City and Guilds – Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Embroidery/Creative Techniques

Please note that City & Guilds have made a number of changes to the courses they offer, for up to date information please contact :  Dawn Thorne C&G Course Leader 07773 351550 .


The City & Guilds syllabus covers a wide range of textile, mixed media and embroidery techniques.

As well as learning basic and advanced design concepts and approaches enabling students to explore their own creative potential through a series of assignments.

City & Guilds qualifications are recognized the world over and many students go on to become influential textile artists, tutors and authors.

Our City & Guilds Courses can also be undertaken on a distant learning basis.

City & Guilds – Creative Embroidery/Stitched Textiles

  • Level 3 Certificate
  • Level 3 Diploma

Both courses are run over two years at South Hill Park Arts Centre, under the WSTA Textile School and can be studied under our distance-learning programme.

The Certificate course is delivered over Five Modules, which link together both the design unit and the craft textile unit.

The Five modules are:

  • Module One – Line, Tone & Texture
  • Module Two –  Colour, Shape & Pattern
  • Module Three – Colour, Surface manipulation & Distortion
  • Module Four – Pattern, Relief & Visual interference
  • Module Five – Form & 3 Dimensions

Four Modules are worked within set themes; however, each selected theme does allow scope for personal interpretation and development. One module is explored to a personally chosen theme.


The course consists of two units




Unit 1

The craft unit consists of 5 modules, covered on the first year of study (together with techniques and an assessment from the craft/textile unit).

The modules are:

  • Colour
  • Line and Markmaking
  • Shape and Pattern
  • Visual and surface texture
  • Form and dimension

Within each of these, you will produce a body of design work, which can be taken into the craft area.


Unit 2

The Craft/Textile unit

This part consists of 4 major assessments, a portfolio of samples including samples linked to design, together with 3 Experimental samples which have design work with a written evaluation.  In addition, a short late 19th/20th century study of embroidery and 3 contemporary textile artists and designers.

You will work to project briefs for the following assessments:

  •  An Accessory or set of accessories
  • An Embroidered Panel
  • A Wall hanging
  • A functional 3 Dimensional Item

Together with each finished item you will produce an accompanying folder/sketchbook showing a range of design development, fabric and stitch trials, method of working, costings etc.  You will learn to demonstrate the ability to work to a client brief, producing working roughs and presentation methods.

The Portfolio of Samples consists of a wide range of embroidery techniques, using hand and machine stitch, in both a traditional and experimental way.  Some samples lead to resolved samples linked to a design source.

In addition you will look at ways of colouring fabrics, dyeing, Shibori methods, space dyeing etc heat transfer dyeing to name but a few. Printing and stenciling, gilding.  Bonding and manipulation techniques.Exploring and pushing the boundaries is the name of the game.You will get to use soldering irons, hot air tool, wax pots embellishers etc.

In addition to the portfolio of samples as a separate assessment, you will work a design to take forward into an experimental stitch sample that demonstrates innovative use of learnt techniques.  Each sample will also require a written evaluation of the process.

You are required to produce THREE of these samples.


Level 3  Diploma

You will need to complete the Certicate, before commencing on the Diploma

Unit 1 Design for Research – Personal Study

Unit 2 Craft/Textile and an Illustrated Study


Unit 1 – Design Unit

The design Unit consists of a Research Project executed as a Personal Study into something that excites you as an individual.  It is worked mainly as a self-managed project with some design methods learnt in class.  The whole project should show a cohesive range of drawings, studies and design development-showing use of a wide variety of design and art mediums.

Unit 2 – Craft/Textile

The Diploma course enforces and extends on previously learnt techniques from Certificate level, enabling you to take them to a higher level.

In addition, you will learn to make hand-made paper and silk paper methods.  Look at a wide range of felt making methods, extend, and add to bonding and manipulation techniques.

In addition, you will learn traditional Gold work using traditional threads and materials.  From the traditional gold work comes the experimental use of metallic threads and fabrics, metals.

As in the Certificate level, you will produce a portfolio of samples and resolved samples, including dyeing methods etc. You will look at devore’ batik, image transfer and discharge methods.

The Unit consists of Four major assessments:

  •  A Metal Thread Item
  • A Panel or Wall hanging
  • A Large Scale Item
  • A Constructed Item

As in Certificate, you are required to produce a back-up folder to support this work, together with Client/Maker criteria.

In addition:

You will also produce EIGHT experimental backgrounds for embroidery linked to an area of study. The eight include Paper, silk paper, bonding methods and felt.  Also a Portfolio of Samples, which are covered throughout the course.

An Illustrated Study – this consists of two parts:

  •  English Embroidery – 900 AD – Present Day
  • The work of Three Modern Day Designer. (20thC)

Foreign Embroidery – A brief overview of Europe, India, Africa, China.

Three Countries looked at more fully.

The Illustrated Study focuses on ‘illustration’, which must include your own drawings, sketches, researched images supported by postcards and photographs, together with, written notes on each of the periods in history or countries.

Like the Research Project the Illustrated Study is a self managed, supported by lessons in class.

The Diploma allows you to build upon techniques learnt at Certificate level at take them forward as you develop creatively, showing an individual approach to the craft.



Classroom attendance   – £950  per year  

Distance Learning  – £295/per module

The course fee includes a design starter kit for Distance Learning 

Please note that there is an additional one off fee of  £75 For  City & Guilds registration & certification.