Art: Textile Design

Why study Textile Design?

The investigative, analytical, creative, decision-making and self-management skills learned in this subject are valued in many future degrees and careers. The subject has always enjoyed exceptionally strong results and the end of year exhibition is always time for celebration. 

Topics of study at A-Level

The course introduces the processes, skills and concepts used in Textile Design. The emphasis is on the expressive and creative use of materials to create exciting textile based art work. Initially students are
taught both traditional and contemporary techniques including silk screen printing, batik, felt making, hand-dyeing, heat manipulation and other constructed textile methods.

What I love most is the independence that I get to express myself creatively, with the teachers there to guide me when I need it.
Mhairi, Sixth Form Textile Art Student

Opportunities beyond the classroom

We have regular trips and visits to galleries and exhibitions including Cardiff, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park and Bath.

What this subject might lead to

Future degree or careers may include Textile Design, Fashion, Interior Design, Print Designer, Set-Production, Textile Technologist, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Product Design. Recent students have gone on to study at Central St Martin’s and other prestigious institutes. The transferable skills learnt in this subject are valued in many careers.

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

A minimum of grade 6 at GCSE is desirable, although not essential.