Textile Design (Fashion/Interior Design)

Course Overview

WJEC Art and Design / Accredited by Welsh Government

Year 1 (100% coursework with no exams)
AS Unit 1 - Personal Creative Enquiry
Non-exam assessment
40% of qualification

Year 2 (100% coursework with no exams)
A Level Unit 2 - Personal Investigation
Non-exam assessment
36% of qualification
Part one and two: 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)


The course aims to nurture creativity and personal strengths through independent study.

The ‘design process’ and its development is an essential part of the course, therefore workshops in markmaking, colourwork and design process skills are covered. Students will use a variety of decorative techniques, such as hand printing, embroidery and hand dyeing. Fabric construction, manipulation and embellishment will also be covered. Students are encouraged to explore the use of both traditional and non-traditional materials, such as plastic, wire and paper, and to research and study the work of other artists, designers and craft persons (both contemporary and historical).

Students on this course will also be able to gain additional City & Guilds qualifications which complement the A Level programme. To cope with the practical demands of the textiles course it is highly recommended that students work towards the City & Guilds Certificate in Sewing Machine Techniques qualification. The City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Pattern Cutting, which is also available within the course, will provide students with a stimulating new skill which can contribute to successful  completion of the A Level.

Updated July 2017

Entry Requirements

Standard A Level entry requirements and an interest in the subject is desireable

Progression Opportunities

A Level Textile Design opens many doors and can be fundamental in creating pathways for a whole array of university courses/Art and Design Foundation. 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, feltmaking, printing, etc. 

Additional Information

Please note that there is a studio fee of £25 for this course. 


Donna McCann-Gray on 01792 890700

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