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A-Level Textile Design (Art & Design)

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7204 Nicky Monk monk-n@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk

Why study this course?

What skills does it develop?

This course offers students an intellectually stimulating, creative, practical and personal learning experience.  The course aims to offer students opportunities to explore and investigate areas of personal interest and curiosity. This is done through visual research and experimentation, often enabling students to deepen their understanding of their other subjects by facilitating their ability to make links and widen their understanding. The course balances learning across skills, knowledge and understanding – valuing the contribution practical visual enquiry makes to research and learning habits.

What careers might it lead to?

Appropriate for degrees in Foundation courses in Art & Design, BTEC Design, Foundation Degree, HND, BSc (Hons), BA (Hons) and MA degrees in a variety of Textile related subjects. Relevant careers include Fashion Designer, Buyer, Pattern Cutter, trend Forecaster, Stylist, Promotion and PR.

What level of prior knowledge, attainment and skills are required?

What are the entry requirements?

GCSE Grade 6 in one of the following; Textiles, Art or Graphics.

Who would it suit?

Textiles would suit creative individuals who enjoy working within a creative environment, who are not afraid to experiment and learn new skills within a range of fabrics, materials and techniques.

What subjects might it combine with/lead to?

Textiles combines well with a number of different subjects as creativity, imagination and problem solving skills can be utilised in other subject areas. Textiles does work particularly well with Fine Art, Business Studies, Drama, Media, Psychology and Sciences.  

What does the course cover and how is it structured?

A-level is a practical course in which you learn by doing, so you will be able to create imaginative personal work within a range of different mediums. Year 12 is utilised as a skills building year, allowing you to develop your skills and creativity across a number of different medias, tools and processes.

How is the course assessed?

What examination modules/papers are there?

The course is split into Component 1 and Component 2, across both Year 12 & Year 13. In Component 1 you will develop work for a ‘Personal Investigation’ into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. This will count for 60%. In Component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of the ‘Externally Set Assignments’, which will count for 40%. You will undertake a 10 hour practical mock exam in Year 12 and a 15 hour practical exam in Year 13 for Component 2.

How are they weighted?

Component 1 is weighted at 60% and Component 2 is weighted at 40%

How can families help?

What family trips might be useful?

Trips to art galleries and design museums would be useful to develop interest into different designers and artists.

What activities might families encourage?

Students could research and take part in practical or creative courses that run within Bucks. There are some free artistic courses run within the area.