Gray's School of Art

Fashion Accessories - Bag Making

Short Course - Foundation

Applications Now Open

Fashion Accessories: Bag Making (Foundation)
This course will offer you the opportunity to learn pattern cutting and sewing construction techniques that are fundamental to the design process.

You will translate bag images, sketches and ideas into 3 dimensional products.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Date
Semester One:
30 Sept - 18 Nov 2019
Semester Two:
6 Jan - 24 Feb 2020
Course Length
40 hours (16 weeks)
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Fashion accessories are one of the fastest growing areas of fashion.

On this course, the first semester is technical and you will make 2 bags from patterns. Then you will research fashion bags, develop your own specification and create your own product/s based on your investigation and design work.

You will learn new pattern cutting skills, understand construction methods and sewing techniques. 

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

You will develop your skills through group workshops, studio-based practice and individual investigation and experimentation. You are encouraged to document your own cutting and making process and create your own personal body of research in a visual diary.

You must provide your own drafting/drawing and cutting equipment. A suggested material list will be issued with booking confirmation.

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills. You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.


This course is not formally assessed. 



Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty. 

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre 

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.

Study Skills Support

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.
This course provides an excellent introduction to 3D construction in textiles. There are no formal entry requirements but it is advisable to have experience of working with a sewing machine.
Course fee: £335

A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Additional costs

Please note you will need to purchase any additional canvas and hardware i.e. buckles, zips. Canvas costs around £10 a meter and hardware will range from £2 - £10.


Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s School of Art Materials Shop. Find out more:  



Gray's School of Art Materials Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Materials Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9.00am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each semester to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.

Gray's School of Art Materials Shop


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


Apply direct to the university using our online application form. 

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

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