How will I be taught?
Craft courses provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for a chosen craft to a higher level. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques. It is important to note that craft courses are practical, requiring a degree of manual dexterity. Students will need to participate fully to get the most out of the course. Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practicing crafts people.
There is no formal exam, the portfolio of written work which will give evidence of and explain your practical work, will be assessed throughout the course and your tutor will give you constructive feedback and support to help you achieve the level required.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need:
-A pen and notebook
-2 A4 ringer binder folders with dividers
-Any cake decorating tools you have
The tutor will discuss exactly what you will be using each week at the first session. There will be a cost for approximately £15 each week as you will be asked to bring cakes to ice. Some weeks the cost will be considerably less.
Please do not purchase any additional equipment until you speak to the tutor during the first session.
Please be aware that the items produced throughout this course are for educational purposes only, not for consumption
What can I do next?
Further Improvers courses or specialist cake decorating days, you tutor will be able to advise you.
What do I need to join the course
A secure knowledge of basic cake decorating techniques such as crumb coating, covering with fondant icing, cake carving and modeling with sugar paste is necessary. You will be assessed by the tutor prior to enrolment to ensure you will be able to succeed on this course.
This course is likely to be suitable for those who have attended several beginners classes.
Pre selection testing is required before enrolling on these courses. A practical assessment session must be attended which can be booked through the customer relations team in Dartford AEC. Students will be asked to bring their own materials and demonstrate a selection of basic skills and techniques, exact requirements will be sent out nearer the time. Students are also required to bring a written piece of work as below –
Write up the method of how you made the last cake you baked and reflect on what went well and what you could do to improve it.
You will need to allow time each week to complete your written and photographic portfolio submissions, this should take approximately 1-2 hours per week. You will also need time to gather the materials you need each week, which will often involve baking a cake in advance of the lesson.
If you are interested in enrolling please contact the centre to book on one of our assessment sessions.