Wolverhampton School of Art

Furniture Design

BDes (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

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 W260
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BDes (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

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.

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 is 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 

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.

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.

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.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2019

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 David Henley.

Student Success!

Students secure prize in national design competition

Six students studying for Interior, Product and Furniture Design degrees at the Wolverhampton School of Art, travelled to London to compete against seven other universities in a one day design project run by the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) – the professional organisation for interior designers in the UK. More details here >>

Student bags award in national furniture design competition.  Megan Broome came second in the national Furniture Makers’ Company’s ‘Axminster Design and Make Competition’ in 2018 scooping £500 prize money! The competition called for students to create a piece of innovative wooden furniture. Students from 20 Universities submitted designs and the long-listed final ten created their concept, with the materials being paid for by Axminster.  Read full story >> 

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 Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

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

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • 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. 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.

 

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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