Embroidery training programs can be found within the continuing education departments of colleges or technical schools. Students can also find programs available through professional associations.
10 Schools for Embroidery Training
The following schools offer programs in embroidery, textiles, or fiber arts.
|College/University||Institution Type||Location||Degree Offered||Tuition (2016-2017)*|
|Embroidery Design School||Less-than-2-year, Private||St. Louis, MO||Non-degree institution||$200|
|National Academy of Needlearts||Less-than-2-year, Private||National||Certification||$30 membership fee|
|California College of the Arts||4-year, Private||San Francisco/Oakland, CA||Bachelor's||$44,976|
|Embroiderers' Guild of America||Less-than-2-year, Private||Louisville, KY||Certification||$100-300|
|American Needlepoint Guild||Less-than-2-year, Private||Nationwide||Certification||$30 registration fee & additional associated postage fees|
|Savannah College of Art and Design||4-year, Private||Savannah, GA||Bachelor's, Master's||$35,190 (undergraduate), $36,045 (graduate)|
|Rhode Island School of Design||4-year, Private||Providence, RI||Bachelor's, Master's||$46,800|
|Maryland Institute College of Art||4-year, Private||Baltimore, MD||Bachelor's||$43,760|
|University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth||4-year, Public||Dartmouth, MA||Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate, Master's||$13,188 (undergraduate), $11,245.50 (graduate)|
|Indiana University||4-year, Public||Bloomington, IN||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,388 (undergraduate), $9,270 (graduate)|
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when researching embroidery training programs:
- Digital embroidery manufacturers offer for-profit training programs both online and in person; nonprofit needlework and embroidery organizations may offer independent study courses, scholarships and certifications.
- Students who are interested in technical applications for embroidery work can earn undergraduate certificates to complement any major.
- Individuals wishing to further their education in embroidery may want to consider undergraduate or graduate fine arts programs in textiles and fiber arts.
Nonprofit Educational Courses
Several nonprofit organizations serve those who make and appreciate embroidered pieces.
Software Training Courses
Digital embroidery equipment courses train students in a specific manufacturer's software or provide a general introduction to the technology. These programs rarely offer a formal diploma or certificate, but may provide hands-on experience in the form of internships and classes.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs
Fine arts programs teach the art, craft and design elements of working with fabrics. Textile artists may incorporate performance, video and other elements into their projects.
Textiles certificate programs emphasize technical skills for working in the textile industry. Students are required to have a bachelor's degree, though this degree can be in any field.
For students interested in the embroidery craft, many options for educational training are available. Certificate programs through professional organizations as well as academic degrees from higher institutions are commonly available.