Module one seriously under way

So, finally I am really getting somewhere with module one of my City and Guilds course, from Loraine at WS Touchbase.

City and Guilds is a major organisation in the UK - here are a few relevant quotes: And a bit of history:

City & Guilds offers learners over 500 qualifications in 28 industry areas – so that they can learn skills that equip them to fulfil their career ambitions or enrich their leisure time.


100% of craft plumbers in the UK have a qualifications jointly awarded by us.

And a bit of history:

1878 City & Guilds was established following a meeting of 17 of the City ofLondon’s livery companies, the traditional guardians of apprenticeships and work place training.  Its aim was to establish a national system of technical education. 

1887 We hold the first international City & Guilds examination – in New South WalesAustralia

1900 We are granted a Royal Charter of Incorporation which denoted City & Guilds acceptance as a recognised part of the constitution and national life of theUnited Kingdom. 

1907 Imperial College founded – made up of City & Guilds College, Royal College of Science and Royal School of Mines

So you see, it's a major, internationally recognised organisation. (I'm putting some of this info here for Barb who's checking it out). Imperial College is now a (Science based) college of the university of London.
From the C&G, the course contains two parts - a common unit 'Design for craft', the same as you'd do if you were doing say, pottery, as I understand it. The expected outcomes are: 

1 research and select sources of inspiration and develop design ideas 

2 research and use contextual studies – contemporary, historical and cultural 

3 use a range of materials, mediums and techniques 

4 use a range of styles and sizes of presentation methods 

5 produce and present exploratory and finished design projects 

6 operate tools and equipment safely and effectively 

7 appreciate the application of general design development studies to the craft. 

The second unit is that specific to handknitting, and the expected outcomes are: I hope

1 apply innovative and complex design ideas to planning and making for the craft 

2 plan, prepare and manage the making of complex craft items to a design brief 

3 operate tools and equipment carefully, safely and effectively for complex techniques applicable 

to this craft 

4 make complex craft items to a high standard of craftsmanship, to a design brief 

5 appreciate the contextual influences relating to the craft at this level 

6 use effective presentation skills to display completed items.

I hope that's useful, Barb!

I'm going to post photos in a separate post, or else the fonts etc go haywire, turning into randomly enormous and tiny writing. hope it works this way!