Art and Design: Textile Design

Is Textile Design the subject for you?

Yes, if you wish to study art, craft and design at a higher level usually at Art College or are looking to take up careers for which an art textiles background is relevant. For example careers in costume design, fashion design, textiles, interior design, theatre or education. Textile design is also suitable for students who have an interest and an aptitude for the subject but do not intend to study it further. The skills developed within this subject are highly transferable and will tell future Universities and employers that you are a creative thinker and a versatile worker.

Course content

The main purpose of any course in textile design is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond in a personal and creative way. The skills you will develop will be varied. Among them, you will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology in one or more of your ideas and feelings using the textile area of study.

Methods of study

  • awareness of the elements of textile design, such as shape, line, scale, colour, texture,pattern, contrast and/or repetition in relation to the chosen area of design
  • awareness of intended audience or purpose for your chosen area of Textile design
  • ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief or answering a need
  • appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, theconstraints of working to a brief
  • understanding of a variety of textile methods, such as: fabric printing, mono-printing,relief printing, screen printing and laser printing; tie-dye and batik; spraying andtransfer; fabric construction; stitching, appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting andembroidery

How will it be examined?

AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and will be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Career opportunities

  • Textiles designers work on products such as fashion design, fashion textiles,costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabric and materials,domestic textiles and wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles,installed textiles
  • Artists produce paintings, sculpture and other pieces that decorate homes andpublic spaces.