Entry requirementsA minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language (grade 4). You will have studied Textiles, Art or Graphics at GCSE, achieving an A*-B grade. We would be happy to look at a range of your work at interview.
What will I study?The course provides students with the opportunity to learn and develop a range of skills in relation to felt making, silk paper making, hand and machine embroidery, various methods of print and surface decoration, fabric manipulation, pattern cutting and garment construction. This is taught initially through a six week induction period at the beginning of the AS year, and then through personal responses to unit themes and externally set assignments provided by the exam board.
Students produce a body of work for all units, following the art process from initial research and starting points, through development and experimentation towards a final response in the form of a finished piece. Alongside their development work, students research a range of relevant artists and designers to gain inspiration for their own creative ideas and themes. Students will also analyse existing designs, extracting techniques and methods of working, which can be mapped onto practical experimentations.
Students' studio-based practice is contextualised with visits to exhibitions of contemporary art alongside references to work in the College Gallery and the library's excellent facilities. Also, during the summer term students' outstanding achievements are celebrated in an exhibition of work as part of the final show.
The Textiles programme provides students with the opportunity to express themselves imaginatively and creatively using a range of media. It is a demanding course but very enjoyable and rewarding.
Good course combinationsThis course combines well with most other A Levels although students should not study more than two of the Art and Design options as they are coursework based subjects which require a lot of time and dedication.
CostsA contribution of £40 is payable at the start of the course as a contribution towards materials. This enables students to use the wealth of art / textile materials and facilities available at the College.
How will I be assessed?In each year there are two units, a coursework unit and an externally set assignment (exam).
Students are provided with regular feedback throughout the units, with detailed feedback at the end of each unit in relation to assessment objectives outlined by the exam board. It is important that students reflect on the feedback provided in order to improve their existing and future work and fulfil their potential.
What could it lead to?Having an A Level in a creative subject is an essential starting point if students want to pursue Art and Design and apply straight to university. After completing their A Levels, students can apply to do a one year post A Level Art and Design Diploma in Foundation Studies course. Having this qualification enables students to progress to a more specialist area within Art and Design such as Advertising, Costume Design, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Special Effects for Cinema, Photography, 3D Product Design, Sculpture, Textiles and more. The Foundation course helps students determine the most appropriate Art and Design degree specialism for them, and is offered at York College. Past students have successfully completed creative degrees at Nottingham Trent University, Edinburgh University and Wimbledon School of Art; London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, or have gone on to study Fashion Marketing, Journalism or Merchandising.
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