City & Guilds Accredited Felting Course - Skill Stage 4

This course focuses on developing the skills and knowledge of students who have successfully completed either the City & Guilds Accredited Hand Felt Course Skill Stage 3 or the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Felt. There are certain rare cases where these prior accredited course may not be needed before undertaking this course, for example if someone has large amounts of samples from another source, or large amounts of experience, but generally it is required. The course offers students the opportunity to experiment and a way of developing their personal research and technical skills further to form a collection of work at a professional level.

Course Contents

  • Self-chosen design project (SCDP) - this is not craft specific and is common to all City & Guilds Accredited courses delivered at SST. It is a major inspirational visual source, compiled by yourself, to be used as a means of stimulating and inspiring design ideas. The theme for this work is of your own choice and a general topic is selected which then focuses down onto a more specific area of interest e.g. ancient Egypt focusing eventually onto jewellery from this time. This will be used as the design work on which to base your three Felt final pieces, which are:
    • An item inspired by a contemporary designer/maker.
    • A 3-D item.
    • A felt art panel with a surface area in excess of 1.5m2.
  • 2 extensive collections of advanced felting technique samples – one traditional, one contemporary.
  • Colouring fibres and fabrics for felting.
  • Finishing Techniques.
  • Research into contemporary and historical felt designer/makers.
  • Research Felt from different geographical regions.
  • Professional practise, covering working to commission, promotion, costing etc.

Course Modules

  1. Self-chosen design project (SCDP).
  2. History of Domestic Sheep - research and sampling. Properties of various fleeces. SCDP continued.
  3. Designer/Makers – research. Transparent and Bonded samples. SCDP completed.
  4. Metal Sheet and thread. Experimental metalwork samples Written and illustrated study of Felting.
  5. Silk, paper and soluble samples. Animal fibres.
  6. Natural Dye techniques. Silk fibres. Research felting from different geographical areas.
  7. Felt with Hand and Machine Embroidery. Design/make first of pieces.
  8. Applique and finishing samples. Design/make for second piece.
  9. Print and felt. Design/make for third piece.
  10. Professional practise; Produce a CV and professional profile, cost and plan for selling.
  11. Professional practise continued – planning promotional activity and business planning for textile artists.
  12. Full presentation compiled of all work for submission.

Timescale & Fees. Estimated completion time for the course is 410 hours, although this can vary considerably between individuals. There is an enrolment fee which is payable at the start of the course and the course life is 2 years (it is usual to take around 6-8 weeks to complete a module). It is up to the individual student how quickly they wish to return work to their tutor for assessment and it is possible, within the overall course timeframe, to speed up or slow down as required. A six-month contingency is available, if needed, to cover unforeseen issues such as illness, upon production of supporting documentation, which would therefore extend the course life to 30 months (2.5 years). This can be done twice during the course lifetime. The course is supplied as a distance learning course where course materials and tutor assessments are delivered digitally and work is returned to your tutor via digital presentation.

Assessment. Your coursework will be reviewed by your tutor and periodically by an Internal Quality Assessor, to ensure the appropriate quality standard is maintained. You will be provided with written feedback in a timely fashion (usually within 10 days) and, if needed, you will be able to re-submit altered work. You can contact your tutor at any time to request your work to date be reviewed and suggestions for future progress be made.

Completion. At the end of the course, students will have an online gallery showcasing highlights of their work over the life of their course. They will not have to travel to the centre or transport work for an onsite exhibition. The cost of the course depends on how many modules you wish to pay for at once. There is a one-off certification charge upon completion which is usually around £50.

Our accredited courses are unique to the School of Stitched Textiles. They are comprehensive textile educational programmes that aim to not only teach essential techniques, but also enhance creativity and design skills. Please take a look at the many benefits of choosing an accredited craft course.

Upon enrolment you will be asked to agree to and abide by SST's terms & conditions relating to this course.

Option 1: In Full - (12 Modules) = £1,795.00 + Enrolment Fee (£95.00) = £1,890.00

Option 2: 4 Instalments - (3 Modules) = £595.00 + Enrolment Fee (£95.00) = £690.00