Overview

Fashion & Textiles is an increasingly popular area of Art & Design. This two year course encourages a creative approach to textile design with an emphasis on Fashion, covering the creative, commercial and technical aspects of the industry.

Many former students have gone on to build successful careers in the Fashion industry and this A Level is designed to give students a head start.

What goes well with this course?

Some students might opt to combine the Fashion & Textiles A Level with courses such as A Level/BTEC Business or A Level Economics and move into a business field with a fashion element.  Other students select subjects such as English and Media with the aim of pursuing a career in journalism or creative media. 

All students enjoy the hands-on nature of the course and appreciate the contrast to more academic subjects. 

Progression

Students can use their portfolio of work developed during the course to assist them in applying for Art Foundation Courses or for Fashion related degrees such as:

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Buying
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Management, Marketing & Communication

Apprenticeships are also a popular route for those students not wanting to go to university. In previous years, Reigate College Fashion & Textiles students have successfully applied to the Arcadia Group to work as Merchandisers (while gaining retail-related qualifications at the Fashion Retail Academy).

Course Content

This course encourages a creative approach to Textile Design with an emphasis on Fashion. During the first year students will work on between three and five assignments, each one exploring a different aspect of Fashion and Textiles, including: 

  • Working in 2D and 3D media
  • Mastering practical skills such as pattern cutting, garment design and construction, drawing, photography and illustration. Fabric printing is taught alongside creative explorative workshops in traditional and new technologies
  • Understanding elements of textile design such as shape, line, scale, pattern and composition
  • Exploring other designers’ work and ideas
  • Examining major historical design styles and movements
  • Looking at the socio-economic influences on fashion, such as street culture and social media
  • Considering fashion from a commercial perspective

Students are expected to evaluate and assess their own work throughout the course.

In the spring of the second year, students will focus on a specialist area. This could be as broad-ranging as Menswear Design, Styling, Journalism, Millinery, Contour Design, Costume Design, Fashion Illustration and Photography, Fine Art Textiles or Surface Pattern Design.

One of the best outcomes of this course is the rich and varied portfolio of work that students will have to show at interview.

See some of our students’ recent work in the photo gallery.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Fashion & Textiles students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • Trips to art and fashion exhibitions in London, Brighton and Graduate Fashion week
  • Residential Art and Media trips to New York, Paris, Florence and Venice

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.

Assessment

The course is assessed by coursework (60%) and an externally set and marked project-based exam (40%), which students have seven weeks to prepare for.   

The exam board for this course is Eduqas

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Grade 5 in GCSE Art, Textiles or Graphic Design (if taken), or
  • Grade 4 in GCSE English Language

Students can still apply for a place on this course without a ‘creative’ GCSE but they will need to create and present a portfolio of work that demonstrates drawing, constuction and creative skills that relate to the Fashion & Textiles course. 

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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