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    has anyone ever done a home learning course?

    I want to start a fashion course sept 2011, but have no experience and I'm currently studying a degree in graphic design, there seems to be no night or part time courses I could do in my area that I could study at the same time as finishing my degree, so with no other ideas Iv thought I could maybe do one of the home learning courses in fashion, or clothing design. Has anyone ever done one? would it be beneficial or just a waste of money? any info, advice etc would be great. thanku

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    most(if not all) of these home learning courses are a complete ripoff-outdated materials and a qualification that isnt worth the paper its printed on.

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    barky

    most(if not all) of these home learning courses are a complete … most(if not all) of these home learning courses are a complete ripoff-outdated materials and a qualification that isnt worth the paper its printed on.



    I did kindof guess as much, just unsure of what else to do. beside getting loads of books on making your own clothes, bags etc and just spending all my spare time attempting stuff, and researching

    doing the research and spare time making is probs the best thing to do, maybe you could even get some sort of 'work experience' in a fashion job, pattern cutting etc. sometimes they teach you stuff..and you could build your own experience up that way and progress. However all of this a bit tricky while still studying full time and having a part time job (if you do). good luck though.

    I'm going to finally get sewing again once I have my table set up.

    I was looking at a home access scheme for a Microsoft exam i'm studying for, they wanted £2500 for the course, exam fee's and materials. Decided against it picked up the official study guide for £10.96 second hand and booked the exam for £80 total price £90.96....kinda a long way off £2500.

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    MissRoo

    doing the research and spare time making is probs the best thing to do, … doing the research and spare time making is probs the best thing to do, maybe you could even get some sort of 'work experience' in a fashion job, pattern cutting etc. sometimes they teach you stuff..and you could build your own experience up that way and progress. However all of this a bit tricky while still studying full time and having a part time job (if you do). good luck though. I'm going to finally get sewing again once I have my table set up.



    your probably right, I think ill do that, i dont have a part time job, Im just very careful with my money, use my student finance to pay bills and sell stuff so I can buy new stuff (off carboots and ebay). I need to get a sewing machine thow, i have a necci but iv lost the footswitch and have no idea how to use it. i should be able to afford to spend about £70 on one, any recommendations, particularly one that can do zips.

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    natversion1

    I was looking at a home access scheme for a Microsoft exam i'm studying … I was looking at a home access scheme for a Microsoft exam i'm studying for, they wanted £2500 for the course, exam fee's and materials. Decided against it picked up the official study guide for £10.96 second hand and booked the exam for £80 total price £90.96....kinda a long way off £2500.



    maybe ill be able to get a study guide then, from ebay? i wouldnt know where else to look

    barky

    most(if not all) of these home learning courses are a complete … most(if not all) of these home learning courses are a complete ripoff-outdated materials and a qualification that isnt worth the paper its printed on.



    Depends on what you want, the company you do it with, the amount of time & effort you put in and the amount of hand-holding you expect.......

    I'd go with a large company, offering a nationally recognised qualification (eg NVQ etc)

    Wife is doing an NVQ with the National Extension College and its been okay (you can also pay NEC with Tesco Clubcard vouchers)

    My wife is currently doing an OU course.

    She has paid with Tesco vouchers (I think!?)

    She's delighted with it

    Away for a few days at the mo' so can't ask her directly, but could from Thurs onwards if you wish

    Cheers

    Bill

    the OU is great, on my 5th course, you may be entitle to help with payments too, worth a look

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    loupomm

    the OU is great, on my 5th course, you may be entitle to help with … the OU is great, on my 5th course, you may be entitle to help with payments too, worth a look



    ill have a look. thankyou

    cant seem to find any courses that are fashion/clothes making related
    Edited by: "tatemze" 10th Aug 2010

    your probably right, I think ill do that, i dont have a part time job, Im … your probably right, I think ill do that, i dont have a part time job, Im just very careful with my money, use my student finance to pay bills and sell stuff so I can buy new stuff (off carboots and ebay). I need to get a sewing machine thow, i have a necci but iv lost the footswitch and have no idea how to use it. i should be able to afford to spend about £70 on one, any recommendations, particularly one that can do zips.



    well if you don't have a part time job I would defo go for some work experience type stuff then. Even if you do an online course.. as real hands on stuff would be a real asset... and if it was a paying job then even better. I saw an ad in a fabric/sewing shop for an assistant that would be taught how to do stuff while getting paid. Was only every Saturday.. but that type of thing would be very good. I'd have gone for it myself if I wasn't already busy. So keep your eyes peeled around local shops and ask around.

    at the end of the day, I would of thought your graphic design skills would interest fashion design type places.. with all the illustrative work that can go on there. so good luck.

    I will ask my mum about a machine that helps with zips, as she's the real pro !


    loupomm

    the OU is great, on my 5th course, you may be entitle to help with … the OU is great, on my 5th course, you may be entitle to help with payments too, worth a look

    loupomm

    the OU is great, on my 5th course, you may be entitle to help with … the OU is great, on my 5th course, you may be entitle to help with payments too, worth a look



    was just going to say, they aren't that great with arty stuff. sadly.

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    MissRoo

    well if you don't have a part time job I would defo go for some work … well if you don't have a part time job I would defo go for some work experience type stuff then. Even if you do an online course.. as real hands on stuff would be a real asset... and if it was a paying job then even better. I saw an ad in a fabric/sewing shop for an assistant that would be taught how to do stuff while getting paid. Was only every Saturday.. but that type of thing would be very good. I'd have gone for it myself if I wasn't already busy. So keep your eyes peeled around local shops and ask around. at the end of the day, I would of thought your graphic design skills would interest fashion design type places.. with all the illustrative work that can go on there. so good luck.I will ask my mum about a machine that helps with zips, as she's the real pro !



    thankyou thats great. i will have a look around see if anywhere wants help, theres an alterations shop about 5 doors down from my house, ill ask in there.
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