We have an international reputation for the high standard of millinery study that we offer. Many of our students on millinery courses have been national and international prize winners and have gone on to become successful professional milliners, showing work at London Fashion Week and other high profile exhibitions.

Courses are taught by industry professionals in a specialist millinery studio, and our students are able to get a taste of what it’s like working as a milliner through live projects with industry. Through our links with many British milliners, we can facilitate work experience opportunities for those who wish to pursue millinery as a career. We are happy to offer flexible programmes of study to meet individual student needs.

Course Overview

This one-year programme includes a series of projects designed to develop students’ build on existing millinery skills, develop innovation, and establish a personal millinery style. With a strong focus on design development and specialist couture techniques including hand-shaping, blockmaking, dyeing, and working with non-traditional materials, the course is a fast-paced curriculum aimed at people who want to establish a career in millinery.

Historical and contextual studies, visual studies, illustration and professional development add breadth to studio-based work, alongside projects focussing on theatrical millinery, commercial soft hats, working with felt, occasion millinery for summer, and a final collection. The studio-based independent work is complemented with tutorials, technical demonstrations, lectures and cultural visits.

There is an additional £25 equipment charge payable on the first day of term 1. This contributes to the maintenance of equipment and will be invested in new equipment for the current year.

What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)

The requirement for the course is a solid foundation of millinery skills. These can be gained through lower level courses, as part of a BA course in a related area, through work placement, or even through self-teaching. The course moves quickly, so it is not possible to enrol without a good basic knowledge of millinery.

It is helpful to have experience in any form of drawing, sketching, keeping a sketchbook and design development, though this experience can take many forms.

What does the course lead to?

Completion of the course leads to the majority of students working in the millinery industry. Many former students start by working for another milliner before developing their own business. Millinery work in theatre and film, commercial design, and education are other common pathways. A few students go on to MA-level further education, such as at the Royal College of Art or London College of Fashion.

Where will I study?

The dedicated millinery studio is situated at our Hortensia Road site in Chelsea.

What are the facilities and equipment like?

The millinery studio is a large room with abundant natural light. It has a supply of hundreds of blocks, a fume cupboard, multiple steamers, irons, dye equipment, drying oven, sewing machines and ample worksurfaces. Students will also have access to fashion department equipment such as a heat press, vacuform machine, embellisher, knitting machine, industrial irons and sewing machines, overlockers, etc.

How much will I need to study outside class?

The course is a full-time commitment, and students will need to do extensive independent work outside of college time.

Our students are fully committed to developing their millinery skills and progress into industry. We expect students to be punctual and have full attendance.

How is the course assessed?

Your work will be assessed at the end of each project; you will get regular feedback on your progress in class, as well as in individual tutorials throughout the three terms.

Are any of the course materials on line?

Moodle resources

What books and equipment do I need?

Sewing equipment, millinery materials, art materials, portfolio, access to a computer and camera. An equipment list will be provided on application.

What else do I need to buy/ What extra costs are there?

All students are expected to supply all of their own materials for their project work. The materials and costs will vary depending on the nature of the work. Millinery materials can be very expensive and significant planning should be made to ensure that students can carry out their work as they need to throughout the entire course.

There is an additional £25 equipment charge payable on the first day of term 1. This contributes to the maintenance of equipment and will be invested in new equipment for the current year.

What do I need to bring to the interview?

  • At least three finished hats
  • Any examples of sketchbook, design work, or drawing of any kind
  • Portfolio or images of other relevant work.
  • Campus: Chelsea Centre
  • Times: Wed/Thu/Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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This course is Campus based
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34 weeks
8,500 GBP
Full Fee £5950; Non-EU Fee £8500
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