Curriculum – KS5 Textiles

Examination Board: Edexcel

Units Taken: A Level Textile Design 9TE0

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Course Content

In Textiles we work broadly and creatively within the realm of Textiles media; Screen Printing, Knitting, Weaving and Sewing.

Students follow a dynamic course structure that focuses on skill development, whilst at the same time encouraging the expression of individual creativity.
Students are required to visit a range of contemporary art galleries and museums to support their developing ideas and attend weekly life drawing sessions held on-site.

We offer a biennial school art trip to New York City.


Skills Gained from Taking this Course

Students explore and develop skills in Printing (screen/heat transfer printing), Knitting (hand/machine), Sewing (hand/machine) and weaving (hand /frame).

Final outcomes are varied and students are encouraged to become strong independent thinkers.


St Marylebone Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the sixth form at St Marylebone School, students must gain a minimum of five 9-6 grades at GCSE and a 5 grade in English and Maths GCSE.


Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in Art or Art Textiles GCSE.


Entry Suggestions

Sixth Form Textile Design requires students to develop the skills to:

  • Record experiences and observations, mainly in visual form.
  • Undertake research and gather, select and organise visual and other appropriate information.
  • Explore relevant resources; analyse, discuss and evaluate images, objects and artefacts; make and record independent judgements.
  • Use knowledge and understanding of the work of others to develop and extend thinking and inform own work.
  • Generate and explore potential lines of enquiry using appropriate media and techniques.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding in making images and artefacts; review and modify work, and plan and develop ideas in the light of own and others’ evaluations.
  • Organise, select and communicate ideas, solutions and responses, and present them in a range of visual, tactile and/or sensory forms.

If you are made an offer, you will be expected to complete the following before your first lesson in September:

1. Go to a gallery and create an A3 gallery sheet including a study in pencil or pen made whilst standing in front of a piece of art that interests and inspires you. Add annotation around the drawing to show ideas and thoughts that go through your mind whilst looking at the work.

2. Take a set of 5 photographs as a response to the theme or composition of the artists’ work that you studied in the gallery. This could involve setting up a scenario and then photographing it or going to a location to take photos. Make sure at least 3 of these photos are close up and show detail of the object/ idea you are investigating.

3. Create one sustained A3 study or response from 2 of these photos (it can be a drawing, painting or a sculpture) in any media that suits you.

4. Self reflection task: Write about which areas of your GCSE work you felt most proud and confident. What went really well? Write about which areas of your GCSE work you struggled with. Where do you need to improve for your AS? What is it that fascinates you and what would you like your art to be about? Create an A3 page with images supporting your writing (minimum of 500 words).

5. Buy or even better make a small sketchbook and create a visual diary over the summer holiday. Try to sketch every day for about 15 minutes. Explore different media and techniques. For inspiration look at the Access Art link: http://www.accessart.org.uk/?p=13725


Resources Needed for this Course:

All resources are provided, but students are asked to pay subs.