Art and Design: Textile Design

Course specification: AQA: AS Level 7244, A Level 7204

Textiles showContent of AS Level

Component 1 Portfolio

This involves studying a theme and researching an artist, craftsperson or designer. Students will explore drawing for different purposes and use a variety of textile media, processes and techniques. Textile work is based on historical, cultural and contemporary ideas. The unit is divided into four assessment objectives: developing ideas, experimenting with textile media, recording ideas and reflecting on work carried out and producing a final response. All work will be presented in sketchbooks.

Component 2 Externally set assignment

This starts on 1 February. There is a preparatory period, followed by 10 hours of supervised time. One theme is chosen from the externally set paper. The same four assessment objectives apply as for Component 1.

Content of A Level

Component 1 Personal investigation

This is a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. This component is divided into four assessment objectives: developing ideas, experimenting with textile media, recording ideas and reflecting on work carried out and producing a final response.

Component 2 Externally set assignment

This starts on 1 February. There is a preparatory period, followed by 15 hours of supervised time. One theme is chosen from the externally set paper. The same assessment objectives apply as for Component 2 except there is no additional written assignment.

For AS Level and A Level, all components are marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Key skills

  • An interest in practical textiles
  • Creativity
  • Dexterity
  • An eye for detail
  • Analytical skills
  • Independent learning
  • Initiative

Enrichment opportunities

  • Visits to local and national museums and exhibitions
  • Talks by visiting designers/craftspeople

Higher Education and career prospects

If studied with other arts subjects, Art and Design: Textile Design can lead to an Art foundation or degree course in Creative Design/Fashion and Textiles. Studying this subject will be especially beneficial to those who intend to pursue a career in marketing, fashion or fashion journalism and other related courses.

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