A Level Textiles
Weave your way through fashion illustration, machine and hand embroidery, appliqué, embellishment, surface pattern design and print techniques. A Level Textiles is an exciting, dynamic and challenging subject where students are encouraged to perform to their maximum potential using high quality specialist resources and equipment with help and support from highly trained staff.
- Course Information
Studying Textiles will allow you to explore the nature and purpose of all textile processes and discover how ideas develop from initial ideas to finished products. You will work on themes that explore texture, colour, pattern, line and form, through experimentation with materials. You will also have the opportunity to explore areas of fashion including design, illustration, garment construction and creative embellishment.
You will have the chance to work in our purpose-built studios where all aspects of textiles and fashion are highly encouraged. This is further enhanced by visits from practicing textile designers, who run workshops in order to introduce our students to new and exciting textile techniques and skills, exploring other artists’ work, which will be used in coursework to inspire ideas.
For the last five years Textiles students have gained 100% pass rates, a positive testament to the outstanding level of teaching and learning.
The Textiles year culminates in the end of year public exhibition which displays an amazing array of students’ work produced over the whole of the course, and is something that all our staff and students look forward to.
After completing the course you will be able to progress to university to an Art-related degree course or within Runshaw to our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.
What will I study?
Some of the subjects you will study are:
- appliqué and reverse appliqué
- garment design
- fashion design and illustration
- creating and developing surface pattern ideas
- creative machine and hand-stitch embroidery
- felt-making and manipulation
- 3D fabric manipulation
End of year show, excellent facilities and personalised learning
- Entry Requirements
A minimum of 5x Grade 5s, including Art & Design / Textiles Technology OR portfolio of work.
- How will I be assessed?
- 60% an internally assessed unit
- 40% an externally set examination paper
Students learn how to work through the design process; completing visual and topical research, examining the work of other artists and designers to inspire their own work, experimenting with a range of ideas before developing work to a final piece. As well as working with traditional textile media, students also experiment with mixed media, for example, stitching into recycled plastic bags for a fashion garment.
- Progression Pathway
Former Runshaw Textiles students go on to highly successful careers in the industry both in this country and in Europe. This includes; Fashion Design, Textile Design, Fashion Buying and Merchandising, Fashion Styling and Fashion Promotion to name but a few. One particular former student gained an internship at Dior in Paris, and another working as a menswear designer for Scotch and Soda in Amsterdam. One other rather entrepreneurial student sold their own range on ASOS.com!
Following their A Level Textiles course, students can progress on to University if a future career in the design and fashion industries or further studies in art and design interest you, then A Level Textiles is for you. You will find all the resources and equipment you need here at Runshaw, and our excellent student mentoring system allows access to extra support as and when you require.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.