Year course
Textiles: Ancient to Modern

Thursday 21 September 2017 - Thursday 12 July 2018

  • Thursday, 21 September 2017 - Thursday, 12 July 2018

  • 11.10 – 15.30 (over 3 terms)

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £640.00 - £2,150.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Become familiar with textiles in all their glory by examining techniques and designs from around the world and discover how they have been used in Europe to produce an infinite variety of fabrics and patterns. Over three terms, this Year Course will explore different ways in which textiles can be studied and learn about the many skills required to create the sumptuous textiles in the V&A, from enormous tapestries to gossamer-like webs of lace, from glittering embroidery to muted tweeds.

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Jennifer Wearden

Course Director Jennifer Wearden

Jennifer Wearden was Senior Curator of Textiles in the V&A's Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion until 2005 and is now an Honorary Research Fellow. With experience of the textile industry in Lancanshire, and 28 years working with the textiles collections in the V&A, she now uses her knowledge to devise and deliver successful courses.

I just want to say how absolutely brilliant this course is. My horizons have been stretched by thousands of fascinating miles. 2016/17 Year Course Student

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• Term tickets available by calling +44 (0)20 7942 2000 • Refreshments served • Over 60s discount available, plus concessions for ES40 holders and registered disabled people • No certificate option available

Course Overview

Autumn Term

12 weeks, 21 September – 7 December 2017

The World up to 1600

The first term begins with an introduction to fibres, structures and dyes and, with this foundation in place, it explores what is known about archaeological textiles from Central Asia and around the Eastern Mediterranean.

Spring Term (day tickets on sale now)

11 weeks, 11 January – 22 March 2018

The Age of Exploitation: 1500–1800

This term covers three centuries during which European knowledge of the world expanded and empires rose and prospered. The major themes of this term are exploration and exploitation, with growing awareness of new natural resources, new techniques and new designs.

Summer Term (term tickets on sale now)

13 weeks, 19 April – 12 July 2018

The Age of Mastery: 1750–the present

The final term goes back to the middle of the 18th century, beginning with the Industrial Revolution and the massproduction of textiles and then considering how several influential designers reacted against it, leading to the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau.

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Year course: Textiles: Ancient to Modern

21 September 2017 - 12 July 2018

£640.00 - £2,150.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Summer Term (term tickets on sale now): The Age of Mastery: 1750–the present

19 April – 12 July 2018


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Summer Term (term tickets on sale now) single days

19 April – 12 July 2018


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Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)