A-LEVEL Art and Textile Design


The Art and Textile Design course focuses on creative skills, techniques and processes associated with fine art textiles and fashion, exploring both decorative and constructed textiles.

Subject requirements:

Minimum GCSE of 5 in Art or Textiles + ONE of EACH of the following from GCSE or personal portfolios (e.g. in Powerpoint presentation, one image per slide): observational drawing; work showing good use of media; research piece on artist or designer; final piece of artwork or design; your favourite, most successful piece of work

Teacher contact - Mrs C Wyman Smith

Course Content 

Year 12 

Component 1: Consists of your ‘Portfolio of Work’, during which you will experience a wide range of approaches, including printed, dyed, embellished, stitched, and constructed textiles. You will explore specialisms associated with textile art and fashion design within your Portfolio.  

Component 2: ‘Non exam assessment’ set within school. You choose one question and complete preparatory work in the lead-in period before your final ten-hour practical exam at the end of the course.  

Year 13  

A-Level: 60% coursework, 40% exam  

Component 1: Consists of the ‘Personal Investigation’, based on a theme, concept or starting point of your choice. This will allow you to study either fine art, constructed and decorative textiles, or garment design and construction. You will use your understanding of textile artists and designers to develop your own practical work. The Personal Investigation includes a compulsory written element of 1,000–3,000 words.  

Component 2: ‘Externally set assignment’, worth 40% of your A-Level. The project involves a lead in period of preparatory work followed by 15-hours of ‘supervised time’, in which you complete your final piece at the end of the course. 

Assessment Criteria  

Objective 1: Developing ideas/using reference/sustainment Assessment  

Objective 2: Experimentation/refection/ technical expertise Assessment  

Objective 3: Recording/research/ observations Assessment  

Objective 4: Personal response 

Exam Board: AQA A-Level: 7204/C and 7204/X 

Are you interested in:

  • Textile media and materials?
  • Fashion design?
  • Fine art textiles?
  • Interior design?
  • Art?

Leading to a career in:

  • Design: Costume, Fashion and Soft Furnishings
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Textiles
  • Stylist
  • Fashion Buying

This subject goes well with:

  • Product Design
  • Business
  • Media Studies