What are the entry requirements?
If you are from an EU country, you will be able to take any of our courses without getting a VISA. Non-EU international students will need to have a VISA to stay in this country. Unfortunately, we are not a registered school so we cannot support an application for a student visa. However, if you are from America, Australia, or New Zealand, and some other countries, you should be eligible for a 6 month visitor’s visa. Have a look at the UK Gov website so see if you’re eligible for one of these.
You’ll also need a good level of English. We don’t require you to have an English language qualification, but the course is taught entirely in English so we expect students to have good English abilities.
Which course should you take?
Because of the limitations of the visa, international students are not usually able to join our one year course. However, we still want to provide international students with the same knowledge and skills as taught on this course, so we run a 20 week course. This 20 week course covers all of the same core topics as the 50 week course, and leaves a short amount of time to complete a small project. This means that students will finish the course with all the knowledge and skills they need to start making their own furniture, and the experience of making in a busy workshop alongside other designers and makers.
There are plenty of places to stay in the surrounding areas, including bed & breakfasts for shorter courses and homes you can rent while you stay here for long courses. We can advise you on the local area if you’d like help deciding whether to stay in the nearby city, Brighton, or whether to stay closer by in a quieter area. We can recommend an estate agent to get in contact with to arrange your accommodation.
We regularly run a one week introduction to furniture making course, and this can be a great way to experience the studio, the staff, and the area to see if you’d like to study here on a longer course. The course is full time Monday to Friday and students will work on making a tray – you can find more in depth information on the course here. This can also be a great opportunity to speak to staff about the longer course and ask any questions you may have. If, after the week course, you decide to book a longer course, we’ll refund the fee for the long course against the cost of the week course – so if you go on to book a long course, the week course will have essentially been free!