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.

The research and design development methods for this course include drawing, photography and collating mood boards to inspire fabric manipulation and creative design for final outcomes. These outcomes include fine art textiles, fashion design, illustration and textile design. Due to the diverse and individual approaches of students, a variety of project topics are explored and communicated visually through a broad range of practical techniques. All practical work is assessed against awarding body assessment criteria.

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;

  • Womenswear
  • Menswear
  • Styling
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Promotion
  • Costume Design for theatre and television

Enrichment Opportunities

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. 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.

Fashion & Textile Design Course Leaflet

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Fashion & Textile Design course introduction

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Exam Board Course Specification

What our students say about Fashion & Textile Design

Fashion & Textile Design A level News

Art students inspired by prestigious art college

Students visit British Textile Biennial

Students exhibit work at Cloud Land

Students visit Graduate Fashion Week

Creative Careers Event Jan 2019

Changing Places Exhibition

Art & Design Summer Show

Willowbrook Hospice Collaboration – From Charity Shop to Cat Walk

What Our Students Say

“I’ve really loved Fashion and Textile Design and learnt so many skills, not only artistic ones but how to be more confident and give things a go. The support at Carmel is really good. In Textiles the feedback is personal and the 1:1s show you how to improve and build on your work. I can’t wait to carry on with Fashion and Textiles at university and build on everything I’ve learnt at Carmel.”

Louise Appleton