|Study location||United Kingdom, Royal School of Needlework|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
A relevant portfolio is required.
For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Your portfolio should include an edited selection of your best work. Ideally we will want to see evidence of visual research including a range of approaches to drawing from primary and secondary sources; an exploration of your research developed through design sheets, sketchbooks and maquettes; evidence of practical exploration through materials which may include textiles and embroidery. Sketchbooks which show your research methods and critical thinking skills, essays and contextual research including gallery visits are all important components of your portfolio. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you apply.
BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery is a world-renowned course delivered by the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) in dedicated studios at Hampton Court Palace.
As the only full-time specialist degree in Hand Embroidery, you’ll be fully immersed within this specialist discipline, exploring traditional techniques within a contemporary context and learning about the industry and the career opportunities within it.
Study is in small groups with close support and guidance from experienced academics and professional RSN embroidery tutors, with vital connections to a variety of high-profile brands, names and companies which will give you the opportunity to network with your work.
Our fashion and textiles courses are ranked sixth in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2018.
You’ll also have access to the RSN art and design library and its unique textile archive and handling collection.
You’ll explore creative approaches to drawing, design and practice-based research to inform your evolving stitch practice. Through a series of thematic-led projects, you’ll be encouraged to develop your own identity as a creative practitioner.
You’ll have the opportunity to develop portfolio collections of embroidery and to prototype and produce works for fashion, interiors and textile art, as well as work on high-profile live projects.
The course has been designed to provide a dynamic learning experience that connects your individual creative practice with textile and design theory.
You’ll study traditional hand embroidery techniques which you then develop and translate into contemporary outcomes. Preparing you for a successful career in the creative industries is a key focus, and you’ll be encouraged to involve yourself in professional opportunities – deepening your awareness of your current practice within your chosen area of specialism.
The Royal School of Needlework has long-established and international industry links which provide opportunities to enagage with live projects, as well as industry insight from an extensive guest lecturer and professional development programme.
Renowned for the creative expertise of its students and graduates, RSN’s Studio creates bespoke hand embroidery for private commissions. Our connections have included work with Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen: hand embroidery for the wedding dress of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge; and Red Carpet Green Dress: hand embroidery for the Oscar dress worn by actress Naomie Harris.
RSN students have collaborated with high profile clients within the fashion, interiors and gallery sectors including Alexander McQueen, Burberry for Makers House, Hussein Chalayan, Jasper Conran, Nicholas Oakwell Couture for the GREAT Britain campaign, HBO/Game of Thrones, Luxury Made for 100% Design, The New Craftsmen, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Hand & Lock, and Cockpit Arts.
Hand embroidery is such a diverse and specialist subject that it opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Degree graduates have progressed to roles such as embroidery artisans for couture and fashion, studio embroiderers for film and TV costume, freelance embroidery designers, studio designers for interior design companies, and independent designer-makers.
Thanks to generous supporters, RSN is able to make bursary awards to some of its Hand Embroidery students.
Hand embroidery is both a diverse and specialist subject but it opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Degree graduates from the Royal School of Needlework have progressed to roles as:
Embroidery artisans for couture and fashion
Studio embroiderers for Film and TV costume
Freelance embroidery designers
Studio designer-makers for interior design companies
Hand embroidery and textile tutors for Higher Education and Further Education
Postgraduate researchers and academics.
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.