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Fashion Accessories - Bag Making

Short Course - Foundation & Intermediate
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

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

Term One:
5 Oct - 23 Nov 2020
Term Two:
11 Jan - 1 Mar 2021

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 term 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 and develop your skills through individual investigation and experimentation. 

You are also encouraged to document your own cutting and making process and create your own personal body of research in a visual diary.

Intermediate students will develop will be encouraged to further challenge and develop their bag making skills with individual projects.  

Please note: This is a combined class of Foundation and Intermediate level students.



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

Learning Methods

You will be supported to understand the design process through class talks, individual/group discussions and studio-based practice.

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. 


Academic Support

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

The Inclusion 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.

Study Skills Support

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


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.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.

  • Course fee: £345

Materials & Equipment

You must provide your own drafting/drawing and cutting equipment. Please note additional canvas and hardware i.e. buckles, zips will need to be purchase by the student. Canvas is around £10 a meter and hardware will range from £2 - £10. 

Fashion production workshop, industrial sewing machines and overlockers, cutting tables, industrial steam irons and vacuum boards.

Pattern cutting paper, pattern notcher, sewing machine needles and bobbins cases. Canvas and hardware for the first bag will be supplied. 

Details on the materials required for your course:


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.

ID Cards

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

Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art 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 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each term 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.


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.

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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.

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