Fine Art And Creative Textiles

Fine Art And Creative Textiles

Fine Art and Creative Textiles

Why study this course?

Art, Craft and Design at A Level is a well-established course at Malbank Sixth Form College. In academic year 2010, 85% of our students achieved, A-C grades and 38% of students achieved, A* or A grades. Art, Craft and Design is an exciting and challenging subject, which will help develop and foster creativity. All staff within the department are trained specialists in Textiles, Painting, Graphic Design and Art History.All of our staff are committed to supporting each and every student within the department in helping to achieve their potential.

How is the course structured?


Unit One: 50% (80 Marks) Coursework Portfolio: Students will develop a wide range of art, craft and design work based on a given theme that demonstrates a selection of skills and in depth knowledge. The work of artists, designers and/or craftspeople will be introduced as inspiration for ideas. This will support sustained practice in one endorsement chosen by each student i.e. painting, textiles or mixed media.

Unit Two: 50% (80 Marks) Externally Set Assignment. Students are asked to select one question from an externally set paper in February. Students will then research and produce preparation material based on the topic. During April/May students will then have a 5 hour supervised examination in which they will have to produce a single piece of art work.


Unit Three: 50% (80 Marks) Personal Project with a written element. Students will develop a wide range of art, craft and design work based on a chosen theme that demonstrates high level skills and in depth knowledge. One chosen endorsement i.e. painting, textiles or mixed media will be developed to a final outcome to demonstrate evidence of knowledge and skills in context with the work of selected artists, designers and/or craftspeople. Supported with a written research, development and reflection study of approximately 1000-3000 words.

Unit Four: 50% (80 Marks) Externally Set Project (80 Marks) including 15 hours supervised time. A final outcome is expected at the end of this period.

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum requirement is a C Grade in any Art & Design course or evidence of the equivalent in an accomplished portfolio.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

Due to the creative nature of Art & Design many students select similar courses such as Textiles Technology, Product Design, Media Studies, Performing Arts, Drama. English, History and Humanity subjects also link in well with Art and Design.

What career paths would this course lead to?

There are many career paths available to students who study Art and Design such as, a Fine Artist, Fashion Designer, Stage Set Designer, Costume Design, Art Historians, Gallery/Exhibition Curators, Film/TV Set Designer, Interior Designer and Art teachers.

What Specific skills will I learn?

  • Applying surface patterns, finishes, print and mark making
  • Observational drawing, painting and working with mixed media
  • Technical application of line, shade, texture and tone
  • Presenting and displaying work
  • Working with a variety of medias including 3D materials

What Extra Opportunities are available?

At Malbank Sixth Form College we are fortunate enough to have a number of specialist studios including Sixth Form areas where students can continue with project work outside of the normal timetabled lessons. Students can also use the project court yard to work on larger pieces of work in their free time. We offer the opportunity to travel to Venice, Italy during October half term break for 4-5 days. We study architecture, surrounding landscapes, the variety of art work accessible to us, both contemporary and historical within the many Venetian galleries and museums.