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Design and Craft (7716)
The course in Design and Craft is available in over of 100 crafts such as fashion, ceramics, media, interior decoration, textiles, woodwork, flower arranging, corsetry and cake decoration. This course is for learners who want to try craft and design and make simple craft items to a high standard.
There are three levels:
Level 1: This certificate is intended for people who want to do a creative activity for the first time.
Level 2: These are for people who would like to pursue their skills beyond basic level.
Level 3: Level 3 aims to develop learners’ skills to a professional level.
Level 2 Certificate in Design and Craft – Constructed Textiles (Hand Knit Textiles) (7716-15) 7716-15 L2 Certificate: Hand Knit Textiles:
Each certificate consists of two units (introduction to design and one craft), chosen from 11 major categories. Candidates will need to produce three original items and the certificate takes 120 hours to complete
In this first module students will work on a number of knitting samples as part of their portfolio of samples including different welts, necklines and a number of stitch patterns. They will start collecting samples of different types of both natural and man-made yarns with notes on their characteristics. They will also list a range of knitting tools with notes on how to use and store these tools safely
Students will be introduced to the idea of design with a number of activities covering LINE and COLOUR. They will be encouraged to use a wide variety of materials to explore these 2 design elements. Students will also start collecting information about designer makers in the field of knitting
This 3rd module will focus on knitted samples covering more stitch patterns, buttonholes and seams. Students will also produce notes on the characteristics of various knitted fabrics and the safe use of other equipment used for designing and making knitted items
Students will explore the other 3 elements of design; texture,shape and form using a variety of techniques and also explore repeat patterns both on paper and in knitting
Students will make a Jumper. This can be from a commercial pattern or one of their own devising but before making the garment they will sample different yarns, colours and techniques used in the jumper, to present more than one option before selecting and making the final garment
Students will make a Cardigan. This can be from a commercial pattern or one of their own devising but before making the garment they will sample different yarns, colours and techniques used in the cardigan, to present more than one option before selecting and making the final garment
Level 3 Certificate in Design and Craft – Constructed Textiles (Hand Knit Textiles) (7716-16) 7716-16 L3 Certificate: Hand Knit Textiles:
Level 3 aims to develop learners’ skills to a professional level. There are two qualifications available at this level:
Certificate in Design and Craft
Diploma in Design and Craft
The Diploma aims to develop learners’ skills to a highly advanced level. The Diploma normally takes 2 years to complete.
For the Certificate, learners will be expected to make more demanding items, as well as develop their skills in observation, recording and research. They will have the opportunity to explore new techniques and progress innovative ideas. A design unit plus a craft unit must be completed.
In this module students will start working on their portfolio of knitted samples and look at various aspects of underpinning knowledge relating to both knitting and design. The knitting samples will include casting on, casting off, selvedges, hems, edgings and understanding the importance of tension swatches. The module will also cover presentation of samples and art work, collecting information for both design and knitting, particularly relating to designer makers and current fashion trends and starting the Yarn File with a focus on animal fibres.
This module is focused on design and particularly the theme of line. Students will collect visual information and work through a number of exercises to develop a range of design ideas based on the theme of Line (including knitted samples) and develop one idea through to a resolved piece. Students will also consider health and safety aspects in relation to design work.
Students will continue to add to their portfolio of knitted samples. In this module they will cover increases, decreases, knit and purl patterns, crossed stitches, cables and raised and embossed stitches. As well as the knitted samples they will continue to work on the Yarn File, designer makers and also look at the correct and safe use and storage of knitting equipment.
In this module students will explore the theme of colour. Students will collect visual information and work through a number of exercises to develop a range of design ideas based on the theme of Colour (including knitted samples) and develop one idea through to a resolved piece. They will also look at how colour has been used by artists and designer makers and how colours have social and religious links in different cultures
Students will continue working on their portfolio of samples looking at pockets, necklines, buttonholes and fastenings, decorative techniques and blocking and pressing. They will also continue to add to their Yarn File looking at vegetable based yarns. They will work on the Fashion Accessory craft assessment, developing design ideas from paper through to knitted samples and finally producing the finished original item
This module will explore the design theme texture. Students will collect visual information and work through a number of exercises to develop a range of design ideas based on the theme of Texture (including knitted samples) and develop one idea through to a resolved piece.
This module completes the portfolio of samples with a range of colour knitting, open fabric and stitch combination samples. The Yarn File continues with a look at regenerated cellulose fibres and students will work on their second craft assessment, the Item for Interior use.
This module focuses on the Basic Block, taking accurate measurements to draw up a custom fit garment. Students will consider various garment styles and the modifications that have to be made to the block for each style. They will also cover how to calculate and write a garment pattern, illustrate and present a design idea and write notes on designing for different figure types.
Students will continue to develop their design skills this time focusing on the theme of shape. As part of the process of collecting visual information students will be asked to write a report (including pictures and sketches) on a visit to a museum, exhibition or Stately Home with a view to collecting design information.
In this module students will learn how to translate design images into original knitted swatches. They will conclude the Yarn File with a study of synthetic man-made fibres and will also work on their next craft assessment, a jumper with in-set sleeves.
In this module students will develop design ideas based on the theme of form, working a variety of exercises using both standard and non-standard materials. Students will also complete their report on designer makers in knitting and current fashion trends.
The final module will be focusing on the design development, sampling and making of the Cardigan/Jacket to complete the craft assessments.