Subject Intent: Why Textiles and Fashion Design?
The intent of the Textile and Fashion Design curriculum is to progress student understanding through exposure to professional skills and techniques inherent to professional and undergraduate study in Textiles. Students are offered the chance to explore a range of textile art skills and specialist fashion design techniques. It gives students the experience of working to a live brief from the ideas generation stage, client profiling, and design ideas through to the production of final garments and exhibition pieces. These are essential skills and experiences necessary for success in any creative industry. Students prepare a personal portfolio of creative work that sets them up to work as designers in areas such as the fashion industry, marketing and communications, interior design, and textile art.
Why should I study this subject?
The Textiles and Fashion Design A-Level will teach you skills in creative thinking, problem solving and specialist traditional and contemporary practical techniques. During your time on the course you will be exposed to innovative artists and designers, work on live briefs and competitions, and engage in specialist workshops with practicing designers and expert
staff members. There are broad employment and progression opportunities in the Textiles and Fashion Design industry; this course will prepare you with a vast skillset and a diverse portfolio of work which can be applied to a career in industry or progression into FAD and university.
What will I study?
• Observational drawing
• Experimental mark-making
• Fabric manipulation
• Weave and knit
• 3D Sculpting
• Garment construction
• Fashion illustration
• Designing for purpose
• Creating concepts and responding to themes
• Design processes used in industry
• Topical issues such as sustainability and recycling
The amount of support you receive from the department, the resources available and the amount of effort the staff put in to help you out are fantastic!
Katie Marie Devine
Mcauley Catholic High School
What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here
CLICK HERE to see our guidance on what your portfolio must include