We welcome people from all over the world

Wilson Law, writing desk, 2021 Robinson House Studio


Wilson Law’s writing desk

Over the years, we have had people study with us from many parts of the World.

Robinson House Studio has an accredited course but is NOT yet an accredited college which poses issues for gaining student  visas.

We suggest you do your own research in to what fits  your situation. A good place to start is here:


If you have any questions, please do get in touch with us, we are happy to help.

You’ll 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 language understanding.

Which course should you take?

An Introduction to Handtools and Furniture Making


An Introduction to Handtools and Furniture Making – one week course refundable against longer courses

Because of visa limitations, not all international students are able to join our longer courses. However, we still want to provide international students with the same knowledge and skills as taught on the one year course, so we run a 24 week course. This 24 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. You can also speak to our admin team who have a list of local businesses and residents offering places to stay.

Introduction Week

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. 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.