Start dates: January, May, September
The 20 week course covers all the same elements as the 12 week course while allowing more time to complete your projects, and will give you much needed practice whilst having support and advice when it is needed. Your project will be designed by you, but you’ll be supported every step of the way, with advice on proportion, aesthetics, ergonomics, material selection and functionality on hand.
This course is ideal for international students from non-EU countries. Due to strict immigration controls visitors can now only get a six month visitor’s visa, which unfortunately means we usually cannot accept international students onto our year long course, so our 20 week course is ideal if you’d like to cover everything on our three month syllabus and have plenty of time to put it into practice.
You will also be able to cover some of the more advanced subjects that are taught on our one & two year programs. You can join in with design discussions, start to consider design practices and study past and present designers. Whether you want to set up on your own, are looking for a change in career through employment, or just enjoying a hobby, this could be just the course to fulfill your needs. Visiting lecturers attend the studio with discussions on a variety of subjects this is combined with field trips to other workshops and exhibitions.
Hand tool selection – New, old, tuning and sharpening. Use of hand tools and accurate measuring
Glues – Different types, strength comparison, and correct uses.
Abrasives – Different types and correct uses
Machinery – Maintenance, identification, and applications
Health & safety
Hand power tools – Routers, router tables, biscuit jointers, domino jointers, sander, drills
Joints – Cutting, assembly, identification, construction
Jigs and small batch runs
Drawing – Sketching, working drawings, rods, CAD
Ordering timber – Costing and estimating waste
Timber study – Movement, moisture content, drying, defects, and conversion
External timber yard visit
Veneering – Selection, storage, preparation, hand pressing, vacuum bag
Laminating – Cutting, thicknessing, invisible glue lines
Curves – Steam bending theory, coopering, laminating
Finishing – Types, applications, polishing oils, bleach, colouring
These topics may be studied in addition to core topics, subject to availability and schedules
Steam bending – practical
20 week course cost: £10,000
Remaining balance due on first day of course
A budget for tools should be allowed, we can advise on what is needed
A budget should also be allowed for materials for your own projects. Materials are provided for small samples and test pieces
Our student intakes are in January, May, and September. Occasionally we can accept students outside of these dates, please email us to enquire about this
Teaching is 9am until 4.30pm
Some out-of-hours and weekend practice time may be available, subject to terms and conditions