This one year programme includes a series of projects designed to develop students’ creativity and build on existing millinery skills. With a strong focus on design development and specialist couture techniques including hand-shaping, block-making and theatrical millinery. Contextual studies, visual studies and professional practise add breadth to studio work, alongside tutorials, workshops and lectures. There is an additional equipment charge payable in class.
Entry Requirements: What background and qualifications do you need to join?
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 taking, or have taken, other courses at KCC with an attendance record of less than 88% will not be considered for this course.
This is a full-time, intensive course in millinery design and interpretation taught over one academic year from 19th September 2018 to 5th July 2019.
Students are required to be in college for three days a week with an additional 8 hours required as self-directed studio time or distance learning. There is an expectation that students work beyond this at home with up to an additional 5 hours per week as homework.
There are 34 teaching weeks excluding half term, Christmas and Easter breaks.
The course is made up of 9 Units; Visual Communication in Art and Design, Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design, Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design, Professional Practice in Art and Design Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation, Design Method, Design Application in Textiles, Millinery and Headresses & Fashion Collection Realisation
These units cover areas including Theatrical Millinery, Commercial Millinery, Summer Millinery, Felt and Sinamay. This is combined with portfolio techniques, illustration and contextual knowledge and leads to a final major project that is shown in an industrial context at an exhibition.
What does the course lead to?
Employment or self employment as a milliner, employment as a millinery designer or may lead onto further study in 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?
Modern classrooms and studio with blocks, steamers, irons etc
How much should I study outside class?
At least 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?
Course materials are not available online
What books and equipment do I need?
A sewing kit including scissors, milliner/straw needles, pins, thimble, drawing pins, threads, tape measure, various glues.
What else do I need to buy and 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 purchased, depending on the designs produced. Additional costs would be approximately £120 per term, with 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.