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Hand Embroidery

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Crafts

**Please note that this is a selective course which can only accept 20 students each year. Because of this, the course operates a gathered field admissions process. Applicants who have applied by the 15 January deadline will be interviewed between 17-22 February and decisions will only be made once all applicants have been interviewed. Some applicants who are suitable to study the course but who are not offered a place will be added to a waiting list, which will be used if places become available.**

Unique, prestigious, world-renowned - BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery is a course like no other that will give you advanced specialist skills, which can be applied in a wide range of careers.

Taught in dedicated studios at the picturesque Hampton Court Palace, this course is delivered by the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), with expert teaching support from experienced academics, industry professionals and RSN embroidery tutors. You'll study in small groups to learn the specialist craft of hand embroidery within a creative context.

Hand embroidery is a dynamic subject that opens up a wide range of exciting career opportunities. Graduates work as hand embroidery artisans for Haute Couture, costume embroiderers for film and TV, embroidery designers for interiors and exhibiting textile artists. Many move on to postgraduate study.

RSN students have collaborated with high profile clients including Alexander McQueen, Burberry for Makers House, Hussein Chalayan, Jasper Conran, Zandra Rhodes, M-Industry, Nicholas Oakwell Couture for the GREAT Britain campaign, HBO/Game of Thrones, Luxury Made for 100% Design, The New Craftsmen, Hand & Lock, Susan Aldworth and Cockpit Arts.

Modules

The first year introduces you to art and design practices, learning specialist hand embroidery techniques and skills. As the year progresses, you'll work on set projects to explore contemporary approaches to the subject, including theory work to place your studies into context.

Research and Experimentation One
This introductory unit will enable you to explore a range of visual research methodologies, design processes and experimental approaches to drawing, fabric manipulation and mixed media materials; to inform your emerging practice of hand embroidery.

RSN Technical Hand Embroidery
This unit will introduce you to the practice of hand embroidery, exploring a syllabus of Royal School of Needlework formal stitch structures and technical processes. This practical knowledge and learning will underpin all your future hand embroidery practice and directly inform the subsequent application to contemporary contexts. The unit is taught by RSN trained Tutors and you will learn specialist hand embroidery stitches, techniques and processes.

There is a studio fee to ensure everyone has access to the same high quality materials for the Technical Stitch units. This will be approximately £180 for first year students and approximately £225 for second year students.

Hand Embroidery in Context
In this unit, you'll study hand embroidery within the wider cultural field. You will also be introduced to some key resources for hand embroidery including visits to galleries, museums and archives. Using key methodologies including critical reviews of exhibitions and material culture analysis you will be able to build your skills in observation, investigation and enquiry.

Hand Embroidery Practice
The unit will introduce you to contemporary hand embroidery and textile processes taught through a series of practical workshops and studio based projects. This unit will enable you to fully utilise a range of new visual research and design methods for a series of designated project briefs; you will be expected to experiment widely.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Royal School of Needlework

Department:

Crafts and Product Design

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
low
Crafts

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in creative arts and design

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

70%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
7%
Male students
93%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
20%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Crafts

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,640
med
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
63%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Design occupations
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Other skilled trades

Not many people take this subject, but those that do tend to go into design or craft roles, particularly in the jewellery industry. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once. As a result, graduates are based all over the country.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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