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Textile Design (Fashion/Interior) A Level

Level 3
A Level
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


In this course, students will learn the fundamental concepts of textile design in the context of fashion and/or interior design, including the research of professional artists/designers and other essential sources of research to inform the design journey. Through hands-on projects and workshops, students will gain practical experience in developing textile techniques such as, hand and machine embroidery, bead work, laser, creative construction etc. 

Course Objectives:  

  • Understand the basic principles of the design process and its application through observational studies and textile samples
  • Develop practical problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Develop and create fashion/interior illustrations
  • Develop own theme and create personal outcomes. 

Course Outcomes:  

  • Successfully implement the design process and its application through observational studies and textile samples
  • Apply contextual understanding through visual and written means
  • Produce Fashion/Interior illustrations, related designs, and final personal outcomes. 


Key information

  • No prior Textile Design experience is required, but a genuine interest and passion for Textile and Design is required
  • A minimum of seven GCSE’s grades A*-C, including English Language
  • An art-based GCSE at grade C is desirable but not essential.


Internally assessed, externally moderated. 

Grading criteria:  

Year 1 (100% coursework with no exams) 
AS Unit 1 - Personal Creative Enquiry 
Non-exam assessment 
40% of qualification 
Design Journal and Final Outcome. 

Year 2 (100% coursework with no exams) 
A Level Unit 2 - Personal Investigation 
Non-exam assessment 
36% of qualification 
Design Journal and Final Outcome. 

A Level Unit 3 - Externally Set Assignment 
Non-exam assessment 
24% of qualification 
Part one: Preparatory Study Period 
Part two: 15 hour Period of Sustained Focus (non-exam assessment) 

Staying with the college, you could progress onto the Art and Design Foundation. A Level Textile Design opens many doors and can be fundamental in creating pathways for a whole array of university courses both national and international.  

The textile industry offers a massive wealth of career prospects and opportunities. A graduate of textiles could follow a career in fashion, surface pattern design, interior design, film/theatre costume design, fashion promotion/journalism, teaching or become a specialist textile artist/designer in textile jewellery, felt making, printing, etc.  

The course aims to nurture creativity and personal strengths through independent study. Please note that there is a studio fee of £30 for this course. 

Example of student work. Person stands wearing brown garment.

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