What kind of student would enjoy this course?
Someone who is keen to develop their capacity to design and make textile products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing would enjoy this course. Someone who is practical, has a keen eye for design but can also manage their time well.
What will I study?
Students will be expected to work with and study a variety of textile materials so that they understand the working characteristics, physical properties, cost and availability that influence the choice of materials in design situations.
You will learn to present your work effectively to communicate your ideas. You will need to record the development of your ideas, techniques learnt and analysis of your own and others’ work in a journal in order to gain an understanding of the history of textiles and its role in society.
There is no coursework element. You will work on skill-based exercises which will culminate in an externally set task over ten hours.
Personal Investigation: This allows you to develop a personal, practical project with preparatory studies leading to finished work. You will relate your work to that of designers and produce a 3000 word study on the designers and styles that have influenced your personal investigation. Externally Set Task: This takes the form of a 15 hour test responding to a theme set by the Exam Board, plus preparatory studies. In the examination you can choose any techniques and process you wish to produce the final piece.
What skills will I learn?
Students will experience the design process so that they can develop their ideas from conception, through to the final product. You will gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of design and market influences.
What could I do at the end of my course?
Students can choose to continue their studies through courses in textile construction, fashion management, fashion design and manufacture.