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The Textile Department at Jersey College For Girls offers our students a stimulating and challenging environment in which they develop their creative and scholarly potential through the study and practice of the Fashion and Textiles. The excellent facilities, expert staff, and extensive resources found at JCG promote the success of the students.

Our mission is to inspire, educate, and fully prepare our gifted students to become exceptional designers.  The textiles department is an exciting learning environment where the students can explore, create and develop the skills that attribute to the creation and the appreciation of textile and fashion design.

GCSE

COURSE CONTENT:

GCSE Textile design is a diverse and exciting option, providing students with the opportunity to complete an in-depth, practical study of a range of approaches to creative fashion and textiles design within an Art context. Students will be encouraged to explore their own individual style and interests throughout a series of varied and challenging projects which will enable them to try many new and experimental materials and techniques. Students are introduced to a wide variety of textile media, including print, surface decoration, fabric manipulation and hand and machine embroidery. Students will have the opportunity to create art pieces, interior and fashion items using traditional or non-traditional methods. Drawing skills for textiles and fashion design will be developed using various media. Students will be encouraged to develop their own ideas and to produce a body of work on set and chosen themes, this consists of practical work and relevant research into historical and contemporary textiles or fashion.

AREAS OF STUDY INCLUDE:

  • Fashion Design
  • Costume Design
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Constructed, Stitched and Embellished Textiles
  • 3D Textiles
  • Surface Pattern
  • Printed Textiles
  • Interior Textiles

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

AQA GCSE Art and Design-Textile Design

During the two years you will be completing two projects of portfolio work supported by sketchbooks, Preparatory work and a practical outcome.

  • 60%  Portfolio Work - Controlled Assessment comprising of two themes 
  • 40%  Externally Set Task – 10 hour practical exam

You will answer one question (design brief) from the exam paper, which is issued in January of the exam year. This is the preparatory period in which to research, develop your ideas and plan your final realisation. You will then make and complete your final outcome in the ten hour exam in April/May.

All work is internally marked and externally moderated by AQA.

The assessment objectives are:-

  • A01: Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
  • A02: Refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • A03: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions in visual and/or other forms.
  • A04: Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

TRIPS, OPPORTUNITIES AND PROGRESSION

Students completing the Art & Design (Textile Design) course will gain the necessary skills to continue their artistic development at further or higher education level. The course offers a broad skills base which equips students to go onto Fashion & Textiles courses. There are increasingly more opportunities for employment within Art and Design especially fashion and textiles such as: Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Buying, Trend Prediction, Textiles Design, Knitwear Design, Surface Pattern Design, Printed Textile Design, Interior Design, and Costume Design. Students on the course will have the opportunity to have hands on experience with renowned artists and practitioners which will lead to furthering their skills and gain an insight into career possibilities within the textile and fashion industry. There will also be opportunities to visit galleries, to participate in fashion events and workshops, and to showcase their achievement in public exhibitions.

ENTRY REQUIRMENTS

Whilst an aptitude for textiles, fashion or art and design is desirable, no previous experience in textiles is necessary to embark on this course.

A Level

WHY STUDY A’LEVEL TEXTILES?

A ‘Level Textiles is a diverse and exciting option, providing students with the opportunity to complete an in-depth, practical study of a range of approaches to creative fashion and textiles design within an Art context. Students will be encouraged to explore their own individual style and interests throughout a series of varied and challenging projects which will enable them to try many new and experimental materials and techniques. Students are introduced to a wide variety of textile media, including print, surface decoration, fabric manipulation and hand and machine embroidery. Students will have the opportunity to create art pieces, interior and fashion items using traditional or non-traditional methods. Drawing skills for textiles and fashion design will be developed using various media. Students will be encouraged to develop their own ideas and to produce a body of work on set and chosen themes, this consists of practical work and relevant research into historical and contemporary textiles or fashion.

