Textile Design at Loreto is an art-based subject with an emphasis on creativity and innovation that would appeal to students interested in fashion, textiles, fine art and interior textiles.
Projects are devised to help students understand the fundamental process of design through research, sampling and developing ideas into unique and exciting outcomes. Students are encouraged to experiment with a range of materials and techniques including embroidery, fabric manipulation, printing and dyeing to create interesting surface patterns and textures that can be developed into garments, accessories, functional objects or pieces of art. All techniques and skills are taught through practical demonstrations; therefore, no experience of textiles is required but a GCSE in Art and Design is desirable.
Component 1: Personal Investigation
Percentage of total mark: 120 marks (60% of total A Level) non exam assessment
Learners should produce two elements:
Component 2: Externally Set Task
Percentage of total mark: 80 marks (40% of total A Level) non exam assessment
As a student of Textile Design 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.
This subject would appeal to students who are interested in careers in fashion design, textile design, fine art, interior textiles, costume and theatre and other related careers such as fashion marketing, styling, journalism, promotion and business.
The course is designed to build upon knowledge and skills gained in an art-related GCSE at grade C or above. Although this is desirable it is not a requirement; students wishing to apply for the course without this qualification are asked to bring a portfolio of work to enrolment to be considered for the course.