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Why study Art and Design - Textiles?

It is a subject in which you can glorify colour and shape, decorate something some may consider ugly and make it stand out. Take old things and make them new. Take something plain and add pattern through stitch, print, dye, applique and a variety of original responses.

What does the course cover and what is expected of you?

Students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles.

Year 1 - AS Level

  • Component 1 - Portfolio of work; this will include an extended themed practical project running throughout the year
  • Component 2 - External set assignment.

Year 2 - A Level

  • Component 1 - Personal Investigation - this is a practical investigation supported by written material.

Component 2 - External set assignment

Where can it take you?

Textile Design has connections to Science, History, Geography, Mathematics and English. It also can be studied alongside Fine Art, Photography and Design Technology. Past students have gone on to study at Art Colleges and Universities.

Entry requirements

Grade A-C at GCSE would be expected. Consideration would be given to a candidate with a strong portfolio of work.

Courses assessment


  • Component 1 - Portfolio of work (60% of final marks)
  • Component 2 - Externally set assignment (40% of final marks)

A Level

  • Component 1 - Personal Investigation (60% of final marks)
  • Component 2 - Externally set assignment (40% of final marks)

Non-examination assessments set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Exam Board


Teacher's Tip

Choose Textile Design if:

  • You want to discover and explore new ideas, media and possibilities.
  • You are prepared to learn through mistakes.
  • You are happy to takes risks and experiment.