Exam Board: AQA

Would you like to explore and experiment with a range of textiles, media and techniques? How can patterns, motifs, colour and textures be developed into fashion and textile designs? How do other artists and designers produce and get inspiration for their work?

You will be given the space to be creative in our School of Art & Design that offers students a professional, modern environment with its five large teaching studios.


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including a grade 4 in English and at least a grade 4 in GCSE Art & Design (Fine Art, Unendorsed, Textiles or Design Technology).

Students without these requirements who have career ambitions requiring Textiles will be interviewed by the Head of Department to establish whether progression on this course is possible.


Is this course for me?

  • You are a creative designer and problem solver who is willing to follow a given brief to produce your own work.
  • You want to combine practical and technological skills with an interest in fashion, interior design or textiles art.
  • You enjoy opportunities to develop independence of mind, explore your own ideas, refine your skills and produce your own art work.


Where does it lead?

You will develop creative, analytical and evaluation skills necessary for success in a broad range of design careers. Many students progress into Higher Education in a wide variety of Fine Art fields and disciplines. You can either apply to study a higher level qualification direct from college or, more often, complete a one year Art, Design and Media Foundation Diploma which will help you to decide which specialist qualification to apply for. You can complete the Art, Design and Media Foundation Diploma here at Birkenhead Sixth Form College.

The creative industries are one of the biggest employers in the UK. Art and Design related subjects are valuable for careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, fashion design, graphic design, architecture, publishing and the media.


What will I learn?

Year 1

Coursework Portfolio

You will take part in a number of taught workshops to improve and expand your use of textiles media and techniques. You will also develop your drawing and observation skills. You will complete projects where you will design and make a final work for assessment.

Working to a Brief

You will research and work to an externally provided brief. You will collect observations, experiment with media and techniques, develop ideas and create a final product within a timed period.


Year 2

Coursework Portfolio
You will work on extended personal projects within a broad given theme to produce an initial studies essay, an experimentation, development work and a final piece.

Working to a Brief
You will work from an externally provided starting point to produce critical studies, observation, experimentation, development work and a final piece within a given time period.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework (60%) and exam projects (40%) which you will complete in the studio within a fixed time period. Guidance and support will also be provided to ensure that you develop the analysis and written skills required to undertake these tasks.


What activities can I get involved in?

You will have the opportunity to take part in visits to local Art Galleries, events and exhibitions such as the Liverpool Biennial or at the FACT gallery. You will also work with and learn from artists and designers visiting the College, including a talk from a professional working within the Computer Games industry. You will have the chance to produce work for local and national competitions and see it exhibited both externally and within College at the end of term.


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