Our Textiles course is the culmination of your creative schooling. We can support you in achieving outstanding results as well as honing significant design skills and diverse technical processes. We are proud of the confidence our students display through their practice, cleverly creating innovative solutions to exciting briefs.
We are a small but thriving department of specialist and committed teaching staff, with superb facilities enabling you to make the most of your abilities. We have a distinguished record of success in placing students at leading universities and on sought after courses and believe that our Sixth Form experience equips students with transferable skills to achieve considerable success in their chosen fields. The A Level Textiles pathway may be followed in partnership with other Art & Design courses, or complimented with a variety of options on offer at SCS.
You will experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques to exciting briefs, which will develop your skills in:
> Computer aided technology
> Constructed dyed and printed textiles
> Fabric manipulation
> Recycling and decorative embellishing techniques
> Traditional and contemporary technologies
> Traditional handicrafts
How am I assessed? Through a combination of coursework and an externally set assignment which includes a practical element undertaken in exam conditions and supported by preparatory work.
Past students have secured places at leading universities, often winning national and international competitions which have led to careers working in the global Textiles arena, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ace Designs, Agent Provocateur and Vivienne Westwood. Others have used their portfolio to gain entry onto a wide range of Art and Design degrees, and have pursued careers in costume design for Television, Film and Theatre, promotion, buying, merchandising, design, photography, journalism and fashion styling. University is not the only route open to you as this course will assist you in moving successfully into employment in the associated areas of fashion and textiles, such as Advertising, Marketing, Interior Design and Decoration.
- Further Education
This course can lead directly into a university degree or foundation course. While many students progress into art and design courses in higher education this is by no means only for those wishing to specialise in fashion and textiles. A Level Textiles is accepted by all universities towards entry for many courses, providing a broad and valuable education, developing aesthetic awareness and judgement, together with enquiring, creative thinking and problem solving.
Potential courses include:
> Art and Design
> Clothing / Fashion Design
> Fashion Branding and Marketing
> Fashion Buying
Potential careers you can go into with a Textiles qualification include:
> Clothing / Textile Technology
> Fashion Design
> Interior Design
> Textile Design