AREAS OF STUDY INCLUDE:

  • Fashion Design
  • Costume Design
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Constructed, Stitched and Embellished Textiles
  • 3D Textiles
  • Surface Pattern
  • Printed Textiles
  • Interior Textiles

THE COURSE:

YEAR 12: You have the opportunity to have hands on experience with renowned artists and practitioners which will lead to a collection of many different textiles samples, recordings, and outcomes from various starting points. This year’s emphasis is on experimentation, research, development and investigation. You will complete a series of short practical modules designed to build confidence in experimentation and sampling in a variety of media and techniques. From January to March you will be preparing for your A level practical mock, you will have up to 6 weeks planning: artists, experimenting, recording and preparation to produce final outcome/outcomes during a 10 hour practical mock exam. This is good practice and preparation for your personal investigation and controlled assessment in Year 13.

YEAR 13: The emphasis on this year will be on completing a set of final pieces. You will complete one extensive coursework project called a Personal Investigation, this is a major project that has personal significance and includes a related personal study (final essay up to 2,000 words). You need to immerse yourself into work by various artists who will influence the direction of your study, experiment towards a final piece and record visually and in writing – worth 60%. There is also a controlled assessment (worth 40%) delivered in a very similar way to your mock in Year 12. In the Controlled Assessment you will have up to 6 weeks planning: artists, experimenting, recording and preparation to produce final outcome/outcomes during a 15 hour practical exam.

TRIPS, OPPORTUNITIES AND PROGRESSION

Students completing the Art & Design (Textile Design) course will gain the necessary skills to continue their artistic development at higher education level. The course offers a broad skills base which equips students to go onto Fashion & Textiles degree courses. There are increasingly more opportunities for employment within Art and Design especially fashion and textiles such as: Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Buying, Trend Prediction, Textiles Design, Knitwear Design, Surface Pattern Design, Printed Textile Design, Interior Design, and Costume Design. Students on the course will have the opportunity to have hands on experience with renowned artists and practitioners which will lead to furthering their skills and gain an insight into career possibilities within the textile and fashion industry. There will also be opportunities to visit galleries and fashion houses abroad, to participate in fashion events and workshops, and to showcase their achievement in public exhibitions.

ENTRY REQUIRMENTS

Whilst an aptitude for textiles, fashion or art and design is desirable, no previous experience in textiles is necessary to embark on this course.

Reading List and Online Resources

  • Embroidery Magazine- A high quality publication packed with inspirational articles and ideas for everyone from seasoned embroiderers to keen hobbyists with a passion for textile art and fabric.
  • Selvedge Magazine- Selvedge spans the arc of fine textiles, with regular features on interiors, travel, fashion and shopping.
  • Art Fiber Now- Fiber Art Now is a quarterly print magazine and boasts a thriving and vibrant network of artists, collectors, enthusiasts and experts. Its aim is to inspire and connect the modern-day fiber arts and textiles community.
  • Crafts Magazine- The magazine has the clear aim of reaching a wide audience in order to increase and diversify the range of people interested in contemporary craft, which means it’s always full of varied and interesting articles.
  • Surface Design Journal- The Surface Design Journal is aimed at an international market and the content of the magazine focuses on contemporary textile and fiber art with coverage of conceptualisation, process and materials required for various techniques and forms.
  • World of Interiors- Interior design magazine
  • Vogue Magazine
  • Embellished New Vintage – Eye-catching, sophisticated, and visually engaging, Embellished contrasts vintage objects with cutting-edge contemporary fashion and textiles.
  • Hand Stitch Perspectives by Jane McKeating and Alice Kettle- encompasses written and illustrated contributions, exploring hand stitch practice as a means of underpinning cultural, economic and social change.
  • Diana Springall: A Brave Eye by June Hill- A Brave Eye offers a fascinating insight into the life, work and impact of Diana Springall, one of the UK’s most respected embroiderers and a tireless advocate of the craft itself.
  • Art Textiles of the World-Textile Art and Craft from around the world, featuring renowned textile artists.
  • Alexander McQueen-Victoria and Albert Museum•
  • Use the feedback you received on a piece of work and improve it
  • Annotate your work to realise your best intentions
  • The more you practice your skills the better the outcome will be
  • Practice makes progress !!
  • Create a few mock ups of your final designs and outcomes.
  • Use the GCSE assessment grid to self-assess your work and discuss you action plan and improvements with your teacher.
  • Pinterest
  • TextileArt
  • Thisiscolossal.com
  • The Jealous Curator Blog
  • canvas.saatchiart.com
  • Booooooom.com
  • We-Heart.com