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In Art – Textiles you will explore colour, texture and imagery using traditional and unconventional materials. Our well-equipped specialist studio allows you to work with a wide range of processes in real depth. Developing themes from your own personal experiences and observations, investigating ideas and researching the work of other artists and designers, you will be taught by experienced supportive tutors who are also practising textiles artists whose work is shown nationally and internationally

From common starting points, you progress in individual directions. 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' 'Deep Rooted' and 'Faded Glories'.

  • Specialist textile techniques
  • Drawing, collecting and recording from observation
  • Printing on paper. Weave and felting
  • Heat transfer printing on fabric/lino printing
  • Hand and machine stitch
  • Interiors, body adornment, jewellery making and plastics
  • In depth artist and designer research

I cannot stress enough how good the teachers are on this course. After feeling unconfident in my first year, my teacher has really helped and supported me this year. It is a genuine joy to come to lessons.

Hannah Lewin ex Lewes Old Grammar

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements

PLUS

Grade 5 in GCSE Art or Textiles or Merit/Distinction in BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Art and Design

If GCSE Art 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 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 western and non-western 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
Jill Hurst: jih@varndean.ac.uk