Millinery: Hat Making Using Felt (Beginners/Intermediate)

Course Description

In addition to our weekend hat making courses this programme gives a more in depth understanding of the techniques used to produce stylish and contemporary hats. Each term will focus on different materials and methods: Felt in the autumn, Straw, Sinamay and woven materials in spring, and in summer, the development of patterns for both soft and structured hats will be in focus. Each course will cover a range of techniques to enable you to produce modern hats with a professional finish.

Location: Camden

Course Content

This course will teach you how to develop patterns for both soft and structured hats. Using the correct foundation materials and interlinings you will learn to cut, stitch and construct hats from the flat pattern method. As well as learning to size and finish a hat to a professional standard you will be encouraged to develop your design skills and individual style.

This is a structured course with an emphasis on design, creativity and use of materials and is suitable for anyone interested in the subject. No previous experience of hat making is necessary
Attendance on all three courses will provide a strong grounding in the core techniques of the subject.

Students can repeat the terms to develop their work further.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will develop skills by engaging with suitable projects determined by your existing level of experience in discussion with your tutor. Teaching is both as a whole class and as an individual or one-to-one basis using demonstrations discussion examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material.
During the first session you will be assessed by the tutor to identify your personal learning goals and experience to date. If you find the course is not suitable, you will be advised on a more suitable pathway.
You will work at your own pace and you will be given verbal and written feedback on your progress.
If you have additional learning support needs, you will be signposted to support.

At the end of the course the tutor will assess your progress and advise you on the next step.
You will participate in group discussions, lectures and practical activities.

All resources used within each lesson are available on the online learning platform, iLearn.

Independent Learning

There is no formal homework, however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, gigs 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.

Qualification you will achieve

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

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Information

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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 provides all the basic materials and equipment you will need to complete the course. Your tutor will advise you where you can buy materials or equipment to extend your study, should you wish.

The College also provides additional financial support through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF); however there are eligibility criteria that applies. Please refer to the DLSF policy which can be found at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572