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Future Tutors Programme

Find out about our Future Tutors programme - download our brochure pdf here.

The RSN Future Tutors programme is specifically designed for men and women who wish to make a career in embroidery and teach techniques to the highest standards. This three-year full-time course is the RSN’s own professional qualification and will include a teaching qualification to City & Guilds Level 3

The Future Tutors programme provides you with:

  • Technical skills in a wide variety of hand embroidery techniques
  • Knowledge of teaching theory and practice
  • Elements of commercial practice relevant to freelance embroiderers

Students who complete this qualification will have:

  • The skills to teach traditional hand embroidery techniques to RSN Certificate, Diploma and Degree level
  • The skills to work as a professional embroiderer in a commercial studio
  • Some experience of restoration and conservation work
  • A broad insight into the life of a freelance embroiderer


More details:

  • Students study at our base at Hampton Court Palace, south west London for three-days a week 
  • At least two days each week are spent in self-directed work at home 


Tuition weeks are structured as follows:

  • Two days of tuition in embroidery techniques
  • One day focusing on Art, Business skills, and offsite study trips.

You will have eight weeks off during the year; two weeks at both Christmas and Easter, and four weeks during the summer.

Read a sample syllabus here.

Entry Qualifications:

A good level of education to A Level, or equivalent, including an excellent standard of written and spoken English. No previous experience of embroidery or design is required, but some knowledge to art and design and exposure to RSN teaching is recommended.


The full fee for the three-year course is £11,500 per annum (as at 1 Jan 2018).  However, for recent academic years we have raised funds to reduce this to approx. £4,500. Partial funding may be available to assist with fees, along with student bursaries.  We are always happy to discuss the level of support that might be available. A list of bursaries available to Future Tutors in 2015/16 are listed here.

You will have the opportunity to undertake paid work with the RSN from the end of the first year.

For more information on the course and applications, please contact: