ucol furniture design school

a tradition of fine design

Do you seek the creative freedom to design and make beautiful bespoke furniture?
Our programme is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to do just that.

What will I learn?
Our diploma programme teaches you the synergistic process of design and fabrication - how to take solid timber furniture concepts and craft them into reality. As the name suggests, you'll be equipped to become a designer-maker in any number of specialist design and furniture-based fields.

Unique to the Southern Hemisphere, our two-year diploma offers students practical, hands-on experience with talented lecturers who are themselves qualified furniture makers. With practical craftmanship making up 80% of the course, you'll enjoy a collaborative learning environment with your tutors and peers, in some of the finest modern workshop facilities around.

Not only that, to ensure your design craft becomes a viable career, you'll undertake business studies (computing, communications, and marketing), equipping you with the skills to run your own business or contribute in a wider sense to an existing one.

The opportunity to prepare for and participate in public exhibitions and showcases is also a celebrated aspect of the course.

Who will I be studying with?
In any year, our intimate class groups (typically 14-18 students) comprise a diverse range of students - anyone from established artists looking to hone skills in another medium, to hobby woodworkers looking to gain design skills.

No particular pre-entry qualifications are needed, just a creative spark, a passion for design and a love of creating beautiful objects.

What qualifications will I obtain?
After two years of successful study with us, you'll graduate with a UCOL Diploma in Furniture Design and Making (Level 5).

If you successfully complete your Year One papers, but struggle to complete the full programme of study, we offer an option whereby you can apply for a Certificate in Furniture Design and Making (Level 3).

What kind of career can I look forward to?
As a graduate of the UCOL Diploma in Furniture Design and Making, your career opportunities will be in great shape!

Our graduates can be found in design studios, galleries and workshops around the world, employing their designer-maker skills in any number of creative fields:

  • custom furniture design
  • artisan furniture production
  • furniture manufacturing
  • antique furniture restoring
  • furniture retailing
  • design drafting
  • pattern making
  • stage-set design
  • marine cabinet making
  • museum workshop craft
  • exhibition
  • and retail furniture fabrication
In other words, doors will be opened for you in almost any environment where design flair and fabrication skills are valued.