Who is the course for?

This is an exciting and stimulating practical course for those who have achieved a City & Guilds Level 2 furniture qualification and want to learn more about designing and making high quality one-off pieces of bespoke furniture. The course centres around the purpose built furniture workshop and will enable learners to develop and improve their practical skills whilst increasing their knowledge of furniture design and manufacture, with the aim of running an own furniture making business.

What does the course involve?

There is a mixture of practical and theoretical sessions with a strong emphasis on professional standard practical skills. The course has a very strong bias towards designing contemporary pieces of furniture while reflecting on and maintaining traditional furniture design and manufacturing skills. Learners will develop an appreciation and knowledge of design principles and then use these skills to design and manufacture a minimum of two exhibition standard pieces of furniture. 

  • Craft studies
  • Health and safety
  • Design and drawing
  • Project work
  • Business skills
  • Running a small workshop
  • Costing and selling
  • Professional practice
  • Presentation of ideas and designs

Learners will be encouraged to produce furniture projects to a very high standard which will be at least commercially saleable. This standard will be achieved with the help and encouragement of the lecturers.

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

  • Level 2 City & Guilds furniture qualification or equivalent
  • or existing craft experience in working with wood
  • Succesful interview
  • A desire to learn about furniture making and a love of working with wood

What are the assessment methods?

Elements that will be continually assessed include:

  • Practical project work
  • Project diaries and evaluations
  • Discussions
  • Written assignments
  • Small research and design assignments
  • Student presentations

How long is the course?

Two years.

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?

Apart from a variety of career opportunities in the craft trade and self-employment, learners could progress to art, design or craft subjects in higher education.

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