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In Art Textiles you will explore colour, texture and imagery using both traditional and unconventional materials. Our well-equipped specialist studio will allow you to explore and experiment with a wide range of techniques and materials. You will develop themes from your own personal experiences and observations, investigate ideas and research the work of other artists and designers. You will be taught by experienced and supportive tutors who have many years of experience in both teaching and creating.

From common starting points, you will progress in an individual direction. In the second half of Year Two, an externally set assignment gives you the opportunity to demonstrate all your creative abilities. Examples of project titles include 'Lost & Found' 'Transitions' and 'The Elements'.

Year 1

Introduction to Textiles. Projects covered will include:

  • Texture and Surface
  • Knit, Knot and Loop
  • Plant and Print

Year 2

Personal Study and Personal Investigation

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Tamara Ainsworth

Tamara Ainsworth

Studied: Travel & Tourism, Art, Textiles & Spanish (2013-2015)

Progression: Fashion Buying and Brand Management, Ravensbourne University (graduated with a 1st)

Tamara graduated from Ravensbourne University in 2019. Whilst studying there she worked part-time at Harrods. She is now an Assistant Manager in marketing for Aspects Beauty, working closely with brands like Versace & Moschino.

Tamara says: "If you stay determined you can achieve anything you want to."

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Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements

PLUS
Grade 5 in GCSE Art, Textiles or Technology (resistant materials, product design, graphic products)
OR

Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Art & Design.

If GCSE Art, Textiles or Technology have not been taken, suitably qualified students with a good portfolio of work will be considered.
How The Course is Assessed
60% coursework, 40% externally set assignment
Career Pathways
Significant numbers of students continue their studies through Art Foundation courses and specialist degrees. Recent students have studied costume design, fashion, knit, weave, printed textiles, and fashion illustration. Some are engaged in degree courses outside the art area, for example in History, Politics, Economics and English.
Transferable Skills
Confident creative project planning and management, visualisation and research, fluent use of visual language, analytical understanding of different cultures.
Other Information
Regular visits are made to galleries and museums in London, as well as trips to Barcelona, Venice, Florence, or Paris. Students have access to the Art Enrichment programme of visits and talks from practising artists.
Enquiries To
Helen Brewer: hrb@varndean.ac.uk