Wolverhampton School of Art

Furniture Design with Sandwich Placement

BDes (Hons) Furniture Design excels in encouraging you to develop your own ideas and innovative concepts for furniture through our professionally-focussed design course.

BDes (Hons) Furniture Design excels in encouraging you to develop your own ideas and innovative concepts for furniture through our professionally-focussed design course.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W263
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021
  • Award BDes (Hons)
  • Study Mode Sandwich
  • Course Length Sandwich (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art
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Why choose this course?

 

BDes (Hons) Furniture Design excels in encouraging you to develop your own ideas and innovative concepts for furniture through our professionally-focussed design course. The course delivers a commercial understanding and awareness of current furniture design practice in aesthetics, design innovation, leading edge technologies, industrial practice, human factors and sustainability. Manufacturing and craft remains central to our design process and our team of enthusiastic, highly experienced staff are active in commercial design industry. This course offers you a highly creative environment in which to develop your ideas. It provides you with opportunities for future careers in the creative industries across national and international markets.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement option (Sandwich Year).  A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies. The school assists students in securing work placements, undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills.  The School is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post-graduation.

What happens on the course?

This course is assessed on 100% coursework.

The curriculum is delivered through a series of projects which will give you the opportunity to develop making and designing skills, conceptual ideas, contextual knowledge and understanding and experience of live industry briefs/ external projects in the public domain.  Studio and workshop culture are core to our courses and you will be encouraged to become part of the art and design community through time spent working in the studios, workshops and labs available to students across the week.

 

Each level of the course has been planned to ensure progressive learning

 

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Entry to level 4 studies provides an orientation and development of the skills, concepts and creative thinking needed for a furniture designer. It is also designed to develop the fundamental principles of good design including drawing techniques, practical workshop skills, prototyping, research skills, Computer Aided Design and Visualisation skills using the latest industry standard design tools. You will study design theory and identify the important role of the furniture designer in a contemporary global society.

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Level 5 is designed to further develop your understanding of your discipline with practical opportunities to apply the principles learned in your Level 4. You will be involved in a variety of tutor led and live design projects that you may choose to develop through design, manufacturing, hand crafts, traditional furniture making skills or advanced CAD modelling applications. The contextual aspects of design applied to society, technology, ecology and economics will underpin the development of design journey.  It also consolidates the learning process developing the translation from design theory into a creative professional context.

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The final year level 6 provides professional preparation – defining and refining individual creativity and also offers the opportunity to engage with industry clients. Lectures and seminars with professional designers allow you to explore your entrepreneurial aspirations. You will be encouraged to develop transferable skills that will equip you to be flexible and adaptable and to develop your career in a changing global economy. Self-directed projects will allow you to explore the design / making process in depth.  You will also be able to create your own professional digital portfolio of your work enabling you to fulfil your potential and enter the workplace as a furniture designer.

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Additional Information

BDes (Hons) Furniture Design 

Wolverhampton School of Art

  • For more information about the Wolverhampton School of Art: visit our home page.
  • Discover more about our outstanding facilities – visit our facilities pages.
  • Check out the work of our 2020 graduating students on our Degree Show page.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Preparing our students for work and employability is one of the main aims of the course. This is reflected in the practical nature of the course as a whole with learning activities that are designed to ensure that our students are well prepared by the time they graduate. The opportunities that exist for graduates studying Furniture Design are varied and extensive. This course prepares students for employment working with national and international companies. You will have the opportunity to become a furniture designer or freelance designer either working within a company or a design consultancy. You may become an freelance designer-maker, model-maker, staff designer, exhibition designer or work in the design marketing and business industry. You will also be equipped for further advanced study or teacher training in Design and Technology. You may continue your studies to postgraduate level on our MA programmes: All of our students have the opportunity to engage with an additional ‘Employability Award’ associated with their degree, and a high percentage of our students achieve the gold standard as a result of our employment-focused curriculum.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement option (Sandwich Year). A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies. The school assists students in securing work placements, undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills. The School is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post-graduation.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The Furniture Design course is particularly distinctive in its approach due to:

  • The opportunity to participate in prestigious national and international design competitions.
  • Excellent links with furniture industry and national craft organisations.
  • Opportunities for work placements, career development and engagement with the University’s Employability Award.
  • Well-equipped workshops supported by dedicated technicians
  • Extensive making facilities in wood, plastics, metalwork, textiles and glass for both large and small-scale work.
  • Traditional and extensive digital prototyping facilities.
  • National and international study visits
  • An optional placement year
  • Vibrant and lively creative studio environment
  • Excellent opportunities to work closely with our industry partners on real furniture design projects and commissions.
  • For more information about our facilities click here.
  • The member of academic staff who leads this course is Rhys Thomas.

The course delivers a commercial understanding and awareness of current furniture design practice in aesthetics, design innovation, leading edge technologies, industrial practice, human factors and sustainability. Manufacturing and craft remains central to our design process and our team of enthusiastic, highly experienced staff are active in commercial design industry. This course offers you a highly creative environment in which to develop your ideas. It provides you with opportunities for future careers in the creative industries across national and international markets.

Preparing our students for work and employability is one of the main aims of the course. This is reflected in the practical nature of the course as a whole with learning activities that are designed to ensure that our students are well prepared by the time they graduate. The opportunities that exist for graduates studying Furniture Design are varied and extensive. This course prepares students for employment working with national and international companies.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2020-21
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2021-22
International Sandwich £12250 per year 2020-21
International Sandwich £12950 per year 2021-22

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: £50 to £200 per semester - Prices vary according to your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to £400 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £300 - Degree Show/New Designers. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review. Further details can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

 

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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