Art Textiles | Rainhill6th

Art Textiles

A-level Textile Design at Rainhill Sixth Form aims to teach you how to think, act and become a contemporary new generation Artist and practitioner. The course is extremely broad and enables you to experiment with a variety of techniques from multiple art endorsements such as Fashion, 3D design, Ceramics, Fine Art and Photography etc.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements:
  • 5 GCSEs, Grade 4 or above, including Maths and English. Minimum grade 6 in an arts subject.
Last three years destinations:
  • Winstanley College and Carmel College – Art Foundation Course
  • BA (Hons) Graphics and Photography at the University of Chester
  • BA (Hons) Animation at Salford University
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing at St Helens Chamber
  • Apprenticeship in Graphic Design at Vynaline, St Helens.

Many believe a career in the creative subjects such as Fine Art can weave a route to some of the most highly-paid jobs in the UK. Within Art Textiles you’ll learn how to think creatively and independently, exercise your problem-solving abilities and fine-tune skills such as hand-eye coordination and visual communication

Course Aims

You will be challenged to understand all aspects that the Art model encompasses, which includes in depth focus around essential skills such as: Fashion illustration, Embroidery, Embellishment, Sculpting, successful composition of own and artists work, content, form, process, mood and development of own ideas and refinement of own practice leading to sophisticated mature outcomes.

You will work across a wide range of media from simple sketching to highly detailed 2d or 3d practices. All work will be underpinned by in-depth studies which will help you write critically about your design ideas and concepts.

The course focus is centred on the creative journey of personal investigation and concepts, coupled with high level outcomes that would be industry ready.

Students should have high expectations and will be continually pushed to help explore individual creative boundaries. We aim to offer an innovative, relevant and highly challenging course leading to further study or employment in a wide range of creative fields.

Success rate for students achieving a first choice degree place across the past seven years has been 100%.


Following completion of the course students can continue into Degree studies at Universities, Foundation degree studies at University and Art colleges such as London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.

Past students are studying courses such as Fashion Design, Embellishment, Fashion marketing and Textiles at leading universities following the success of their time studying Fine art.


The course is a two year, 1 x A-level programme.

The weighting of assessment is 60% portfolio and 40% externally set assignment.

The portfolio assignments are set and marked by your teacher and then externally moderated. You will complete 4 projects which will form your portfolio.

The externally set assignment will be set by the exam board and marked by your teacher. Following this all examination outcomes are then externally moderated.

Within your year 13 studies it is a requirement of the course to produce an extended piece of critical and contextual writing around 2500 words long to support your personal studies.


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