What is the A level about?
The Textiles A level at d’Overbroeck’s is a creative but demanding course. Its emphasis is on Fine Art constructed textiles with a wearable, interior or expressive textile outcome. It involves both practical work and critical appreciation.
At d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form, we have a dynamic and individual-centred approach to Textiles A level – one that emphasises flexibility and creativity. Although technique is a vital element of the course, we are above all interested in allowing you to develop your own voice; your own artistic style and opinions.
What does the A level consist of?
In the first term you will work begin by exploring art work for Textiles including Drawing and Mark Making. You will then have the opportunity to extend your skills.
Textile techniques including; machine embroidery, embellishing, pleating, silk screen and block printing, dyeing and scorching.
In addition, you will explore the formal elements of scale and proportion and the manipulation of fabrics. You are taught how to layout sketchbooks through a selection and refining process and how to develop and capture your own ideas through recording techniques and analysing samples. Textile students’ work is placed in a wider context by studying Fine art and Textile practitioners, learning from their styles and techniques.
In the first term students work on a coursework project of their choice; in the second and third terms, they focus on their final exam project.
Whom does the subject suit?
If you are already aiming to apply to Art school or work as an Textile designer, you are likely to already be interested in – and suited to – Textile A level. You will find that the course offers plenty of opportunity to hone your skills and develop as a practitioner.
The course is not, however, solely suitable for aspiring career artists/designers; it could make an excellent addition to your A level programme, whatever your ambitions may be. Textiles may broaden the scope of an otherwise primarily essay-based or scientific selection of subjects.
Your Textiles GCSE grade is probably the best indication of your ability to pursue the A level, but most importantly, studying Textiles at this level requires a type of student who can engage well with the subject and who is capable and keen to be working outside their normal timetable.
What might the subject lead to?
Students frequently go on to take up places on foundation courses at top UK Art schools. In recent years, for instance, students have been offered places at University of Arts, London Colleges such as Central St Martins.
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