Textiles A Level

Course Highlights:

The Clothes Show, Birmingham.
Young handbag designer of the year competition- two of our students out of ten nationally became finalists in the live catwalk show, after which they had the opportunity to meet Professor Caryn Franklin.
Bespoke corsetry workshop with Caroline La di Da, visiting artist.
Subtraction Cutting Workshop, pioneered by Julian Roberts of the London College of Fashion.

Course minimum entry requirements:
Ideally a grade 5 or equivalent in GCSE Textiles or Art and Design.

Desirable skills:

  • Creative approach
  • Resilience
  • Flair for art and design

Other subjects that work well with this course are:
Art and photography

Why study Textiles at A Level?
Fashion and Textiles at FUS is a vibrant and challenging course which aims to provide students with a diverse skill set and awareness of career opportunities post Sixth Form study. We encourage independent personal research and self-expression. Students develop their ideas based around exciting themes and respond to live project briefs, including the national ‘British Style Collective’ annual Young Designer Competition. Our course allows students to develop an awareness of the fashion and textiles industry through visits to prominent exhibitions, craft spaces and universities, reflecting on how designers are inspired by the world around us. Visiting artists, recent graduates and practical workshops are a regular feature of the course which enables strong networks with local and national artists, designers and makers.

Course overview
Students will primarily learn through doing, acquiring a diverse range of practical making skills; using sewing machines, CAD and textile art media. Critical and contextual studies reflecting current and historical practitioners, will inform and inspire personal responses. Peer assessment, student led learning and teamwork are a key element of the course.
Practical processes include: Textile design; surface pattern and print, batik, silk painting and screen. Fashion illustration, marketing and promotion, garment construction, CAD, laser cutting and freehand machine embroidery techniques.
Artist led workshops, both on and off site. Exhibition visit.
Fashion and textile design, pattern cutting and dressmaking.

Students studying Textiles will:

  • Have a chance to take part in a local catwalk show
  • Embrace a diverse range of fashion and textile processes
  • Consider issues such as fashion promotion, advertising and sustainable design.
  • Investigate different aspects of fashion and textiles within a wider global context – future of design practice, sustainability and advertising campaigns.

Progression routes and future careers
Fashion: designer, illustration, promotion, advertising, marketing, photography, dressmaker, accessories, jewellery, tailor, curator, costume, hair and make-up, film. Textiles: surface pattern and print designer, weave, knit, textile artist, craftsperson, visual merchandiser, fashion promotion and marketing, retail, buyer, specialist crafts, museum and galleries, educator.