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Art of Paper: Folding, Pleating and Manipulation - Beginner

Course Description

Paper is an inexpensive sculptural material. Pliable and easily folded, pleated, cut and manipulated with simple tools. Three-dimensional shapes from simple to complex and can be useful for artists, architects, fashion designers and milliners. Learn some key basic techniques, hand folding, scoring and manipulation. The sessions will also cover tools and types of paper best suited for this art form. Please note we do not cover paper engineering for pop-up books.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

All levels welcome - no previous experience is necessary.

Teaching and Learning Methods

This is a workshop environment with a focus on practical learning, with one-to-one, individual tutor support. There will also be group discussions and reviews. Where appropriate, the tutors will offer presentations, talks and demonstrations. There will be lots of inspiration using books, Pinterest and the internet Technical handouts will be provided where needed these are available electronically. There is no formal homework, however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and research. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, events or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572