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Do you have an interest in Fashion Design and want to learn how to design and construct your own garments? In A Level Textile Design you will explore a range of high level creative techniques and processes that will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of shape, form, texture, pattern and colour.

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a Grade 4 in a relevant GCSE Art/Design subject. If students have not taken a GCSE Art subject, then a portfolio of work will be considered. General entry criteria also applies.

For further information on the pathways, please click here.


NOTE: 3 Art & Design subjects cannot be studied together

You will develop your skills through studying a diverse range of topics and techniques, including:

  • Fashion design
  • Machine embroidery
  • Felt making
  • Fabric manipulation
  • Pattern cutting


Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

Studying for an A Level in Textile Design is an enriching experience. On this inspiring course, you’ll be given the ultimate freedom to unleash your creativity through experimentation. Working with a wide range of materials and processes, you will develop your design skills and pinpoint your strengths and areas of interests allowing you to express yourself creatively and imaginatively.

Under the direction of our inspiring and knowledgeable Textile Design teachers, you will be encouraged to express yourself creatively and discover where your passions lie. You’ll therefore gain not only a professional portfolio of work, but also an impressive range of transferable skills which will be well respected by employers and universities alike.

You will be encouraged to build on your cultural capital through a range of extra-curricular opportunities, from guest workshops to residential visits abroad. In past years, our Textile Design students:

  • Experienced art and culture in European cities
  • Took part in guest artist workshops
  • Exhibited work in an end of year showcase
  • Took part in an end of year Fashion Showcase

The assessment is coursework with a practical examination. Please speak to our team for further details.

An A Level in Textile Design will support your progression to careers such as Fashion, Textile Design, Interior Design and Costume Design. Many of our students progress to related degrees and some have gone on to work for world leading organisations including Max Mara and Versace.

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Our students enjoy a range of extracurricular experiences including trips to scenic cities such as Venice, and the opportunity to showcase their designs at an Annual Fashion Show at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. 

Where Are They Now?

Amelia Barnes

Fashion Design and Marketing at Northumbria University

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