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Throughout the ages, Art, Design and Textiles have played a crucial role in the cultural development of society, from architecture and fashion to the printed word.

The work of Artists and Designers is accessed and experienced by everyone on a daily basis. Artists and Designers need to work with integrity and respect for others as their work has the power to change the world, set trends and fashions, build the cities and landscapes of the future, recording history in the making through the lens of a camera, and develop new technologies and innovations. Through the pursuit of creative thinking and solutions to life’s problems, Artists and Designers will support economic growth for generations to come.

The Core Concepts

Through the formal elements, Line, Shape, Colour, Form, Texture, Pattern and Tone, students will be able to:

  • Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

key stage 5

OCR A Level Art & Design: Textile Design (H604) 

This course will enable students to focus on textile disciplines within an Art and Design context.  It involves the creation, selection and manipulation of textiles, across a variety of practices such as constructed, dyed and printed textiles.  Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of techniques including weaving, embroidery, appliqué, batik, silk painting, tie and dye, hand painting and lino printing.  A wide range of natural and manufactured materials will be explored to address aspects of design in fashion, furnishing and fine art.

Assessment Format

Personal Investigation (internally assessed, externally moderated) – 60% of A Level

Learners produce a portfolio of practical work and a related study, which is an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words.

Externally-set task (15hrs) (internally assessed, externally moderated) – 40% or A Level

The early release paper will provide learners with a number of themes.  Within the themes, there will be a choice of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.  A response should be based on one of these options.