Start dates: January, May, September
The one year course is aimed at those who are looking for a big change in their life. Do you wonder if you have the creativity and the ambition to run your own business? We’ll be with you every step of the way! Don’t worry if you have no experience as this is the case with most of our students, and we can help you explore your creativity and learn key skills from our award winning tutors.
This one year course covers all of the basics you’ll need to know, listed in the syllabus below, and there are plenty of other topic options available, depending on what interests you most. Design appreciation and history will be looked at and assignments are given out which enable you to join in with our design discussions, start to consider design practices, and study existing designers. If you are less interested in the design side then our one year making only course may be better suited to you. We also take trips to exhibitions and have guest lecturers to teach additional topics.
Three or four projects are usually completed in the year and will be designed by you with guidance from your tutors. our photographer will produce your portfolio which you can use to promote your business or gain employment. All of our students also leave with a graded diploma, which can also help you to gain employment. If your dream is to start your own furniture making business once you finish your course with is, we can also cover subjects on business management, including accountancy, legislation, and marketing.
Our year course lasts a full 50 weeks, with 2 weeks off in December, so you can get as much practical experience as possible during your time here.
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, introduction to CAD
Ordering timber – Costing and estimating waste
Timber study – Movement, moisture content, drying, defects, and conversion
External timber yard visit
Veneering – Selection, storage, preparation, vacuum bag
Laminating – Cutting, thicknessing, invisible glue lines
Curves – Steam bending (subject to availability), laminating
Finishing – Types, applications, polishing oils, bleach, colouring
These topics may be studied in addition to core topics, subject to availability and schedules
Design principals & appreciation
CAD, CNC machines
3D printing and 3D scanning
Setting up a workshop – machinery, legislation, dust extraction
Meeting clients and communication
Exhibiting your work – retail, galleries, internet, your own exhibition
Introduction to websites – SEO, marketing, PR
Printed stationery – branding, designing, brochures, business cards, letterheads, drawings, photography
50 week course cost: £17,000
Please contact us for details on the instalments for the remainder of the cost
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