Starts: 18 Sep 2023
The HND Millinery course has been training industry-leading milliners for almost 20 years. Students on this course progress into all areas of millinery – couture fashion millinery, commercial design, theatrical and film millinery – some students have progressed to MA level courses at leading fashion colleges. The course has close industry links with The British Hat Guild, Fenwick Bond Street, Longines for Royal Ascot, and the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers, all of whom provide career developing support and opportunities for HND students during the course. Former students are employed by the UK’s leading milliners and have quickly established themselves in their chosen field. The tutors on the HND course are all professional milliners as well as tutors. They bring a wealth of diversity, skills and ideas to the course, and to the development of different career pathways for each student. There are a number of opportunities to take part in live industry projects and collaborations, as well as contact with industry experts throughout the year. The course culminates in an exhibition which attracts high levels of interest from professional milliners and other industry employers. The course offers intensive investigation of millinery skills and industry preparation. This two-year programme is designed to give students in-depth millinery experience in order to prepare them for a career within the industry. The course consists of a series of projects covering different areas of millinery and is designed to develop varied technical skills and expand each students’ individual design creativity. Areas covered during the course projects include: specialist couture techniques, theatrical millinery, occasion millinery, commercial millinery and cut-and-sew techniques, historical and contextual research, design development skills, blockmaking, portfolio building and professional practice.