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Textiles 1: Ideas and Processes

Textiles 1: Ideas and Processes

Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week

Price: £1315

Run by: Enquiries
at OCA

This course is taught online

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About the Course

This unit will start with an introduction into how artists and designers use internal and external worlds as a resource for creative ideas. The students will be led through a series of examples demonstrating how artists research and record information which they later translate into their art.

This will lead onto the students choosing an area of interest that they will study in depth during the course. This will be achieved through collection and investigation methods, including photography, drawing and mark making. A range of drawing and mark making techniques will be explained so that the student will be able to form their own interesting surfaces. From these preliminary drawing exercises the students will be taken through using collage, print, painting and stitch techniques to develop ideas and translate the work into textiles.

Throughout the course the students will record and evaluate their own progress by means of a learning log/blog, therefore advancing skills in analysis and critical thinking.

During this unit the students will write a critical essay based on research they will have conducted into a specific number of textile artists and designers. They will be looking at how these artists generate ideas and the processes used to translate the ideas into art works/ designs. The students will analyse the effectiveness of the methods and consider how these practices may impact on their work.

Finally the students will create a group of final pieces between A1 and A2 in size to demonstrate the skills and expertise they have learnt throughout this unit.

The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.

All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film.

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Qualification offered