A2 Textiles

A Level

In Eastleigh

Price on request

Description

  • Typology

    A Level

  • Location

    Eastleigh

  • Duration

    2 Years

Description

The purpose of this art-based course is to draw inspiration from a wide range of visual sources and to be experimental in a variety of media and materials. Personal and creative outcomes will be encouraged in textile art, craft and fashion on a decorative, functional and conceptual level. This enjoyable and very successful course is not an easy option and you should be prepared to work hard at.

Important information

Government funding available

Facilities

Location

Starts

Eastleigh (Hampshire)
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Chestnut Avenue, SO50 5ZA

Starts

On request

To take into account

5 GCSE at Grade C, including a minimum of Grade C in Art. (In addition, GCSE Textiles Technology is advantageous). Students are required to complete a written element within each art course, therefore a Grade C in GCSE English is advantageous. Access to a good quality camera & basic sewing machine would be advantageous.

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Subjects

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Course programme


Textiles
The purpose of this art-based course is to draw inspiration from a wide range of visual sources and to be experimental in a variety of media and materials. Personal and creative outcomes will be encouraged in textile art, craft and fashion on a decorative, functional and conceptual level.

This enjoyable and very successful course is not an easy option and you should be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities. Commitment outside of lessons is crucial to success at this level. You will be set regular homework, which will be in the form of written and practical work.

As this is a highly popular course, keen applicants are advised to ensure that it is on their application.

What Will I Learn On This Course?

Throughout the course you will develop your imagination, your communicative, experimental and analytical skills. We will encourage you to explore textile and sculptural techniques using both traditional and unorthodox materials. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the place of textile art, craft and fashion in history and contemporary society.

The course provides a balance of whole class, small group, pair and one-to-one teaching and learning. You will be introduced to processes and textile techniques in the form of exciting 'hands-on' workshops put into context with work of practitioners in Textiles and Fashion.

You will be introduced to the following areas:
· Surface pattern decoration: collage, appliqu, hand and machine embroidery
· Use of products such as; bondaweb, metal shim, angelina fibre, silk cocoon.
· Printed and dyed: shibori, fabric painting and block printing, image transfer with paper & dye.
· Constructed: Knit, weave, felt.
The skills acquired act as vocabulary for you to personally interpret your own ideas and concepts.

The course aims to provide opportunity for students to get involved in local exhibitions & shows and make visits to major exhibitions. The Art Department runs an annual Trip abroad open to Textile Students.

Course Content And Method Of Assessment

AS - UNIT1: Coursework Portfolio (60%)
This is predominantly a practical project where both fashion and textile art ideas are developed under an umbrella theme. From the Summer homework you will develop observations through to creative samples and maquettes to work around and with the body. Garment construction, body adornment and accessories will be explored and the work is celebrated in our annual Fashion Show. Further ideas can then be developed into a textile art form. In addition to practical work you will be required to look at the work of other artists, designers and craftsmen.

AS - UNIT 2: Controlled Assignment (40%)
This is a practical examination with externally set themes. You will be given a minimum of three weeks to produce preliminary studies, then in a 5 hour examination you will produce a focussed practical response.

A2 - UNIT 3: Personal Investigation (60%)
This is a practical project with a strong personal theme. In relation to your practical work you will be required to study in depth the work of several textile artists &/or fashion designers.

A2 - UNIT 4: Controlled Assignment (40%)
This is a practical examination with externally set themes. You will be given a minimum of three weeks to produce preliminary studies and then in a 15 hour examination you will produce a well-resolved final piece.

The specification followed is that offered by OCR
All units are internally assessed by your teacher and then moderated by OCR.

This course aims to provide opportunities for students to get involved in local exhibitions and shows and make visits to major exhibitions. The Art Department runs and annual trip abroad which is open to Textile Students.

After The Course

The course allows the student to obtain a well developed and exciting portfolio for the application to a foundation course and some degree courses. Textile A2 Levels are also generally accepted on academic degree courses. Past students have had success on local foundation courses at Bournemouth, Portsmouth and further afield Kingston, Wimbledon, Central Saint Martins. Others have secured degree places to study fashion at Nottingham Trent, Winchester, Kent Institute and Craft at Herefordshire.

Subject Combinations

Textiles compliments many programmes of study from other Arts to Sciences. However due to the labour intensity of the course it must be carefully considered if you wish to pursue more than two arts.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE at Grade C, including a minimum of Grade C in Art. (In addition, GCSE Textiles Technology is advantageous). Students are required to complete a written element within each art course, therefore a Grade C in GCSE English is advantageous.
Access to a good quality camera & basic sewing machine would be advantageous.

A2 Textiles

Price on request