Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

Bridgwater Campus.

Who is the course for?

This exciting and stimulating hands on practical course is for those who want to learn the skills necessary for designing and making high quality one-off pieces of bespoke furniture. The course will enable you to develop and improve your practical skills whilst increasing your knowledge of furniture design and manufacture with the aim of working in the fine woodworking industry or setting up your own workshop.

What does the course involve?

The course has a very strong bias towards designing contemporary pieces of furniture while reflecting on and maintaining traditional furniture design and manufacturing skills. You will develop an appreciation and knowledge of design principles, then use these skills to design and manufacture a minimum of two commercial standard pieces of furniture.

You will cover the units:

  • Designing and making furniture prototypes
  • Design research and development
  • Developing advanced woodworking practical skills
  • Spray finishing

What makes this course special?

  • Our practical based woodwork course takes place in modern, fully equipped workshops and studios, students will also have the opportunity to experience woodturning, marquetry, traditional and spray finishing
  • Visits a range of furniture exhibitions, museums, galleries and furniture workshops
  • Students on this course have the opportunity of submitting their work to the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen & Devon Guilds of Craftsmen for specific new designer maker exhibitions

Placements/Work Placements

These will be arranged independently by the student but are not compulsory for full achievement of the course.

Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range including Maths, English and a Level 2 City & Guilds furniture qualification. Entry is also subject to a successful interview.

What are the assessment methods?

Assessment includes practical project work, project diaries and evaluations, discussions, written assignments, small research and design assignments, student presentations plus end of unit exams.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Learners will study one afternoon and evening per week for two years. Learners will also need to complete a minimum of three hours of independent study per week, which will include completing independent research on furniture design and manufacture and industry professional practice.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

The materials for all projects that a student undertakes will either be self-sourced or purchased from the College stock, subject to availability. Students will also need to purchase steel toe capped footwear, a carpenters apron, a four ring binder and note pad etc.

What are the progression options?

You could develop your own furniture design and manufacture business, or find employment in a commercial furniture workshop or the associated wood craft trades. Alternatively you could progress onto design, craft or art subjects at degree level.

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