Knit Design Online:

Hand Knit Design Course by Distance Learning
with Loraine McClean

How does it work?

Knit Design Online supplies you with printed study materials, divided into modules that consist of clearly identified exercises and tasks.

Your personal tutor, Loraine McClean, supports you as you work through the course and can be contacted by telephone, email or post.

Studying in your own time, you read the course material, complete the tasks and then send your work for assessment, along with payment for the next module.

Loraine will give comprehensive written feedback and pointers for possible improvement. The assessed work is returned to you along with the next module and a pre-addressed padded envelope. You will be asked for a contribution to the return postage above a 'fair usage' cost.

Your confidence and ability will increase steadily as you progress through the modules.

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What are the advantages of distance learning?

The main advantage has to be flexibility. You don't have to attend a classroom on a specific day and time, a great advantage for those with restricted mobility, or who live in a remote area. You can progress at your own pace, with the one-to-one support of a helpful and enthusiastic personal tutor. You can choose to have contact with, and support of, other students on the course.
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Can I do a course if I live outside the UK?

Yes, I have many students abroad and we stay in touch by email and through the Knit Design Online student blog. There will be additional postage costs, contact Loraine for further information on this.
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What do the module fees include?

The fees include detailed exercises and activities presented as written modules. Also comprehensive written assessment for each module.

You pay for each individual module as and when you need it, spreading the cost.
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What if I change my mind after I enrol?

The Distance Selling Regulations 2000 give you a cooling off period of seven working days from receipt of goods. If you are not happy with your course materials you should let me know within seven days of receiving your first module and if you return it (unused and in perfect condition) within 14 days you will receive a full refund. You will be liable for the return postage.
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How long does a course take to complete?

This varies considerably from student to student and is dependent on individual lifestyles. Modules should take from four to twelve weeks. You need to allow at least five hours a week for study. You could complete the course within a year but two years is probably more realistic if you have a busy life.
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Will I have to sit an examination?

There is no examination - you are assessed on a continuous basis, module by module.
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Will I get a qualification?

On successful completion of all the course tasks and assignments you will be awarded a Knit Design Online certificate. This will detail the level of your skill and knowledge.
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Will I be able to work in this area on completion of the course?

The course is designed to provide you with the skill and knowledge needed to become a proficient designer-maker, or to teach knitting courses. You can use your portfolio to apply to study for a Textile Design degree.
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When can I start?

You can start at any time, distance learning has no fixed term times but this is dependent on there being space on the course.
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How do I enrol?

Contact Loraine to ask about the current situation regarding space on courses.
You can contact Loraine here.
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How quickly will I receive my first module?

Once your payment and enrolment have been processed the module is posted to you within a few days.
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What support will I receive?

Loraine treats each student as an individual, encouraging them to achieve their personal goals and enjoy the process. Studying at home doesn't mean studying alone and Loraine is experienced at supporting distance learning students. You can get help seven days a week by email or post and telephone support is available most of the time. If you are feeling unsure that you are going in the right direction you can send part-works in for assessment.
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I am dyslexic, will this be a disadvantage?

No, please contact me to discuss your learning needs.
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Equal opportunities

No-one will be treated any differently because of their gender, age, nationality, colour, sexuality, religion, socio-economic status, disability, religion, politics, family responsibilities or health and I will not tolerate any discriminatory behaviour from students. It's your knitting I'm interested in!
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Contact with others on the course

You can be put in touch with other students, use the Knit Design Online student blog as a meeting place and information exchange and, if you live near enough, attend the regular meetings and visits arranged by Loraine. You might also like to contact other students and organise your own informal meetings.
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Handled personally by Loraine McClean. Any problems encountered please contact Loraine by e-mail or post and she will reply within three working days (unless away). Any complaints will be dealt with promptly and confidentially.
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Data Protection

The information Knit Design Online will need includes: Your name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Knit Design Online will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully (in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998) and will never share information about you without your specific consent.

Knit Design Online will not e-mail you in the future unless you have given your consent, or we have new information relevant to your course.
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Knit Design Online will respect the privacy and security of all of its students.
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All text and images are the copyright of Loraine McClean, all rights reserved.
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Terms and Conditions:

We reserve the right to change terms and conditions at any time. Any purchases or contracts of any sort do not affect the consumer's statutory rights.
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In the case of disputes, the Laws of England and Wales will apply.
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