Study option                                   Exam board                         Specification code

A Level two-year course                   AQA                                                       7204/C/X

Why choose art and design: textiles?

“You can find inspiration in anything, and if you can’t, look again.” Paul Smith

The study of textiles encourages you to develop your intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers. It encourages investigative, analytical, experimental, practical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement. It encourages an understanding of the inter-relationship between art/craft and design.

Where can it lead?

The course can lead to a foundation course in art and design and degree courses in fashion design/textile design and interior design, or fashion foundation and illustration, museum and gallery display or textile conservation. Other leads include fashion promotion/ merchandising, footwear design, textile science and technology.

What and how will I study?

Areas of study include:

  • Constructed and installed textiles
  • Printed and/or dyed fabric and materials
  • Domestic textiles, wallpaper and interior design
  • Fashion

The course consists of two units of work which will be examined. This involves one personal investigation and a controlled test or exam of fifteen hours.

How will I be assessed?

Level Name Duration Weighting
A Level Personal investigation Continuous 60%
A Level Externally set assignment 15 hours plus preparatory period 40%

Personal investigation

You are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by you and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates your ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.

The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.

Externally set assignment

You will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points and the supervised time is 15 hours.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

You do not need to have taken textiles at GCSE; to study textiles to A Level all you need is enthusiasm, commitment, hard work and a sense of humour!