Furniture Design and Manufacture Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

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.

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

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.

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 on to design, craft or art subjects at degree level.

Course Summary

Course Title Furniture Design and Manufacture Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

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

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I found the entire experience of studying my Level 2 course really rewarding, that I decided to further my knowledge by completing a Level 3 course. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my professional development in the workplace.

Amanda, ILM Leadership & Management Level 3

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