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

Course Overview

This exciting and stimulating practical course is for those who want to learn about 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.

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 exhibition standard pieces of furniture.

Modules could include:

  • Craft studies
  • Design research and development
  • Business skills
  • Designing prototypes
  • 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 find employment in a variety of craft trades or become self-employed. 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 Diploma in Practical Furniture Making. Entry is also subject to a successful interview.

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An apprenticeship has been the best option for me since I benefit from working in the industry as well as gaining a qualification. College days give me time to work on my assignments and explore features in the software I haven’t covered at work. During the rest of the week, I develop client relationships which help build my confidence and improve my ability to express ideas.

Heidi Prole - Level 3 Apprenticeship in Graphic Design

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