Textile Design

This exciting and diverse course is for creative minds who enjoy working in a tactile form. We will give you the opportunity to learn about traditional and contemporary processes. You will explore printed, stitched, constructed and manipulated textiles. You will have the opportunity to make a garment and/ or learn how to create Fine Art textiles. You will be encouraged to explore personal interests whilst also referencing key designers and artists from group visits to exhibitions. Guest artists will host workshops to give a professional context to your work. At the end of the year our students exhibit their work in our Art and Design show at The Lightbox Gallery in Woking and enjoy their seeing their work in the Annual College Fashion Show.

What skills will I develop?

You will be encouraged to experiment using traditional and contemporary techniques.

You will use a range of exciting new techniques: printed, stitched, constructed and manipulated textiles through the exploration of pattern ,shape, texture and colour.

You will have the opportunity to make a garment and/ or learn how to create Fine Art textiles.

You will explore the work of Artists and Designers to inspire your own developing creative work.

Your sketchbooks will be filled with your thoughts, experiments and plans.

You will be required to explain your ideas and concepts in both visual and written format

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Coursework: Art & Design Coursework (Portfolio & 1000-3000 words - 60%)

  • Section A: Generating practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources.
  • Section B: Supporting study based on a selected topic

Component 2 - Examination: Art & Design Externally Set Assignment (15 hours - 40%)

  • Section A: Respond to a stimulus to produce work which portrays the ability to research and develop ideas & link between personal and external work

Where does the course lead?

The majority of students go on to study on a one year Foundation course at an art college. They can then progress to a degree course in Textile Design, Fashion or Art. In recent years some degree courses have been accepting our students without the Foundation course, but this remains the exception rather than the rule. Alternatively, students can combine Textile Design and/ or Fashion related courses with another subject at University such as Languages and Business.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Emma Hobbs

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including at least a grade 4 in an Arts subject.

Assessment Breakdown

Coursework = 60%, Examination = 40%