furniture design/maker's diploma course one or two years

The one-year course is aimed at those who are looking for a big change in their life. Do you wonder if you have creativity, have the ambition to run your own business? We are with you every step of the way. Don't worry most of our students have no experience, check out what they have made and thought of our course at our student gallery page. If you choose to join us on a wonderful journey we can help you explore your creativity and learn key skills from our award winning tutors.
All the same elements of the 12 week course are covered and these can be read here. If you wish you can cover subjects including mixed media making, computer aided design, model making, metal working including casting theory/commissioning and welding. If this is not your thing have a look at our One Year Making Only Course.

Three or four projects are usually completed in the year, the projects will be designed by you with guidance from Marc. Our photographer will produce your portfolio, which you can use to promote your business or gain employment. Business management subjects can be covered if required, accountancy, book keeping, legislation and marketing will assist you when setting up your own business.
Design appreciation and history will be looked at and assignments are given out which will enable you to join in with our design discussions, start to consider design practices and study existing designers.

All students leave with a graded diploma details about this can be viewed here.

50 week course extras

The extra subjects below are options for the one-year course and students can choose areas that interest them or just stick with traditional woodworking skills.

  • Steam bending, coopering
  • Power carving
  • Material science
  • Carbon Fibre
  • Design history
  • Design principals & design appreciation
  • Metalworking - welding, brushing, cleaning, stainless, mild steel, powder coating, spraying, casting, lathe and milling
  • CAD one week, CNC machines
  • 3D printing and 3D scanning
  • Three projects per year
  • Outings to exhibitions
  • Setting up a workshop - machinery, legislation, dust extraction
  • Exhibiting your work - retail, galleries, internet, your own exhibition
  • Meeting clients and communication
  • Printed stationary - branding and image, designing, brochures, business cards, postcards, letterheads, drawings, photography
  • Introduction into web sites and SEO (rankings), marketing and PR


One-year course £17,000

Start dates January, May and September each year.

Booking deposit £3000, a payment of £3000 is due 30 days prior to start date. On first day of course £4000 is due and the remaining £7000 at week 25. Ring for details on help with funding.

A budget for tools should be allowed, also materials for your own projects. Materials are provided for small samples and test pieces.

View here to see Marc's suggested tool kit

Back to course overview or view 12 week course syllabus


The studio is open from 7.30 am and closes after 6pm. This gives students the potential of having 2500 hours of bench time. Maybe you would like to come in at the weekends? Well, we welcome that and this could increase your hours to over 3000 just by doing one extra day. This is the equivalent to two years expected of an employee.


See what previous students thought about this course and view what they made here.