About the Foundation programme

What is the Foundation programme?

Our Foundation Creative Studies – Knitting programme is a 120-hour, supported self-study programme.

Studied over the course of a year, the Foundation programme is ideal for anyone who wishes to study their craft area in depth, which could be for personal interest or for professional development. You may have attended a number of workshops, or done an introductory programme and are now ready to progress, integrating design alongside good craft skills to develop as a designer-maker or pattern designer.

We are very proud to be able to say that our Foundation programme is accredited by City & Guilds as an affiliate centre of Artybird Carnforth.

How does it work?

Debbie teaches this exciting new programme which is studied via distance learning so you can learn from the comfort of your own home at a time and pace to suit you. There’s no pressure and Debbie is on hand to assist and guide you. You will receive plenty of support on your learning journey.

The programme includes:

  • One-to-one tutor calls (by phone or zoom/teams) and regular check-ins
  • Our ‘coffee shop catch-ups’ – a great chance to have an informal chat with other students
  • Comprehensive, professionally produced videos showing all the key knitting techniques you’ll be learning
  • Photo-illustrated step-by-step tutorials which are available to view online or download and print
  • A student-only Facebook group as well as our Facebook page where you can keep up with the latest news
  • Topic-led live Zoom calls – chosen by students, this may be live journaling/sketching, covering a knitting technique or a discussion of our favourite artists

Is the Foundation programme right for me?

To get the most out of the programme we recommend that Foundation students are confident in the knitting essentials (cast on, cast off, knit, purl, increasing, decreasing, finishing and seaming). As the knitting techniques are taught with a design-led focus, some experience of design is useful. This could be from adapting commercial patterns or through skills gained on the Introductory programme or another course. If you are undecided between the Introductory and Foundation programmes, we would encourage you to get in touch and Debbie will be happy to talk you through the options.

How can I find out more?

For more information about the Foundation programme our prospectus can be downloaded and printed or you can view a copy by clicking on the image (right).

When can I enrol?

We are currently taking expressions of interest for our next intake in May. If you are interested in enrolling, please email us and we’ll be in touch as soon as enrolments re-open.


The fee for the Foundation programme is £900 plus a £50 fee which covers the cost of assessment and certification with City & Guilds.

How do I enrol?

If you would like to enrol we would love to have you join us! Please email us to express your interest. As soon as enrolment is open we will let you know and you will be able to book your place online.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch by completing the contact form below, dropping Debbie an email or simply give us a call. The programme may be online but we’re very keen to make sure there are ‘real humans’ you can speak to as well!

We hope you can join us on this amazing learning adventure!

Introductory Creative Studies - Knitting

Our Introductory Creative Studies – Knitting programme is a 30-hour, supported self-study programme you can complete in your own time. Learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.

Making Futures - Foundation programme in Creative Studies - Knitting

Foundation Creative Studies - Knitting

The Foundation Creative Studies – Knitting is a more in-depth 120 hour structured programme that runs over the course of 12 months with regular one-to-one virtual tutorials and group sessions.

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