Art & Design (Textiles)


This hands-on, two-year course focuses on printed, dyed and constructed textile design. You’ll be exposed to a variety of media and a wide range of 2-D and 3-D work that will enable you to build a portfolio of exciting, textile-based art.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Art and design apprentice, buyer, costume designer, theatre designer, and interior designer.

Art and design in fashion, textile design, interior design, interior decorating, costume, and theatre design.

Topics you'll cover


    • Practical coursework
    • Batique techniques
    • Felt making
    • Tie-dye techniques
    • Stitching
    • Mark making
    • Inks and bleach
    • Weaving
    • Dissertation.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Practical portfolio and a written investigation (1,000 – 3,000 words) 
  • Portfolio of work and a 15-hour exam 
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English and art
  • Portfolio of drawings recommended.

What students say about the course

"Textiles is a unique and creative subject. It has a friendly environment that encourages you to express yourself and find inspiration in the world around you. Surrounded by your peers and supportive teachers, there is no shortage of smiles and helpful advice. There are multiple skills and techniques you are taught, that you can carry with you through your whole life. It’s definitely a way for me to escape, and show my creative side. You get amazing opportunities to go to museums and even on a trip see beautiful art in Barcelona."

Alisha Oldbury, previously at Oasis Academy Mayfield

Additional information

The specialist Art Studio contains a textile print table, lino presses and batik / screen-printing facilities in an open plan environment, including an Art History and Design library seminar room with access to computers.

You will be expected to purchase sketchbooks throughout the course. You will need to purchase a selection of individual drawing and painting materials for home / independent work and some textile materials. There will be a studio fee of £25 per year to cover the cost of a range of materials, workbooks, specialist papers and coursework books and folders.

If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. A copy of the course payment breakdown can also be found here: course payment breakdown.