Fashion and Textiles
Faculty of Art and Design
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Art and Design Level 3 - A Level Centre for Creative Industries 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course will develop the skills you need to achieve an understanding of textile and surface design techniques in a fashion, interiors or craft context. Progression onto A Level and UAL Foundation/HE is an option for those wishing to pursue a career in Fashion and Textiles.

This course is ideal if you enjoy exploring new processes, designing garments and are passionate about fashion and textiles.

You will extend your visual recording skills through drawing, painting, photography and written research. Previous set themes have included Geometric Forms, Flowers and Leaves, Glittering Surfaces, Cultures. The development of your work requires you to analyse and evaluate your research, textile samples and final outcomes. The emphasis is very much on enabling you to express and refine your own individual response to a theme, through increasingly personal and independent work. You will be required to produce two substantial units of work: a portfolio of coursework, and another which incorporates an externally set assignment, for each level of the qualification, AS and A Level. Most of the work is practical and studio/workshop based. There may also be whole class discussions and lectures on the main theoretical aspects of the course. Your lecturers will work closely with you and you will be encouraged, as the course progresses, to develop your own individual interests. Your work will be assessed informally throughout the course. A final grade is determined by an externally moderated; end of course assessment of the portfolio unit, and the Externally Set Assignment unit, for each of the two levels. Please note that work in textiles is time-consuming and will require considerable additional work outside of class time.

What topics will I study?

Sketchbooks are used extensively to record research, both visual and written, and the development of your ideas throughout projects. Fashion and textile skills such as hand and machine embroidery, felting, printing, appliqué, pattern cutting, knitting, etc are introduced and an experimental approach is encouraged to develop ideas.

You will also undertake research to enable you to acquire knowledge of the work of artists and designers in fine art, textiles and fashion. Researching and referring to the work of other artists and designers is an important element of the design process and is a requirement of the course. You will be given guidance in the study of relevant artists designers and craftspeople throughout the qualification.

What experiences will I get?

You will take part in annual fashion shows and will visit exhibitions in London and Paris to experience the work of others.

What are the entry requirements?

Standard entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and 4 in Maths. Plus, you will need six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Grade 5 or above in GCSE art or a related subject, such as textiles.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course can be combined with other courses to make a full time programme and it goes well with most other subjects.

What facilities are there?

The Art and Design Faculty has numerous art studios, a print workshop, a ceramics workshop, a 3D workshop, photographic darkrooms, fashion and textile workspace, IT rooms with industry standard software eg: Photoshop, Flash, Motion, Stop Motion Pro and Final Cut Pro software on PCs and Macs.

What can the course lead on to?

This textile course is an excellent preparation for further and higher education courses in all fashion/textile disciplines. It is also a valid entry qualification, combined with other relevant subjects, for academic courses in higher education. You could progress onto a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design here at Exeter College. 

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click to view the fees for September 2018.

There may be an opportunity to participate in a residential visit abroad.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

College Prospectus

On this course you will have the opportunity to take part in annual fashion shows, including working with external partners such as National Trust – Killerton House, Princesshay Fashion Shows and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum!

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