DT - Art & Design Textiles

Examination Board: AQA

Head of Department: Mr Steve Berry

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DT - Art & Design Textiles

The Art & Design Textiles course allows students to demonstrate high levels of innovation and creativity. Students will gain an awareness of the elements of Textile Design to appreciate the relationship of form and function and working to the constraints of working to a brief. Students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles. They will understand a variety of textile methods, such as fabric printing, tie-dye, batik, fabric construction and stitching (appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or embroidery). Students will also learn how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in their chosen area(s) of Textile Design. Over the two years we will explore historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres.

Course Details – Exam Board: AQA

A-Level Art & Design Textiles is made up of four units. Each unit is 25% of the full A-Level. In the AS year, students will produce a coursework portfolio = 50% (25% of the full A-Level) and an externally set assignment = 50% (25% of the full A-Level). In their A2 Year, students will produce a personal investigation = 25% & an externally set assignment= 25%. All units are controlled assessment/coursework based; there is no written examination.

Entry requirements

Students are required to achieve at least a Grade B at GCSE level in any Design Technology or Art & Design subject.


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