This new and exciting course is designed to encourage you to pursue your own personal exploration in diverse genres of fashion, textiles and craft. As a Textiles student, you will have the chance to develop your artistic skills and experiment with a breadth of materials and techniques in our purpose built studio space.

You will take part in skills workshops looking at textiles materials and areas such as print, dye, embroidery, embellishment, surface and digital design, that will help you discover the type of textile practitioner you are. You will then apply the skills you have learned in briefs using research, development of ideas and refinement to finished pieces. All work is carried out in sketchbooks, with additional sampling and making. You will cover a range of techniques including use of tools and machinery.

Your practical work follows a pathway of analytical research of artists’ work, development and idea refinement to final practical pieces within the exploration of a given theme. More advanced techniques and skills are taught and developed including CAD processes including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Personal exploration is encouraged, as are independent student work, thought and idea generation. This course is ideal if you are a creative person and you have a passion for pattern, colour, design and making or material innovation.


On this course we will:

  • Give you the chance to produce innovative designs allowing you to explore how to make the textiles and surfaces which surround us all each day.
  • Develop colourways and texture or producing a surface design or illustration.
  • Help you develop craft skills used in the creation of products suitable for the fashion or interiors market.
  • Build awareness of and skills in, contemporary fashion design, innovative textile applications, with an option for garment making and costume design
  • Use a range of technology to bring your ideas to life including sewing machines, computer aided embroidery, as well as pattern cutting equipment. Competitions and live briefs
  • Critical thinking and analysis including artist and designer research
  • Explore how the world works and gain global perspective through market and trend research in fashion, interiors, accessories and products
  • Develop your creative, professional, intellectual and personal abilities as these are acknowledged as the key skills required for a broad range of textile related careers


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Entry requirements

  • 5 studios, specifically equipped for each specialist subject plus a professional photographic studio
  • Digital labs
  • Annual Art Show
  • Guest artist led workshops
  • Well-established links with universities and wider creative industries
  • Regular trips such as Courtauld Gallery London, Manchester Gallery and Museum of Costume
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park visits
  • End of Degree Show Visits
  • Life drawing sessions
  • Art Award scholarships
  • Opportunity to progress to our one year Art Foundation Degree after completion of your A-Level programme

Potential career pathways

  • Textile Designer: print, weave, knit, embroidery, surface (wallpaper, glass etc.)
  • Fashion Designer: menswear, womenswear, childrens wear, bridal
  • Costume Designer: stage, film or television
  • Technologist: textiles, colour, garment, product
  • Textile Production and Textile Forensics
  • Own business: Maker, Designer, Artist, Freelance/Commission work
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Fashion Art Direction
  • Fashion Buying, Branding, Marketing and Promotion
  • Working for a Fashion or Interior Brand
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Art Therapy
  • Community Education

Why Textiles?

  • Estimated to be worth £32 billion to the UK economy alone with 890,000 jobs across the industry, it is only marginally smaller than the UK financial sector ( 2018)
  • £8.3 billion of Textiles and Fashion is produced in the UK
  • Outside of Industry and Mass Production, Textiles is part of the multi-billion pound Craft sector and a valued mode of making work within the Arts

Course Key Details

Course Type : A-Level
Exam Board : TBC
Pass Rate : EDUQAS
Assessment : 100% coursework and practical exam

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