The Morley Textiles Foundation Diploma: Level 3

When and Where

14 Sep 2020 - 6 Jul 2021 (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
Waterloo Centre


Full fee
£2765 Staged Payments may be available
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Alex Mayer, Deborah Brown, Jenny Bell, Stephen K Wright, Vesna Pesic
Course code

Tutor Spotlight

VESNA PESIC Morley conceptual headwear tutor Vesna Pesic graduated with an MA Fashion Artefacts from University of the Arts London. She is one of the founding members of The British Hat Guild. Vesna’s sustainably grounded practice is concerned with questioning the traditional use of materials and the accepted concept of beauty. She creates poetical and abstract pieces in a variety of materials mixing millinery craftsmanship with other disciplines, especially textile centred.

Vesna is an enthusiastic and approachable practitioner who loves to encourage all to explore their creativity with confidence and self-belief. 

Course Structure

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 UAL insights 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 an 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.

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 artists\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.

Nancy Seear entrance students

Morley has several specialist art and design studios with materials and tools available to help aid you in your studies.

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Course Tutors

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.

Fees and Funding

Full fee
£2765 Staged Payments may be available

Concession fee

Senior fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee