The Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings will be the perfect choice if would like to start your own business offering exclusive hand finished curtains or if you would like to know more about the construction methods required to tackle your own project and help family and friends with theirs. You can also progress onto a degree in Interior Design with NDA and expand the range of design skills you can offer, if you study our Technical Drawing and space planning unit.
Who should do this course?
- Would you like to make exclusive hand finished soft furnishings for your home?
- Have you already made your own simple curtains successfully?
- Do friends and family tell you that you should start a curtain making business?
- Would you like to start a business but need a professional qualification?
- Would your existing business benefit from more professional techniques, and business advice?
- Would you like to use this course as an entry onto the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design?
... then this is the course for you!
About the course
The accredited Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings is the ideal course if you want to design your own projects, help your friends and family with theirs or if you would like to set up your own soft furnishings workroom. If you already have a curtain making business but don’t have a qualification or the advanced skills required to design and make beautiful hand finished curtains, then you can enhance your business by studying this Diploma course, flexibly around your existing business. The Diploma is accredited by AIM Awards.
This comprehensive Diploma course covers everything you need to know from how to design and measure beautiful window treatments, all the professional construction techniques, right through to business advice for starting your own business and workroom. This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and confidence you will require to undertake your own projects, start or enhance a business or alternatively, it will offer you a guaranteed progression route to further study, and a career as an interior designer.
One Curtain Making Diploma – Two Ways to Study
The National Design Academy has been delivering Soft Furnishings qualifications for almost 30 years. This practical Diploma course is designed to be studied flexibly, online from anywhere in the world and is very user-friendly. You can study with your Personal Tutor around your other commitments, which is really important if you have a job or a family. All students are different and they will all study at a different pace. Most Diploma students complete their course in approximately 6-9 months. Others with more time to spare complete more quickly, while some will take longer and may require the maximum period of 12 months to complete the course. If you need more time you can simply extend any assignment hand in date and should you be faced with extenuating circumstances it is possible for us to extend the end date of your course on your behalf for a small fee. Always speak to your Personal Tutor.
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If you prefer to study in a classroom with lots of personal attention from your Tutor then the in-studio course could be for you. It may suit your needs if you wish to fast-track your qualification to start your new business or if you wish to study a second Diploma or study for a degree. You will study at the NDA Studios in Nottingham for 2 separate weeks, one at the beginning of your course and one at the end, with approximately 4-6 weeks in between to spend working on a short project and improving your construction techniques. (Approximately 20 hours over the 4-6 weeks)
Week 1:Attend In-Studio at the NDA studios in Nottingham, UK
Weeks 2 - 6:Work on design projects at home (approximately 30 hours)
Week 7:Return to the NDA Studios in Nottingham, UK
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What next after your Diploma Course?
Once you have successfully completed the NDA Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings, you may opt to further develop your academic knowledge and study the exciting world of Interior Design. Different options include studying the Diploma in Professional Interior Design or progressing onto the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design, after studying our Technical Drawing and space planning unit. Successful Diploma students will receive a generous Progression Scholarship to study the Foundation Degree.
The Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings is designed to help you start your own Soft Furnishings Workshop. The course includes professional advice on how to set up a business, marketing tips, quoting and charging for your services and all the equipment you will need for a professional workroom. Like the Diploma course itself, you can work flexibly for your clients around your family commitments and gradually expand your business. You could also study the Professional Interior Design Diploma to offer additional design services to your clients.
What Will I Study?
Unit 1. Fabric, Design Selection and Colour Theory
In this Unit you will investigate the use of texture, pattern, form and function in the selection of fabrics for soft furnishings. You will experiment with ideas, techniques and materials in order to develop an individual approach to the collection, recording and communication of information. You will understand current market trends and preferences within design applications; creating soft furnishing colour schemes for a range of contexts. The Unit also recognises the technology employed within colour theory and describes the colour spectrum providing an understanding of the psychological associations of colour.
