Courses at Opus
The range of courses offered by Opus allows you to study by correspondence, from the comfort of your own home. Whether you have no experience of stitched textiles, have been stitching for years or have studied creative textiles previously, one of our courses will suit you.

The courses we currently offer are listed below. They are given in ascending order of the level of skill and expertise taught on the course and required by the student. For example Beginners Embroidery is for those who have no previous experience and do not want a formal qualification, Advanced Experimental Embroidery is for those who may have completed the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma, and the BA(Hons) Embroidered Textiles is for those who have a strong background in textiles and / or art and design. Full details of the level of the course and entry requirements are included on the relevant pages of this site.

The distance learning programmes in particular give the flexibility of starting at any time, and can be studied from any country in the world.

You can enrol on most courses and order course modules on-line by clicking on the appropriate links below.

Beginners'
Embroidery
An introductory course which provides an opportunity for anyone with an interest in embroidery to develop their knowledge and skills. The course provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to progress to one of the City and Guilds programmes.

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City & Guilds
Level 2
Certificate in Design and Craft 7822-05

The Language of Embroidery

The City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Design and Craft is a structured course of 4 modules. The course is designed to guide you through a series of structured assignments focused on visual research and design, experimental approaches to colour and mixed media methods, practical skills using hand and machine embroidery and ways of resolving personal projects.

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City & Guilds
Embroidery
Level 3 Certificate
Exploring Embroidery

City & Guilds
Patchwork & Quilting
Level 3 Certificate
Exploring Patchwork and Quilting

The City & Guilds Embroidery Level 3 Certificate in Exploring Embroidery and City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting Level 3 Certificate in Exploring Patchwork & Quilting are separate modular courses. Each course consists of 12 modules over three years, and are studied as a correspondence course . The courses involve a study of contemporary and historical methods, art and design, and research skills. Each module focuses on a series of practical and theoretical assignments.

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The Language of Drawing and
Mark Making
This is a new course that is written especially for those who have little experience of drawing as well as for students who would like to deepen their experience and develop new skills. The course could lead to the award of the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Design and Craft (Experimental Drawing and Mark Making) 7802-58. Each module represents a structured programme exploring a range of subjects, techniques and materials that will encourage you to be experimental and extend your drawing skills as well as offering basic instruction for the beginner.

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City & Guilds
Embroidery
Level 3 Diploma
Experimental Embroidery

City & Guilds
Patchwork & Quilting
Level 3 Diploma
Experimental Patchwork and Quilting

The City & Guilds Embroidery Level 3 Diploma and City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting Level 3 Diploma courses further develop the skills and knowledge of students who have completed the relevant Part 1 course. The Diploma courses again consist of 12 modules over three years.

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Opus Foundation
Course
This correspondence course is designed to enable those students who wish to build a portfolio of work for application to programmes such as the BA(Hons) Embroidered Textiles, or else who wish to develop their personal skills of drawing, design and creative expression.

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Advanced Course in Experimental Embroidery This one-year course provides an ideal opportunity for students who want to explore their personal creativity, work independently and develop aspects of professional practice as a textile artist. The course provides provides a foundation for anyone who is considering building a portfolio of work for application to the modular degree programme. The course can only be studied on a correspondence basis.

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Master Class in
Stitched Textiles
This course offers you way of extending your personal practice in stitched and embroidered textiles to a more mature level. Aimed at students who have completed their City & Guilds Part 2 or the Advanced Course, the Master Class may be studied on a correspondence basis or at classes in Harrow.

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BA (Hons) Degree in Embroidered Textiles The BA(Hons) Embroidered Textiles degree course uses part-time distance learning to provide opportunities for those who wish to study at an advanced level, but who still need to maintain domestic and professional commitments. The course includes a range of art, design and stitched textiles disciplines and is taught over three levels. There is also the option to attend college based tutorials, use the studio facilities and work with your peer group.

Degree course: More information and application

Residential Courses For information on forthcoming Opus Residential Courses, including the latest Summer School. These courses are perfect for students who want to experience new disciplines, be inspired by leading artists and work alongside like minded textile enthusiasts in beautiful surroundings.

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