Firstly, the Fashion & Textile Design A level offers a diverse and creative approach to fabric development.
During this course you will:
- Gain an understanding of professional contexts including; fashion, interior and accessory design.
- Explore surface, texture, colour, materials and construction methods.
- Develop creative investigations into textiles and fashion.
- Experiment with techniques and processes including; stitch, print, dye, knit and garment construction.
- Develop an understanding of shape, form, pattern, texture and colour.
All practical work is critically analysed against awarding body assessment criteria. Therefore, throughout the duration of the course, students are encouraged to visit exhibitions and galleries. The research methods for this course include drawing or collecting inspiration. Subsequently, the inspiration will be collated into mood boards which will be used to generate a wealth of ideas. Furthermore, due to the diverse and individual approaches of students, a variety of outcomes can be generated. These outcomes include fine art textiles, fashion design, illustration and textile design.
What will this Fashion & Textile Design A Level course prepare me for?
Many students go on to study the UAL Art Foundation Diploma and access to Higher Education programmes. Some of our students have progressed onto universities such as; Central St Martins, London College of Fashion and Westminster University. There are many career opportunities within the fashion & textiles industry leading to specialisation in, for example;
- Fashion Buying
- Fashion Promotion
- Costume Design for theatre and television
The Fashion & Textile Design department visits Graduate Fashion Week annually. We view university fashion shows, gala fashion shows and portfolios from a range of higher education courses. Students have the opportunity to enter competitions held by Clothes Show Live. Additionally, students also have the chance to participate and showcase their work. This is done through the production of their own fashion show for Carmel’s Creative Arts Evening each year. In other words, there are plenty of course enrichment opportunities.
Course Entry Requirements
Any Art & Design GCSE Grade 4 or a Technology GCSE Grade 4, for instance, Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphic Products, Textiles or equivalent. If you haven’t studied Art, no problem, just come and speak to one of the tutors.