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Currently, I am taking GCSE Textiles. My school doesn't offer A-Level Textiles on its own, so I have to take A-Level Fine Art as a whole instead. So for people who have taken A-Level Art, do you get to choose what part you want to specialise in(e.g. Textiles, Photography, Fine Art, etc.) or do you have to work in all areas as a whole in order to do the full course? Just thought I'd ask as the way things are going now, I'll have to go to college instead to do A-Levels, as my school cannot offer what I think I need to take.
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(Original post by Monnét-Marie)
Currently, I am taking GCSE Textiles. My school doesn't offer A-Level Textiles on its own, so I have to take A-Level Fine Art as a whole instead. So for people who have taken A-Level Art, do you get to choose what part you want to specialise in(e.g. Textiles, Photography, Fine Art, etc.) or do you have to work in all areas as a whole in order to do the full course? Just thought I'd ask as the way things are going now, I'll have to go to college instead to do A-Levels, as my school cannot offer what I think I need to take.
It does depend on your school, I had same issue. My first school just didn't offer any technology or art subjects at a-level. One school I looked at allowed you to do a textile based project but you still need to be able to show fine art skills within your text book. The school I am at, you need to focus on the art side more but they allow you to use textiles as a medium.

I would try talking to the teachers who might take you on and see what they suggest. From what I have heard you can't specialise but if you're into textiles they'll find a way to incorporate it.
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PQ might be able to advise? My understanding is at least initially you will probably be exploring a range of media. I don't know the extent to which you can specialise in a particular media in A-level though, since I did IB. I would note even if you can focus a final piece/project mainly on using textiles, you will need to be using them in a fine art context, rather than a design context.

Although I can understand a desire to take textiles if that's your primary area of interest, I'm not sure what you mean by "needing" to take it? You seem to be implying it's required to continue to some particular area after 6th form, which as far as I'm aware it's not; most textiles/fashion design, and similar courses at uni don't specifically require textiles, or even a particular background in the area. Typically students will have taken A-level Art and/or Fine Art, then continued to an art foundation year course (FAD) before applying to uni. FAD courses are quite useful for those wanting to go into design type degrees (including textiles/fashion design) as usually A-levels don't cater so much to this particular type of approach, of being given a brief and using the design process to respond to it (particularly a more structure brief in the style that a client might give, compared to something more open ended).

I would note for the FAD option, many providers do have textiles tutors and will allow you to focus your major area/project on textiles. Some may also allow you to apply directly to a textiles pathway and skip the "diagnostic" stage which normally takes up the first term of the FAD, where students rotate through various different media and approaches to design and (fine) art before confirming which are they wish to work in. I'd recommend looking into that option for when you finish A-levels - it's normally a 1 year course and is free if you are 19 or under when the course starts (although you get no "maintenance" support which may limit you to FAD courses nearer to you.)

PQ has made a very useful FAQ about art foundation courses here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5017684 which might be worth looking at.
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