Component 1: Portfolio
Percentage of total AS mark 60%
Students will experience a wide range of textile media and techniques using both traditional and experimental materials. Techniques include fabric manipulation, dyeing, printing (traditional and digital), embroidery, quilting and drawing, using a variety of methods and media, will be explored to generate ideas and students will keep sketchbooks to underpin their work.
Students will also explore images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of current, historic and cultural examples of art, craft and design through practical and critical activities.
Preparatory work will lead to realised pieces that may take the form of textile art, fashion textiles, fashion design, interior textiles or constructed textiles.
Component 2: Externally set assignment
Percentage of total AS mark 40%
Externally set coursework and a practical supervised period of 5 hours. All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole. This unit is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA by visit to the centre. Visits will normally take place in May/June.
This is a personal project where the emphasis is placed upon the development of creative ideas. There will be a choice of five questions to be used as starting points (students are required to select one). There will be a period of five hours within this externally set unit to be devoted to the development of ideas. This work will be completely independent and will be under exam conditions. Preparatory work may lead to a fully realised piece or pieces of two or three dimensions or to further work of a developmental nature.
As a student of textiles you will be encouraged to develop your creativity, acquire technical and expressive skills and gain a wider knowledge of art, craft and design. If you are thinking of continuing with this subject into higher education you may want to consider taking Textile Design alongside one of the other art and design subjects.
We would recommend that candidates should have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with achieving a grade C or above at GCSE art and design or an equivalent course. It must be emphasised that this is not a requirement but is desirable. Students wishing to apply for the course without this qualification will be considered, but must bring a portfolio of current work to their interview and be seen by the head of the department.
This subject is for those students who are interested in textile design, fashion and interior design, costume design, surface pattern and decoration, fine art, installed textiles and constructed textiles.