Unit 2. Estimation for soft furnishings
Designing a window treatment is a combination of creativity, practicality and accuracy. Windows are central to the setting of an interior, they “frame the view” to the outside world, and help to create the right ambience both in daytime and in the evening. Being able to accurately calculate the required quantity of fabric for a variety of fabric types, will also be discussed in this Unit.
Unit 3. Mitres, Hand-stitching Techniques and Pattern Matching
Mitres are used on corners as a way of distributing fabric evenly and hiding raw edges. Usually, true mitres are used on the bottom corners of curtains and false mitres are used on top corners (for example, when tucking fabric under heading tape) or on the top and bottom corners of valances. A variety of hand-stitching techniques, complementing your sewing machine techniques, are invaluable for the creation of quality curtains and soft furnishings. This unit develops the skills of pattern matching, enabling you to correctly position patterned fabrics appropriately for curtain making and you will learn specific stitching skills to ensure that the fabric is correctly positioned.
Unit 4. Lined and Interlined Curtain Construction
By the end of this unit, you will be able to recognise the fire retardant characteristics of a range of fabrics and know how to select suitable fabrics. You will be able to construct an interlined pencil pleat sample curtain and a lined pencil pleat sample curtain with a contrast leading edge. You will learn how to insert interlining, construct a contrast leading edge, attach lining and heading tape and construct a hem. You will also learn how to hand finish the relevant sections of curtains.
Unit 5. Constructing Hand-Sewn Buckram Headers
By the end of this unit, you will be able to construct a curtain valance sample to a finished width/drop specification using buckram. You will calculate, measure and construct the pleats for a range of hand-sewn headings. You will secure the lining and insert the buckram, produce a machine finish to the relevant sections of the valance sample and produce a hand finish to the relevant sections of the valance sample. You will also learn how to position and attach Velcro, as well as how to attach a contrast trim to a valance.
Unit 6. Constructing Piped Crescent Tie Backs and Flange Cushions
Bringing a finished scheme together is not only about finding the right furniture to suit the space. The finishing details are just as important. Choosing the right accessories, whether the smallest detail or largest focal point, can have a significant impact upon how a room creates a comfortable atmosphere. Such details as piped edges on crescent tie backs can emphasise attention to detail in a project. This element, along with the creation of flange cushions, form the practical elements of this Unit.
Unit 7. Constructing a Roman Blind
Blinds are very versatile and can be made from a minimal amount of fabric. They can be contained within the limits of the window frame or placed outside the recess to ‘dress’ the window. Blinds are a practical form of window treatment, often used in conjunction with curtains or dress curtains and in this unit, you will be producing one of the most popular window dressings; a roman blind.
Unit 8. Constructing a Padded Pelmet
Pelmets and valances give a decorative and formal finish to the tops of curtains and, at the same time, hide the curtain heading and track from view. They can be used to create a dramatic effect and alter the proportions of a window. The pelmet or valance, for example, can be fixed higher than usual to make the window appear taller or extended at the sides to make it appear wider. By the end of this unit, you will be able to recognise appropriate fabrics, estimate fabric quantities and construct a hard board pelmet using a mixture of both machine and hand-finished techniques.
Unit 9. Constructing Piped Cushions, Swags and Tails
Swags and tails are the ultimate way to dress a window, creating a grand treatment that is suitable for formal rooms. They look sophisticated when made up in rich fabrics and trimmed with fringe. However, untrimmed swags and tails look much simpler and can be used in less formal settings, even kitchens and bathrooms. In this unit, you will produce both a lined swag and lined tail sample, adding top bands and Velcro to finish.
Unit 10. Setting Up a Soft Furnishings Business
Within this unit, an understanding of the importance of structuring a business will begin to be developed. Whether working within the creative industries or starting your own soft furnishings workroom, the importance of understanding good business practice cannot be overstated. It is possible to be very creative making soft furnishings but this, on its own, does not mean that your business will be successful. There are a great many skills associated with running a business, some of which will be explored in this unit.
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