BA(Hons) Embroidered Textiles

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The BA(Hons) Embroidered Textiles degree is a unique new programme offered by Opus in collaboration with Middlesex University, who validate the programme.

The part-time distance learning mode of study offers flexibility and the modular structure enables those who already have appropriate qualifications to be considered for accreditation of prior learning.

The course will involve you in a challenging and exciting programme of study which focuses on a range of art and design, critical studies, stitched textiles and related specialist area modules. The degree is a part-time modular course over three levels, each of which is taught over a minimum of two years.

Level 1 introduces a broad range of embroidery and stitched textile methodologies, a study of materials and processes, the development of conceptual ideas, contextual studies in the form of the social and historical context of embroidery, culture and issues of Twentieth Century art and design practice.

Level 2 focuses on a deepening understanding of the subject area and includes the opportunity to choose two main specialist areas to study at a more professional level. You are invited to select from five optional choice modules. These are: Embroidery for Fashion, Fine Art Embroidery, Embroidery and Theatrical Costume, Liturgical Embroidery and Professional Practice.

Level 3 At this stage of the course you are expected to be working towards your own personal practice at a professional level in your chosen specialist area. The emphasis of the programme will be directed towards experiences which include the role of the artist/maker, the practice of exhibition display, museology and curatorial practice.

How will I be taught?

Through a modular structured programme. This will involve either meeting with your module tutor, sending work for appraisal and receiving feedback via phone, fax, e-mail or letter. Each module is resourced with a 'bank' of hours which you will use in negotiation with your tutor to receive advice, guidance and feedback on your work.

The tutorial will provide a stimulating and supportive structure enabling you, together with your course tutor, to appraise your development and guide you into self awareness in terms of assessing your work.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment provides feedback on your work and confirmation of your progress, so that you know where you are doing well and what needs to be improved within a module or level of the course. You will be encouraged to become actively involved in the assessment process, participating in self and peer assessment where appropriate.

Your work will be assessed at the end of each module by the module assessment panel. This will take place at Regent's College, London. The Level 3 Exhibition and viva will take place in a central London gallery.

How do I apply for the course?

You can download an application pack in either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) formats below. Alternatively you can send two first class stamps or an International Reply Coupon to Opus (address on our how to contact us page).

The application pack contains:

  • an application form
  • a full list of module contents
  • a list of essay topics (essay to be submitted with your application)
  • portfolio criteria
  • details of the application fee
  • details of the tuition and registration fees.

Download application in Microsoft Word format.

Download application in Adobe Acrobat (PDF)* format.

*Requires Acrobat Reader software, downloadable free of charge from Adobe.

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