indulge in… a short course or two (part 1- arts and crafts) invites you to check out a short course from the variety on offer from institutions such as the MSA and MCAST

Although the heat is showing no signs of abating, summer is slowly fading away and autumn fast approaching. With the various activities that may have occupied your summer giving way to the new winter work, family, and/or school routine, you may find yourself with time on your hands. Why not use that time to attend a short course of sorts and learn something new? Or maybe, you’d like to further your skills in an art or trade you have already studied.

Whatever your age, academic background and indeed motivation, the team at can report there a multitude of short courses in a number of trades, vocations and the visual and performing arts – to name but a mere handful – being offered by some of Malta’s leading institutions to whet the appetite of the potential – or perpetual student.

With both the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) and the Malta College of Arts, Sciences and Technology recently launching their respective prospectuses, the time is ripe to dive in and sift through the enticing and diverse courses on offer – with both popular and new courses gracing both lists and providing applicants with an undertaking that will ultimately provide a source of enormous satisfaction and personal pride.

The MSA offers courses in the visual, applied and performing arts within its premises – the beautifully-renovated Palazzo de La Salle. As from October this year, around 40 different courses will be taught by the society’s highly qualified tutors, and they will run until the end of January.

MSA Short Courses – Ganutell 1

With a focus on traditional Maltese arts and crafts, the MSA is introducing a new course in filigree-making. Filigree artist Kevin Attard will tutor students in the arts of ġenwiża, matta and nuċċalijiet motif fillers, and learn other basic techniques. The long list of courses also includes opportunities in traditional crafts like lacemaking, crochet, ganutell and embroidery.

Apart from that, the MSA will offer courses in cake-decorating, various aspects of sewing and tailoring and many more. It also offers a wide range of courses in visual and performing arts – and more information can be found in Part 2 of the article series.

Gardening – image by rawpixel – Pixabay

On its part, MCAST offers innumerable part-time courses in a variety of areas. With various flexible and affordable options on offer, participants will find they can easily unlock their potential to further their studies and careers

MCAST also offers short courses in some applied arts, including tailoring, gardening, jewellery making and fashion design. MCAST also has an abundance of courses in trade and industry; details of which may be found Part 3 of the article series.

For a full list of courses and more details about the individual courses, fees, tutors and times, please visit and for MSA courses and for the MCAST Courses

Paula Fleri-Soler

Paula has a pedigree in TV and stage production (children's and family entertainment) and a passion for the arts. She's taken the reins on The Artists' Directory - Malta and the relevant content for the site.

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