Fashion and Textiles A Level is a highly creative subject that will give you an insight into the diverse application of materials, techniques and processes relevant to the fashion and textiles specialism. You will bring a conceptual approach to the subject through exploring the work of others, taking part in technical workshops, experimenting independently and developing your own ideas around topics of interest to you. You will work with both set and self-negotiated briefs to develop skills of problem solving, creative thinking, practical application of knowledge and understanding linked to academic research.
All aspects of garment construction and textile design are taught, to enable creative outcomes that are sure to challenge future designers. There is a strong link to the Fashion Academy and employers beyond the College which result in opportunities to build further transferable skills including communication, teamwork, event organisation and presentation through innovative, professional projects.
You need grade 5 or above in GCSE Art, Textiles or Graphics, plus grade 5 or above in English and you will require a second interview. A previous qualification in Textiles is not essential, but you will need to demonstrate a keen interest and dedication to developing your skills.
Your work will be assessed through a range of methods including projects, coursework, essays, presentations and practical application of skills. Your A Level exam will be made up of a practical exam at the end of year two. A final exhibition is assessed by an external examiner.
A materials and studio fee is collected when you enrol and there are additional costs for specific materials and if you take part in residential trips. These can be purchased/paid for via the College online store when you enrol.
This A Level subject allows you to enrol in degrees in fashion design, textile/surface design, fashion business, marketing, costume or fashion journalism.
You could also start a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design or Apprenticeship/Higher Apprenticeship in a related area eg. sewn products, leather goods. Alternatively, you could find employment in related area or set-up your own fashion or textiles brand or creative business.
Fashion and textiles is both demanding and challenging, but through the support of my tutors I’ve been able to make things I didn’t realise I would be able to. Group critiques are also really useful – my group have always given me honest but professional opinions that help my ideas grow.
I’ve been able to develop my technical skills in garment construction as well as surface pattern in readiness to study costume design in the future.
A Levels (Fashion & Textiles, English Literature & Language & Psychology)