I joined the diploma (now Apparel Creation) to learn how to make things properly, and clearly from what I learned I was not doing it properly in the past! I also joined with a view to doing something with my study after completion and although its difficult with work I am definitely going to try out a few things, and I have some great ideas. During the course I sometimes found it difficult to coordinate with work and found I needed more time, but sometimes you need to take account of life, as it was I sometimes struggled to find time to tackle assignments, however I am now fully up to date. Our group gets along well and it is good with small numbers as I feel we all get good attention. The tutors are fantastic and really know their subjects. I now fully appreciate the effort that goes into making clothes. I would recommend the Academy for anyone who want a practical hands on course.

Fiona Bignall