This is a course for students who wish to pursue a career in millinery. It focuses on designing hats and developing the advanced skills required to realize your ideas. The course is made up of 10 units that are integrated within a number of exciting projects including Felts, Theatrical Millinery, Commercial Millinery, Couture Millinery, Block Making and designing and realizing a Final Collection of 5 hats.
Practical sessions are underpinned by illustration and theory classes, including Historical and Contextual Studies and Professional Studies. Students are encouraged to seek work experience with a London milliner to reinforce Professional Practice unit.
What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)
Applicants must have good previous millinery experience and be able to block, edge and finish straw, sinamay and felt. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate a strong design focus in their work. Good time management skills are essential in order to complete tasks to a good standard. Applicants should ideally have studied art, at least until GCSE and be able to produce written work in English to at least a Level 2 standard. IT skills are an advantage, as all written work must be printed. A strong sense of contemporary, directional fashion is another thing we would expect to see in applicants. Applicants who are, or have done, other courses at KCC with an attendance record of less than 88% will not be considered for this course.
What does the course lead to?
Employment or Self Employment as a milliner, Employment as a millinery designer, BA Accessories Design, MA Millinery or MA Fashion Artefact
Where will I study?
In a specialist millinery studio in our Chelsea centre
What are the facilities and equipment like?
Blocks, steamers, irons etc
How much should I study outside class?
Not less than 8 hours per week- you get out of the course what you put in and commitment to your work will yield the best results
How is the course assessed?
Each project is assessed separately. Most of the 10 units incorporated in the course are revisited several times during the year and every element of a unit must be achieved in order to pass the course – graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction
Are any course materials online?
What books and equipment do I need?
A sewing kit of: scissors, milliner/straw needles, pins, thimble, drawing pins, threads, tape measure, various glues.
What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?
Millinery materials and other fabrics for practical work; stiffeners and wire; sketchbooks, art materials, papers, card etc. to present artwork effectively; styrofoam and buckram for blockmaking; an A3 or A4 portfolio, towards the end of the course. Other items may need to be purchases, depending on the designs produced. Additional costs would be approximately £120 per term, with even more required in term 3 when final collections are being made. £20 equipment fee is payable in class on first day.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
Some hats that you have made, sketchbook, sample drawings. Outcomes of interviews are normally communicated to applicants approximately 1 month after the interview date.