Textile Design (Fashion/Interior Design)

Course Overview

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).

The course offers a variety of workshops during the first term e.g. felt making, weaving, transfer paint printing and machine embroidery. For your projects you will be given the opportunity to use our contemporary industrial equipment: laser cutter/etch, computerised embroidery machine and Mimaki wide format printer for fabric.

To enhance their studies, an educational visit will be offered to both AS and A2 level students, giving the opportunity to visit a venue related to Art and Design Textile. A2 Textile Design students will exhibit their work at our annual Art and Design exhibition in June.

Also, there is the great opportunity to be entered for the Urdd Eisteddfod National Art, Design and Technology Competitions. This year our students in A Level Textile Design have won 1st prize 3D Textiles, 1st prize Fashion and 1st Prize Design and Technology. One student won the overall National Art, Design and Technology medal.

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)


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Entry Requirements

An art based GCSE at grade C is recommended but not essential

Progression Opportunities

A Level Textile Design opens many doors and can be fundamental in creating pathways for a whole array of university courses. You could stay with us and progress onto the Art and Design Foundation or the Foundation Degree in Fashion and Textile Design.

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 £30 for this course. 

Contact Details: Curriculum Leader Paige McCann-Gray - email - paige.mccann-gray@gcs.ac.uk

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