City & Guilds Advanced Embroidery

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Design and Craft - Embroidery

The City & Guilds Diploma Course in Embroidery focuses on developing the skills and knowledge of students who have successfully completed the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Embroidery. There are certain rare cases where a prior certificate level qualification may not be needed before undertaking this course, for example if someone has large amounts of samples from another source, 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 Requirements

  • Research for Design - this is not craft specific and is common to all Diploma Creative Study schemes - it is a major inspirational visual source, compiled by yourself, to be used in much the same way as your certificate level design folios, 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 four finished final pieces, which are:
    • A large scale item - at least 1 metre in one direction.
    • A functional 3-D item.
    • A panel or hanging, which must be “site specific”.
    • An item to incorporate the use of metallic threads.
  • A collection of eight samples related to a source showing advanced skills in handmade paper, silk paper, felt and bonding as backgrounds for embroidery.
  • Extending your Level 3 portfolio of techniques and embroidered samples. This means learning some new techniques, but also pushing others already covered in Level 3 further by using different materials and techniques.
  • Written, Illustrated Study - section 1 comprises English Embroidery from 900 AD to present day, section 2 Foreign Embroidery with specific reference to 3 other countries with strong embroidery traditions.

Course Modules

  1. Research for Design.
  2. Raised and Padded Work.
  3. Transparent and Bonded.
  4. Gold and Metallic Embroidery, History of British Embroidery.
  5. Felt, Paper, Silk Paper.
  6. Pulled and Drawn, Thread Wax and Resist Techniques Foreign Embroidery.
  7. Bleaching and Fibre Etch, Burning, Designs for Panel/Hanging.
  8. Appliqué, Beading and other embellishments, Designs for a Large Scale Item.
  9. Spraying and Foiling, Designs for a Functional 3-D ite.
  10. Image Transfer, Finished Research.
  11. Finishing Techniques, 3-D Item.
  12. Full Presentation compiled of all work, Candidate Notes, Completion of qualification handbook.

Timescale & Fees

There will be a C&G enrolment fee which is payable at the start of the course. This lasts for 3 years before requiring renewal. It is usual to take around 8-12 weeks to complete a module, meaning that completion would be in 2.5 - 3 years time, although it is possible to speed this up or slow it down to suit yourself. The course is available as an online course where modules and assessments are online. However special arrangements can be made for postal delivery, but an extra cost will apply – please contact us for details.

At the end of the course online students will have an online gallery built for them 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.

Your coursework will be reviewed as you progress and when you complete by an Internal Quality Assessor, and periodically by an External Quality Assessor to ensure the City & Guilds quality standard is maintained.

City & Guilds insist that an upper time limit is set on the course so that work remains current and this is 3 years for this course. The cost of the course depends on how many modules you wish to pay for at once. Upon completion, a charge for certification of each unit is levied by City & Guilds. This is usually around £75 and this qualification has 2 units.

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) = £1,595.00 + C&G Enrolment Fee (£95.00) = £1,690.00

Option 2: 4 Instalments - (3 Modules) = £495.00 + C&G Enrolment Fee (£95.00) = £590.00

Option 3: 12 Instalments - (1st Module) = £220.00 + C&G Enrolment Fee (£95.00) = £315.00