If you have a creative soul with practical ability, a course in furniture making may be an ideal route to a rewarding career. Furniture design is a specialised field where function and fashion collide. Furniture has evolved and changed with the times, some styles have remained constant throughout the years, while others have drastically changed or become obsolete.
We offer two ways to train in furniture design and making, either full-time at college or part-time as an apprentice. You may wish to start full-time and build your skills and confidence before moving on to an apprenticeship. Whatever your prior knowledge or experience, we can offer you a starting point on the road to a creative and rewarding career.
This Level 3 qualification is also available as an advanced apprenticeship route.
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You would like to gain an advanced qualification in furniture design and production.
GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above plus a relevant Level 2 qualification.
The majority of your time will be spent in our workshops, perfecting your craft, with assignments and projects making up your assessment to gain the qualification. Essential skills developed, both traditional and new and will include:
• Hand tool skills
• Wood machining
• Joint structure, strength & finishing
• Understanding timber types
• Technical drawing
Often you will get the chance to work on live commissions with clients that will give you an invaluable insight into the commercial world of furniture design and making.
Researching the history of furniture design to the making of your own designs into finished practical pieces.
University study such as our BA (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practice or a specialist furniture design qualification at other universities.
There are a wide variety of careers including designing, manufacturing and installation.
Bethany Noy Furniture Design & Making Level 3Bethany discovered furniture making after a brief foray into various arts courses, looking for a creative outlet for her talents and passion for the medium of wood. Since completing her course Bethany has been awarded second place at the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen Awards.
“I was always into art and design and I did quite a few courses doing textiles and sculpting and that sort of thing and really enjoyed working with wood which led me to a course doing carpentry and joinery, however that was more to do with roofs, doors and windows, but I wanted to go down the more bespoke, creative route and ended up on this furniture making course which is great.”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.