Level: AS / A2
Examination Board / website: AQA
Written Examinations: (Unit titles, duration, % weighting):
AS - 2 hours Written Paper based around materials and components, market influence and industrial practices – 25% of the total A level marks
A2 – 2 hours written paper - 25% of the total A level mark
Practical Examinations: n/a
Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates) :
AS - Coursework (portfolio of several projects) – 25% of the total A level marks submitted at the beginning of April
A2 - Design and make task portfolio – 25% of total A level marks submitted in the middle of April
This course is designed to encourage students to take a broad view of Textiles Design and Technology, to develop their capacity to design and make different Textiles products and to appreciate the complex relations between trends, design, materials, manufacture and marketing.
Through theory and practical lessons students will have wide opportunities to learn about Textiles materials and components, Fashion trends and Fashion designers of 20th century, to develop good practical skills in fabric decoration and garment construction and to understand historic and modern industrial practices and design movements.
As with all Design related subjects, Graphics are an integral part and students are encouraged to communicate their thinking clearly and represent their ideas graphically.
In Year 12 students build up a portfolio of several smaller Design and Make projects as well as having a theory session every week as a preparation for the Theory exam at the end of May.
In Year 13 students work on one major Design and Make project of their choice as well as having theory lessons for the final exam preparation.
Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:
- Interest in Fashion and trends
- Interest in drawing and design
- Ability to draw or at least willing to draw
- Basic ability to use a sewing machine or a willingness to learn fast
- Willingness to work long hours
Goes well with: Art, Photography, Media
Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:
Possible courses: Fashion design courses, Art and Design foundation courses, Design courses, Fashion promotion course, Fashion studies, Fashion design and marketing, Fashion management, European Fashion, Costumes for stage and screen courses, Clothing engineering and management
Possible careers: Fashion designer working freelance or for a fashion house, Fashion/Retail buyer, Textiles (fabric) Designer, Pattern cutter, Fibre technologist, Fabric technologist, Textiles colourist, Cutting room manager, Warehouse manager, Production manager, Fashion journalist, Costume designer and so on.
For further information, please contact:
Mrs A. Gavartin, Head of Design and Technology