Textile Design

Course Leader:

Ms S Stirling – sstirling@sackvilleschool.org.uk

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel
Guidance: Grade 4 or above in GCSE art, textiles or a design and technology subject. A willingness to work independently in your free time and carry out individual research related to your chosen projects.
Course Start Date: 09/2024
Course length: 2 Years
Course description

In year 12 you will be introduced to a wide variety of textile processes, including print, constructed textiles and stitch. Drawing is an essential part of the course. From common starting points, you will progress in more individual directions, some of which will involve designing body adornment. Examples of project titles include ‘Lost & Found’, ‘Deep Rooted’ and ‘Faded Glories’.

If you have a strong interest in any aspect of the surface textiles, printing or fashion design, this course will be of interest to you. In textiles you will explore fabric and thread, colour, texture and imagery using both traditional and unconventional materials. Our well-equipped specialist studios allow you to work with a wide range of processes in real depth. Developing themes from your own personal experiences and observations; investigating ideas and researching the work of other artists and designers; you will be taught by experienced supportive teachers who are also practising textiles artists.

Course units

Component 1: 60% of your marks are awarded for practical coursework and an extended essay, looking in depth at the work of textile artists and designers.

Component 2: 40% is gained in the second half of year 13, through an externally set assignment, which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate all your creative abilities.

Preparatory research to be carried out over a twelve week period prior to final submission (four days in a studio workshop). There is no formal timed written paper on this course.


Ongoing assessment of your coursework through Y12 and into Y13 helps you to work to your strengths. Teachers give regular feedback, both verbally and in writing. In May of Y13, the coursework and externally set assignment are formally assessed by teachers and moderated by a visiting external examiner. Students exhibit their work on site for moderation.

What can I do with this qualification?

A level textiles naturally leads to careers in the fashion industry; including fashion or textile design (designing fabrics, woven, knitted, printed) and production management in the clothing industry. Before studying textiles or fashion design at University, some students do a foundation course in art and design for one year.

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