The Morley Textiles Foundation Diploma: Level 3

When and Where

2 Sep 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 (396 hours, 36 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 16:00 - 17:00
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London


Full fee
£2710 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Jenny Bell, Stephen K Wright, Deborah Brown, Vesna Pesic, Alex Mayer
Course code

What you will learn

The Textiles Foundation is a unique and well-rounded year long course that supports those who wish to discover, refine and or re-define their passion and skill for textiles art, design and craft. Workshops and projects are designed to explore traditional techniques and contemporary practices to expand individual approaches to making and thinking.

Taught across three terms, specialist practitioners provide a comprehensive investigation in to: drawing, design skills, constructed textiles, colour theory, screen printing, curatorial practice, portfolio preparation, conceptual head wear and machine knit. Tutors use a range of activities from gallery/ museum visits to group work and demonstrations to create a lively and productive studio atmosphere. Sketchbooks are used to support the documentation of works to create an ongoing archive of personal responses and research. The year culminates in a group exhibition in Morley Gallery, where students are provided with a platform to showcase a self initiated project.

A well-respected course, previous students have progressed to undergraduate and post graduate study programmes. The Textiles Foundation course has a strong affiliation with the University of the Arts London. For those students who are eligible, we work with the UAL Outreach team to support with course advice, portfolio development and guaranteed interview / portfolio review. Personal references are provided and more generally the course can support progression on to other more specialist courses, residencies, new routes for employment or recreational pursuits.

Our well maintained studio is bright and equipped with digital resources including Mac computers, A3 scanner and printers and the Morley College library holds a fantastic selection of relevant books, publications and journals.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Create through drawing, design skills, constructed textiles, conceptual thinking & curation, colour theory, print, machine knit and conceptual headwear projects.
  • Develop research skills in both a historical and practical context. Record in sketchbook, ,
  • Develop work in both 2D and 3D context.
  • Link theory and practice and evaluate all major projects and interpret these accordingly through personal reflection.
  • Share, discuss, and make constructive assessment of your own work and the work of others including peer group.
  • Prepare a portfolio in readiness for progression into other areas.
  • Make application to other related courses, UCAS for BA or MA study, internships and employment/voluntary opportunities.
  • Select and exhibit work for the end of year show.

Class format and activities

With a maximum of 14 students you will work in a small supportive peer group.
Hands-on workshops are guided by highly experienced subject specialists and dedicated tutors.

Assessment and feedback is continuous through discussions, group and individual tutorials and increasingly, self-evaluations to help you develop professionally.

In terms 1 and 2 themed set briefs will help develop strong research strategies, practical textile techniques and design skills. Briefs are devised to enable students to develop individual creative thinking as artist\designers.

In term 3 you will devise work on your own Final Mayor Project towards the End of Year Foundation Exhibition in Morley Gallery.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

The course operates 2 days a week - Mondays 10:00-17:00 including a one hour group tutorial and Tuesdays 10:00-16:00 with a commitment to around 10 hours of independent study each week. Entry is by interview with examples of artwork in any medium, and evidence of a strong interest and enthusiasm for textiles together with recent visits to exhibitions and galleries. Visit the textile studios, meet the tutors, and see examples of student work and course details. Ask questions and see if this specialist course is for you.

What you need to know before you enrol

The class is situated on the second floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is partial disabled access is via a stair lift. Please contact ALS on: 0207 450 1972 or Art & Design Admin on: 0207 450 1934 before enrolling if you have any mobility support.

What you will need for your class

Apron and rubber gloves.

What you can do next

University degree course, other Higher Education courses, join the Textiles Advanced Workshop or other specialist courses at Morley.