fashion retail or marketing, garment technologist, textile colourist, fashion stylist, patternmaker, fashion writer in magazines, websites, etc.

A huge variety; felt making, batik, Photoshop, dying, shibore, heat press, screen printing, embroidery, machine work etc.

Where next?

As a textile design student, you can use your creative flair and ability to generate ideas and concepts to meet a brief. You will be given the opportunity to develop your ideas in a practical and supportive environment and will work both as part of a team and on independent projects. Students can progress to university, Art Foundation or apprenticeships and may go on to work in a variety of sectors (fashion and textiles design, styling, fashion marketing and business, interior design, textiles, merchandising and fashion communications). Jobs that are directly related to qualifications in Textiles Design could include: Clothing/Textile Technologist, Colour Technologist, Interior and Spatial Designer, Fashion Designer and Textile Designer. Jobs where Textiles Design would be useful could be: Teacher, Printmaker, Product Designer, Retail Buyer, Stylist and Visual Merchandiser. Useful websites could include Drapers, Creative Skillset, Creative Choices, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide.

Textiles Employability and Enterprise at BHASVIC
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