Textiles Design

Course aims

To provide you with the skills and techniques to research and develop ideas to then create textile-based outcomes.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in art, craft or design subject preferably in textiles, in addition to the general entry requirements a portfolio will be requested for interview.

Course content

Year One

A skill building year where learners will have the opportunity to explore new materials and process through various short projects. These skills will provide learners with a strong basis to build on in the second year.

There is no formal exam in the first year, but ongoing assessment throughout.

Year Two

Component 1 – Personal Investigation

In this unit there is a written component in which candidates develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. Learners pick a theme or idea and produce a range of art work based on this, showing their critical thinking skills and ability to research in depth. Accompanying text supports the practical work and explains the learner’s thought process which must be no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000.

Component 2: Externally-Set Assignment

Learners are provided with eight topics/questions from which they choose one to study. The summative exam is 15 hours long and learners are expected to create a clearly defined section of work that makes up a whole, leading to a finished piece or pieces.

This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your skills in this area, experience new artists and visit new galleries.

Course assessment

Practical observations, coursework and an externally- set assignment will form the assessments.


Specialist textbooks and materials will be supplied by Dudley Sixth, but some fabrics and textile materials will need to be provided by the learner.


HND Fashion and Textiles, BA Hons at university. Employment in textiles design, manufacturing or fashion.