A Level

A Level Fashion and Textiles is ideal if you are interested in textile design (both fashion and interiors) and textile arts.

You will be taught how to approach art and design analytically as research and investigation plays a key role in the course. However, the course also enables you to experience fashion and textiles first hand within a professional environment, working alongside visiting Textile and Fashion Designers.

You will explore a wide variety of relevant techniques including silk screen printing, fabric dying and embellishment, machine embroidery, batik, devoré, fabric painting and repeat pattern.

Curating your own independent fashion show, catwalk experiences and gallery settings will all form part of your assessed portfolio.

More about the course

What will I study

Fashion and Textiles is a practical and creative subject and you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of disciplines including printed textiles, fashion, surface pattern and constructed textiles (creative embroidery and knit). You will be introduced to a range of textile processes, technology and resources concerning textile design and textile arts alongside the history of fashion and textile studies.

Working within a professional environment, you will experience fashion and textiles first hand, exploring techniques such as silk screen printing, fabric dying and embellishment, machine embroidery, batik, devoré, fabric painting and repeat pattern. You will learn how to approach art and design analytically, with research and investigation playing a key role within the A Level experience. As part of your assessed portfolio you will curate your own independent fashion show, cat walk experiences and gallery settings. Textile students also have the opportunity.

Why Fashion and Textiles at KGV

The Art and Design department is located within KGV’s Creative Arts Building which houses specialist facilities for the Creative Arts including two spacious and bright Fine Art studios, a photography studio, a dark room, a fashion and textiles studio and multiple mac suites kitted out with the latest graphics editing software. All studios are equipped with everything you’ll need to produce professional creative pieces and are available for Textiles students to use both inside and outside teaching hours. You will also have the opportunity to attend workshops, international gallery and fashion based trips to Berlin, New York, Paris and Barcelona, as well as visits to Manchester, Liverpool and London.

Students who have studied Fashion and Textiles at KGV have gone on to read degrees at Royal College of Art London, Manchester Met, Leeds College of Art, Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths London.

Entry Requirements


5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 5 and or including, English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above.

Course specific

You will need a grade 4 or above in an art, design or textiles subject. If you do not have this experience, please contact the college admissions to discuss this further.

You can study 3 a levels or a combination of 2 a levels and 1 btec subsidiary (a level equivalent).
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