Key Stage 5 Textiles

We are proud to provide our students with highly creative and practical courses which have a strong emphasis on learning advanced textiles skills.
We offer an enthusiastic and nurturing environment in which our students gain confidence in their work and themselves.
The course currently offered at Kingsmead is GCE A level Art & Design (Textile Design)
What will I study for AS Textiles?
Unit 1 Portfolio
You will develop a coursework ‘Portfolio’ exemplifying work carried out during the AS course.
You will begin by making observational studies. You will experiment with different media like paints, charcoal, collage, inks etc. You will develop these drawings into designs. You will experiment with different ways of presenting the designs like printing, stencilling, fabric collage etc. You will produce a personal final piecenbased on your experiments, which could be a hanging, a printed length, a furnishing object etc. Then evaluate your work.
All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole.
Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment
You will complete an externally set assignment. (set by the exam board).
There will be a question paper for Textiles containing five exciting starting points. You will choose one andcomplete the preparation work in a sketchbook. There is a period of design development undertaken in controlledconditions. The final piece will be produced in the Textiles room.
What will I study for A2 Textiles?
Unit 3 Personal Investigation
You will develop a personal investigation in which you develop work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of your choosing (usually it will be a technique or art movement that has interested you during your AS year). The practical work is supported by a written element of no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000 words, leading to a finished piece or pieces.
Final outcomes from this unit may include the following:

Unit 4 Externally Set Assignment
You will complete an externally set assignment. (set by the exam board).
There will be a question paper for Textiles containing eight exciting starting points. You will choose one and complete the preparation work in a sketchbook. The final piece will be produced in controlled conditions in the Textiles room.
How will your work be assessed?
There are four areas (Assessment Objectives) that your work is marked on. The coursework and controlled test are marked using the same criteria at the end of each course. Your work is marked in school and by an external moderator. The assessment objectives are:
AO1 Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
AO2 Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
AO3 Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on work and progress.
AO4 Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

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