How will I be taught?
Craft courses provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for a chosen craft to a higher level. Students will also be expected to research and respond to the design aspects of craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques.
Students will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical and keep a sketchbook/ notebook to record goals/ ideas, processes and progress. It is important to note that craft courses are practical, requiring a degree of manual dexterity. Students will need to participate fully to get the most out of the course.
Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring your chair, screen, stool etc to the first meeting. You might like to bring an old blanket to cover your work table. Do not buy any specific tools until you have consulted with your tutor and you know the course is running, but it wilol be useful to bring a wooden mallet, a small headed hammer (or magnetic tack hammer), a tack lifter or old chisel, scissors and a Stanley knife. Further equipment can be purchased as the course progresses. Please remember that upholstery tools can be HAZARDOUS - keep all sharp tool points and blades covered and contained in a suitable toolbox or bag. You will also need a dust mask, goggles and latex and cotton gloves. Suitable shoes should be worn, no open toed shoes or sandals.
What can I do next?
These courses are designed to progress students to higher levels of the craft and also to support application to Access to Art and Degree Foundation courses or relevant Craft, Art and Design Degree courses.
What do I need to join the course
You will need to have an appropriate project to work on which your tutor can discuss with you prior to starting the course if required. No previous knowledge is needed.