At A Level we deliver an Art Textiles specification which allows students to really push their creativity and
refine their skills and techniques. This will enable students to be prepared for higher education.
Exam board: Edexcel
Candidates should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including fashion, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles and installed textiles.
Skills and Techniques:
Candidates will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:
Awareness of the elements of Textile Design, such as shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and/or repetition appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as fabric printing (mono-printing, relief printing and/or screen printing), tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer and fabric construction and stitching (appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or embroidery).
Knowledge and Understanding:
Candidates must show knowledge and understanding of:
how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area(s) of Textile Design
- historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
- how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to Textile Design
- the working vocabulary and specialist terminology which is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Textile Design.
Units of work are marked using assessment objectives, AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4. Each assessment objective has an equal weighting of marks.
- AO1 Development of ideas
- AO2 Experimentation with ideas and materials
- AO3 Recording observations and reflections
- AO4 A personal response/final piece
The AS course will build upon the skills and interests of individual students in order to build a portfolio unit (Unit 1). Media explored will be a range drawing, mixed media, photography and textiles. All students will be given the opportunity to attend Life Drawing sessions, held at the school, as well as gallery visits and opportunities to get involved with Saatchi workshops.
The new course structure consists of 50% Coursework and 50% Exam.
The Edexcel course offers a 10 hour exam at the end of the AS year, although the course structure continues into a two year A Level.
Within the Textiles department we offer catch up sessions for key stages 3-5, as and when required. Year 11 students also have the opportunity to attend revision sessions.