A-level Textiles

A student

Do you see yourself as the next big name in Fashion or Textile Design? If so, you will enjoy this subject. You will be introduced to the Textile workshop to investigate Dyeing, Printing, Embroidery, Fabric Manipulation and Drawing. You will also explore techniques to develop a range of textile outcomes for fashion garments to be shown in our annual public Fashion Show and the end of year exhibition.

Course type

A-level (AS and A2)

Course length

AS-level: one year
A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including an art-related subject and English Language. At your interview you will be required to show a portfolio of Art or Design work, to demonstrate your interest in Art and Design.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • Surface Design, fabric Manipulation, Printed and Constructed Textiles
  • Contemporary and Fashion Textiles
  • Drawing workshops
  • the Design development process

On the course you will:

  • carry out research at galleries and locations such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Design Museum and Brick Lane
  • take part in live projects with industry professionals
  • organise, model and create work for the NewVIc Fashion Show

Method of assessment

Over two years, you will complete four units. The final unit of each year is externally set by the examination board.

What will I be able to progress to?

If you wish to pursue a career in Textiles Fashion, Interior Design you will be well prepared to undertake a foundation or relevant degree course at university. The Art department has established university progression schemes with all University of the Arts London colleges, including Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion.

Other information

You will need to buy a course Art pack at the start of the year. Single Art items, together with sketchbooks, are available to buy from the department’s Art shop.

A professional portfolio for those students who are progressing to an Art-related higher educational course can also be purchased. Research trips will require a small financial contribution.


Create, NewVIc’s unique creative offering, is available for those students interested in pursuing a career in the creative industries.