Why study textiles design?
If you have a passion for textile design and art then this course will appeal to you. Throughout the course you will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of textile media, processes and techniques. These will include both traditional and new media.
Students will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students will also explore the potential for the use of colour. Students may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.
Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. Students’ responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.
Areas of study
Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of textile design, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:
• fashion design
• fashion textiles
• costume design
• digital textiles
• printed and/or dyed fabric and materials
• domestic textiles and wallpaper
• interior design
• constructed textiles
• art textiles
• Installed textiles
Topic areas covered
Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the following areas:
• elements of textile design
• awareness of intended audience or purpose
• exploring the constraints of working to a brief
• understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as: fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing
• relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
• how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created
• historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
• social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts
• a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of textile design.
Method of assessment
A level – Personal investigation sketchbook project (60%). 96 marks and no time limit.
A level – Externally set assignment which includes a sketchbook project to prepare and a final piece produced in a 15 hour exam – (40%) 96 marks,