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If you enjoy making, Textiles is the course for you.

Why study Textiles? 

Textiles is an exciting and varied course where you are encouraged to explore your creativity through a wide range of practical textile processes and techniques. If you love stitching, folding, cutting, slicing, shredding, knotting, burning, gluing, folding, and pleating then Textiles is the course for you. 

You will be continually encouraged to draw visual inspiration from everything and anything within the natural and artificial world. Lively and experimental drawing/fashion illustration sessions will be delivered throughout the year to help you gain a greater understanding of surface, structure and form.

2021 Exhibition

What will I study?

At the start of the course you will embark on a series of workshops where you are encouraged to be adventurous and innovative whilst working with materials and processes, which include printmaking, stitch and metalwork. What you learn at the start of the year will provide a solid foundation for your self-written personal investigation, in which you will explore themes and subject matter chosen by you. 

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?

EDUQAS (WJEC) coursework

  • Component 1 – Personal investigation (60%).
  • Component 2 – Externally set assignment (40%). 
  • Internally marked and externally moderated. 

Where could it take me?

A popular route to university or the workplace for our A-level students is via our thriving Art Foundation course. Many prestigious art institutions require students to have completed Art Foundation. In recent years students have progressed to textiles-related courses at Central St Martins, Chelsea, London College of Fashion (Fashion/Embroidery/Fashion Communication), and Westminster (Fashion). A recent student studied fashion at Kingston University and spent the final summer on the course in New York at Ralph Lauren! 

Subject combinations

Textiles can be studied alongside any combination of courses. Most popular are Art, Craft and Design, Graphic Communications, Photography, any English course, Psychology, Sociology, Media, and Performing Arts courses. 

What support is available?

When you enrol we will make sure that you are receiving all the support you need, for example you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, help with written analysis/annotation or practical support from our two specialist technicians. Studios are always available in your independent study time. 

What extracurricular activities are available?

In recent years students have enjoyed reference gathering trips to Morocco, Berlin, Madrid, London, Liverpool, and Manchester. Throughout the year and across the courses and disciplines there are opportunities to enter internal and external competitions and live briefs. At the end of the second year you also have the chance to present your highly creative and individual work in a summer exhibition. 

Did you know?

63% of Winstanley College Textiles students achieve an A*- A grade. 

A popular destination for Textiles students is our Art Foundation course. Approximately 1 in 5 Art students across the department take this route to top universities or the workplace.