Our Textiles course is the culmination of your creative schooling.

We can support you in achieving outstanding results as well as honing significant design skills and diverse technical processes. We are proud of the confidence our students display through their practice, cleverly creating innovative solutions to exciting briefs.

We are a small but thriving department of specialist and committed teaching staff, with superb facilities enabling you to make the most of your abilities. We have a distinguished record of success in placing students at leading universities and on sought after courses and believe that our Sixth Form experience equips students with transferable skills to achieve considerable success in their chosen fields. The A Level Textiles pathway may be followed in partnership with other Art & Design courses, or complimented with a variety of options on offer at South Craven.

What will I study?

You will experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques to exciting briefs, which will develop your skills in:

  • Computer aided technology
  • Constructed dyed and printed textiles
  • Fabric manipulation
  • Recycling and decorative embellishing techniques
  • Traditional and contemporary technologies
  • Traditional handicrafts

How will I be assessed?

  • You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and an externally set assignment
  • This includes a practical element undertaken in exam conditions and supported by preparatory work

Further Education and Careers in Textiles

What can I study with a Textiles qualification?

Courses you could study at university include:
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Fine Art
  • Marketing
  • Photography and Film

What career could I have with a Textiles qualification?

Careers which require an Textiles qualification include:
  • Clothing / Textile Technologist
  • Colour Technologist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Interior and Spatial Designer
  • Textile Designer

Thinking of studying Textiles in September 2021?

Take a look at this bridging work in preparation for your course.

  • Get yourself prepared by researching the websites of the V&AFashion and Textiles MuseumBath Museum of Costume and Platt Hall Costume Museum
  • Reading around the subject could include History of Costume and historically how fashion has progressed from the first ever “designer” Charles Frederic Worth in the 1800’s up to designers of today
  • Consider selecting two designers that you find interesting and exciting - maybe they have changed the face of fashion by taking women out of the corset, putting them in mini skirts or androgynous dressing. They don’t have to be current or living; one of the two you select could be a historical designer.  Undertake some research in readiness for Yr12 by collecting images, quotes, read articles that have been written on your chosen designers and any interviews they may have given
  • If you have any materials at home think about drawing and recording anything you have available which is inspiring in terms of colour, pattern, shape or texture
  • You could set up your own still life with interesting garments, and accessories
  • If you have access to other resources such as fabrics, threads and yarns, maybe you could teach yourself to knit, crochet, learn how to make tassels, read a garment pattern and make something!