A Level Textile Design explores several techniques, methods and disciplines including:

• Fashion design
• Surface pattern
• Machine embroidery
• Felt making
• Dyeing
• Hand and machine stitching
• Pattern cutting
• Garment construction 

General College entry requirements apply, plus a Grade 4 in GCSE Textiles or a relevant GCSE Art subject. If students have not taken a GCSE Art subject, then a portfolio of work will be considered. 

You will experience a wide range of textile techniques and processes during your first year, including stitch, dye, felt, embroidery and garment construction to develop understanding of shape, form, pattern, texture and colour. The course consists of practical coursework projects based on a range of themes where the work of artists and designers will influence your own designs. You are encouraged to visit galleries and exhibitions in order to view artwork first hand.

The Textiles programme provides you with the opportunity to express yourself imaginatively and creatively using a range of media. At the end of each year you will be able to participate in our spectacular showcase event where you will model your own garments down the catwalk at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. 

You will be assessed throughout the course, with a timed exam project at the end of the year. 


There is potential for you to progress onto a wide range of university degrees leading to careers in fashion design, costume design, fashion buying and marketing, surface pattern, textile design and more. You can also apply to do a one year Foundation Diploma here at the College.

Past students have successfully completed creative degrees at Nottingham Trent University, Edinburgh University, Northumbria, Loughborough, Westminster and Chelsea College. 

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