What is IFA CiFT (Foundation)?

IFA CiFT (Foundation) is an educational initiative from the International Feltmakers Association open to all members of the IFA. If you are not a member but want to register for IFA CiFT (Foundation), you will need to join the IFA first.

Its aims are to:

  • encourage high standards in feltmaking at foundation level
  • promote good practice in feltmaking techniques.
  • develop an understanding of the process of felting
  • encourage students to explore felt making techniques.
  • offer the opportunity for students to acquire a sound knowledge of wool

Who is IFA CiFT (Foundation) for?

IFA CiFT (Foundation) is aimed at newcomers/beginners/those with little experience. It is open to all.

Who is IFA CiFT (Foundation) not for?

  • IFA CiFT (Foundation) is a non-accredited certificate and is not in any way to be considered a qualification endorsing someone’s competence to teach.
  • It is not a certificate of IFA approval of goods for sale.

How is the learning organised? Is there a syllabus?

Learning is student based and designed to be carried out at the student’s own pace.

There is a syllabus detailing the techniques which the student have to cover, the work they are required to produce for the portfolio section and the requirements of the subsequent project section.

What does IFA CiFT (Foundation) entail?

There are three sections:

  • Investigation and exploration i.e. skills/knowledge/ information gathering, learning/ practice of technique.
  • Sample portfolio to be submitted for assessment.
  • Project section to be submitted for assessment after successful completion of sample portfolio.

View the outline syllabus – further details are available on registration.

How do students acquire the knowledge and skills needed prior to creating their sample portfolio?

  • Students can attend workshops which teach relevant skills
  • Students can also work without a tutor with input from more experienced feltmakers
  • Books and the internet are also a good source of information for those unable to attend workshops

In all cases it is desirable to maintain links with fellow feltmakers to ensure consistency of standards. Students taking part in the scheme will also be encouraged to maintain regular contact with the Education Officer.

How do students build their sample portfolio?

  • Students work in a non-teaching environment/non-workshop situation putting their acquired skills into practice to produce the required portfolio elements to submit for assessment.
  • Students will be able to ask for advice, but the work submitted should not be done in a workshop under a tutor.
  • he felt work should be accompanied by notes showing the research undertaken.

How do students proceed to the project section?

  • Before embarking on the project section students must have successfully completed the sample portfolio assessment. This entails students submitting their portfolio to the assessment panel and paying the appropriate assessment fee.
  • Students will have received written feedback from the assessment panel.
  • Students will be invited to proceed to the project section.

How do students work on the project section?

  • Students work entirely on their own to complete the assessment projects which draw on all elements of the syllabus.
  • Students are free to use whichever techniques they wish and combine them in whichever way they wish in order to complete the project and produce their own work to submit for assessment.
  • Work produced in a workshop under a tutor will not be accepted.

Is there a cost?

Initially IFA CiFT (Foundation) is only open to members of the IFA. If you are not a member but want to register for IFA CiFT (Foundation), you will need to join the IFA first.

A Registration fee is payable to the IFA before commencing the first stage of IFA CiFT (Foundation). You may then download the full syllabus.

The portfolio (sampling part of the course) is divided into three separate modules. Each module may be submitted for assessment as it is completed. You will then know whether your work is of a satisfactory standard. There is a fee payable for each assessment.

Module 4 is the final module and project section of the course. There will be a further fee when the project section is submitted for assessment.

Return postage (special delivery recommended) for assessment submissions will be paid by the student.

Students will also bear the full cost of any workshops they attend.

Where can students find relevant workshops?

  • Tutors with specialities around the country have been identified. Some may turn up on regional programmes, others students may have to travel to.
  • The Education Officer will maintain a list of tutors offering relevant workshops in UK.
  • Regional coordinators may be able to put students in touch with more experienced members in their region who might be able to help.

Who will the assessors be?

Portfolio sampling modules will be verified by an experienced assessor as they are submitted.

An independent panel of assessors taken from a list held by the Education Officer will meet once a year to discuss any completed project section work).

Is there a time limit?

No, although it might be wise to impose your own time limit, e.g. 1 year for modules 1-3 plus a further 6 months for the final project section.

Will there be an exhibition of work?

It is planned to have completed portfolio work and completed project work on show at the IFA AGM each year.

Book your place at our AGM.