A Level

Exam Board: A Level Textiles – AQA

Course Summary

“When I put my signature on a dress, I regard myself as the
creator of a work of art.” – Paul Poiret

This course is based on textiles and fashion as an art form. Enthusiasm, creativity, originality and self-discipline are all important attributes required. Textiles encourages you to be highly inventive and innovative with materials, processes and techniques. Inspired by your own observations, concepts, historical and contemporary artists and designers, you will explore fashion and textiles as art forms through body adornment, garment, millinery, sculpture, textile art and/or

Entry Requirements

  • Studying Art and/ or Design at GCSE, and having access to a sewing machine at home, is advantageous but not essential.



  • Machine & Hand Embroidery
  • Transfer and Mono-printing
  • Paper, Fabric, Plastic and Heat Manipulation
  • Collage & Assemblage
  • Constructed Techniques in Weave, Knit & Macrame
  • Hand Rendered Photographic Experimentation
  • Digital Manipulation
  • Paper Manipulation
  • Fashion Illustration Techniques
  • Mastery of Skills
  • Design & Visualisation
  • Focused studio time on Sustained Outcomes
  • Articulation – Verbally Discussing Contexts and Ideas
  • Self Promotion through Portfolio Development & Pitch Presentation
  • Reflection & Critical Analysis of Personal Work and that of others

Why choose this course?

  • First-class facilities, including dedicated art studios
  • Passionate teaching staff, who are artists in their own right
  • Opportunity to continue this subject with our post-A Level UAL accredited Art Foundation Course
  • Students benefit from visiting artists who deliver lectures and workshops on their craft
  • Opportunity to enter various national art competitions and to exhibit work in end of year Art Show.

Where might it lead?

Students often go on to study and employment in Fashion, Stage and Screen Costume, Footwear Design, Printed Textiles, Constructed Textiles, Embroidered Textiles, Applied Arts, Jewellery Design, Crafts, Ceramics, Glass, Plastics, Interior Design, Styling, Promotion, Forecasting, Fashion Photography, Fashion, Journalism, Curatorship, Sculpture, Fashion Makeup and Special Effects.


This class has a mixture of:

  • 40% Externally-Set Practical Assignment
  • 60% Personal Investigation


Shaun Walker

"The lessons at Barton are very engaging and the teachers give you as much support as you need."

Read more about Shaun and some of our other students.