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Art and Design (Textiles)

The course of study is broadly based on respect of knowledge, understanding, making and investigating.  Pupils must produce practical and critical/contextual work associated with two or more of the following areas of study: Fine Art, Geographic Communication, Three-Dimensional Design, Textile Design and Photography.

Pupils will be guided through a range of skills, processes, media materials and techniques in order to gain experience in all areas covered in the course and develop to their own aptitudes, interests and abilities.  The specification requires pupils to develop understanding of Art and Design through practical activities of making and investigating and through evaluating their own work and the work of artists, crafts persons and designers from different periods, cultures and traditions.


Art and Design (Textiles)
This course is for pupils who are seriously considering working in a creative business environment. Pupils need to show that they are interested in a variety of textiles materials and techniques, are willing to be experimental and imaginative in their approach to the course and have the ability to work hard.

How are the topics/units structured?

Unit 1 - Patterns
Unit 2 - Self-Directed Project
Unit 3 - Externally set Examination Unit


Art and Design (Textiles)

Component 1 - Generating ideas in Art and Design

In this component, pupils will develop practical research and investigation skills.  These skills will enable pupils to develop an understanding of how artists and designers produce work for a specific purpose.  Pupils will then apply practical ideas, generation techniques and consider commercial applications for their ideas and communicate them visually.  This component will enable pupils to inform and improve their own practice for progression to further training or education.  Pupils will develop transferable skills such as research, investigation and interpretation.

Component 2 -  Develop practical skills in Art and Design

In this component, pupils will develop practical Art and Design skills and explore techniques.  Pupils will have the opportunity to work across a range of media used in Art and Design practice.  Pupils will take part in workshops and classes in which they  practise skills with materials, techniques and processes.  Throughout their skills development, pupils will review their own progress and consider how they can make improvements.  Pupils will then learn how to communicate their process and outcome to show their skills development.  The ability to learn and apply new practical skills through a process of development, reflection and refinement is highly valued in the creative industries.  This component will help pupils to progress to Level 2 or Level 3 vocational and academic qualifications.

Component 3 - Responding to a Client Brief

In this component, pupils will interpret a client brief that is asking them to produce specific art or design work for an identified audience.  Pupils will use their skills to understand the constraints and the requirements of the brief.  Pupils will use planning and organisation skills to ensure that the work can progress and develop in a structured way.

How will pupils be assessed?

Exam Weight:
Controlled Test Examination (40%) is initially assessed in school and marked by a visiting moderator.
Coursework Weight:
Coursework (60%) is internally assessed and externally moderated.


Art and Design
Exam Weight - Unit 3 is an externally assessed unit set by the board.  This is carried out during the last few months of the two year course.  This unit has a slightly larger weighting that the other two.
Coursework Weight - All work carried out on the course goes towards the final grade.

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