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Furniture Design & Making Diploma

Level 3

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Key Info

Learning Area   Construction
Delivery Mode   Work-based
Duration   1 Year

Dates & Locations

Location   Cornwall College Camborne
Start Date   As required

This advanced qualification will introduce you to the complete process of furniture design and production, from researching the history of furniture design to the making of your own designs into finished practical pieces. 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.

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.

  What You Will Learn

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

  Entry Requirements

GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above plus a relevant Level 2 qualification such as the Furniture Making Diploma Level 2. An employer willing to take you on as an apprentice.


You will be assessed through both projects and assignments.


University study such as our FdA Art & Design Practice with possible progression on to our BA (Hons) Art & Design Practice (top-up degree).

A specialist furniture design qualification at other universities.

A wide variety of careers including designing, manufacturing and installation.


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