Fashion and Textiles

Course Details

Qualification: Fashion and Textiles Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Maths and English Language. However, due to the new GCSE grading, we do recommend that you are working towards at least a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language. Students must also have a grade C in an Art related subject and a portfolio of work. Applicants who are not studying a GCSE Art related subject, but who have a strong portfolio will be considered for an interview. Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years

Choosing to study Fashion and Textiles will give you the opportunity to develop your creative skills in surface design techniques, fashion and fine art approaches. The majority of work that you undertake in the studio will be focusing on artist research, design development (sampling) and final designs. This will involve exploring a wide range of textile techniques within your sketchbook through personal study.

Areas of Fashion and Textiles that can be explored during the course include fashion, printed and/or dyed fabric and materials, domestic textiles and wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles and textile installation.

Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including fashion design, fashion textile, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, art textiles and installed textiles.

Component 1
This personal investigation consists of coursework with no time limit and is worth 60% of the marks. You will choose one of the six titles available and work on this throughout the course. Students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or a series of related outcomes. It must be supported by written work of between 1000-3000 words.

Component 2
This is an externally set assignment, worth 40% of the A Level. Each title will have its own paper with a choice of 8 questions to be used as starting points; you will choose 1. After a period of time where you will prepare to create a final outcome, you will have 10 hours (year 1) and 15 hours (year 2) of supervised time. Your work can be presented as design sheets, sketchbooks, models or workbooks.

You will be assessed according to the following objectives:

  • Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding
  • Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
  • Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

As an Art and Design student you will be given the opportunity to attend a variety of industry trips and specialist visits which might include galleries in Liverpool and Manchester, the National Film and Media Museum, artist studios and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

We have fantastic spacious studio spaces with professional equipment to include a large screen print bed and Bernina sewing machines.


Students will pay a consumable fee of approximately £60. This covers the cost of two sketch books, two mount cards and a compulsory visit to Harrogate Stitch and Knit, plus contribution towards to cost of fabrics and threads. Silks and expensive fabrics will be extra.

Some universities require students to complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at College before progressing; we offer this at Nelson and Colne College. However many of our students progress directly to university. Former students have gone on to study art related disciplines at a number of top universities, including the University of Edinburgh, the London College of Fashion, the University of Manchester, Kingston University and Leeds College of Art, studying a broad range of degrees such as Fine Art, Fashion and Textile Retailing, Interior and Spatial Design, Marketing, Surface Pattern Design, Costume Design and Fashion Communication and Promotion to name but a few.


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