Students attend our Foundation programmes where skills are delivered alongside design. As the year progresses they are encouraged to develop their own pathway depending on interests.
Alongside studies, students attend craft shows where they can test the market with their products as well as developing marketing skills. They will get the opportunity to organise a public exhibition of the work of ArtyBird participants.
The business side of the industry is covered so that students are fully equipped to work within the industry.
Student Testimonial – Ellie Wilkin
“During my last year of A levels I was really struggling to find what I wanted to do next. I had been going to ArtyBird once a month to do the Introduction to Machine Embroidery course and was really enjoying it, and learnt a lot in such a small space of time. The idea of doing ArtyBird courses full time was really exciting as they were offering exactly what I was looking for, a year’s textile foundation course; with advice for starting your own business, something that could not find anywhere else. You are given the chance to explore so many different aspects of textiles, from embroidery to creative computing, weaving, dyeing, printing and felting. There is so much to do on these courses that you end up taking home a lot of ideas and pieces to work and you always have something to do. It is jam packed with new experiences from traditional to contemporary ways of working as well as challenges such as presenting work to the public. There is great balance between the design side and the making side of the courses which intertwine throughout. At the end of the day I leave having experienced things I have never tried before and learn so much from everyone else there, whether they are taking part in the same course as me or are at a more advanced level. There is such a range of ongoing projects that it is nice to have the freedom to see what other people are making and what you could go on to do, people are always willing to talk to you. You are taught in small groups and are given individual tuition. The business part of the course is something that I chose to do but I was also offered help for applying for university if that is what I had wanted. It is tailored to what you want to get out of it whether this is for a career or for leisure. It is a big commitment to anyone thinking of taking on this course but I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to develop and learn a huge range of skills, some of which you may never have considered before.”
Powerpoint of her course - written and produced by Ellie Wilkin