Julia Caprara School of Textile Arts

testimonials

I really enjoyed studying for my degree in embroidery with OPUS – developing old skills and learning new approaches to stitch. The distance learning meant I could work full time to fund the study and the frequent discussions with tutors worked well to focus on the various modules. The degree gave me a good basis to continue to develop my personal practice as a textile artist.
Jacqui Frost, 2006 graduate

I found the course stimulating and the tutorial system ideal for studying by long distance learning. There was opportunity to meet tutors and students throughout the course and I had no problems keeping up with the work load even with a full time job. It was truly a life changing experience for me.
Joan Baillie, 2005 graduate

How was it to study for the degree?

It was good:

  • to be able to study at times that suited me, and in my own space with all my tools and materials to hand,
  • to be assisted, directed, motivated and encouraged in my development by first class tutors and practitioners,
  • to get to know like minded fellow students,
  • to benefit from an exhaustive, thought-provoking and testing curriculum.

It was not easy – but that was what made it worthwhile.
Lois Woodger, 2005 graduate

I would say that the distance learning degree is most suitable for students like me wanting to study part-time due to other commitments. Its great if you are settled in an area, want to stay but have no access to university.

It is especially good if you want to establish yourself as a practising artist giving good contacts in the wider Textile Arts area. The amount of tutor time helps you to develop your practice. Tutor time is much more than the Open University.

Working alone at home as an artist becomes part of your daily routine so you can carry on once the degree is completed. It also develops personal resourcefulness and problem solving skills. By the end of the course you will have the confidence to produce meaningful work which you can write and talk about with professionalism.

My personal difficulties were accessing university level libraries and lack of athens on line library access. Also being remote on an island having limited resources in exhibitions, museums etc., I feel that meeting up in London at least once each year is most important to meet personally with students and tutors. It also gives the opportunity to attend other students’ talks, lectures and other exhibitions for inspiration.
Julie Fayle, 2010 graduate

Through this wonderful course, my informed critical response to contemporary textile practice has greatly developed. Each carefully written module has given me the ability to respond both intellectually and artistically to many topical issues and I have gained a much deeper understanding of the qualities inherent to a wide range of materials. I found distance learning highly advantageous as it allowed me to work at my own pace, within the confines of a timetable that had previously been negotiated with my tutors and the one-to-one tutoring system is second to none.
Julie Harper, 2010 graduate

The distance learning degree course has been for me a great and unique opportunity for studying textile art. In Italy there aren’t schools for creative stitching, so JC school was just right for the degree I wanted to achieve. I have found the course very well organised and it was exciting to study with very competent tutors.

The fact of working ‘isolated’ in Italy and the impossibility to compare my work with the other ones, gave me the strength to challenge my creativity and to work in a more personal way. Meanwhile, studying part-time at home I also got the time to participate in textile exhibitions and to carry on my daily commitments.

By the end of the course I felt to have acquired self-confidence and freedom in my way of working. Thanks to my degree I feel now a professional artist.
Tiziana Tateo, 2010 graduate

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