ucol furniture design school

paper descriptions

During your two-year course of study, you'll complete the following seven papers:

Year 1:
Design Drawing 1
Furniture Practice 1
Communications & Basic Business Skills

Year 2:
Design Drawing 2
Furniture Practice 2
Introduction To Marketing For Small Business
Introduction To Small Business Management


Design Drawing 1  20 Credits

This valuable foundation paper teaches you the nuts and bolts of drawing, technical drawing, sketching, and colouring techniques, all crucial skills for the furniture design process. You'll also learn how to make scale mannequins to assist in idea development and increase your knowledge of human proportions - elementary skills in functional furniture design!

Paper Level: 2
Co‐requisite: Furniture Practice 1 & Communication and Basic Business Skills


Furniture Practice 1  90 Credits

A hands-on foundation paper, where we support you to develop your safety awareness, first aid skills and professional practice in the workshop; and allow you to gain a range of skills in timbercraft and the use of hand tools, portable tools and fixed machinery. You'll become familiar with timber types and products and their application in furniture design and learn about joints and components in furniture construction and their usual applications. By the end of the paper, you'll be developing and implementing your new-found skills in the planning and construction of actual furniture pieces.

Paper Level: 3
Incorporates NZQA Unit Standards:
• 6400 L3 (2 Credits): Manage first aid in emergency situations
• 6401 L2 (1Credit): Provide first aid
• 6402 L1, (1 Credit): Provide resuscitation level 2
Co‐requisite: Design Drawing 1 & Communication and Computer Skills


Communications & Basic Business Skills  10 Credits

A foundation paper that sets you up with the all-important communication skills you'll need to apply for jobs and run a small business. Learn time management, business document preparation, bookkeeping basics, client management and business communication skills, along with an introduction to computer system basics.

Your tutors will help you apply communication theory and practice in various professional settings, developing your basic research skills and information presentation techniques.

Paper Level: 3
Co‐requisites: Furniture Practice 1 & Design Drawing 1


Design Drawing 2  21 Credits

In your second year, this paper focuses on expanding your base technical drawing skills, sketching skills and knowledge of colouring techniques to enhance your ability to use drawing in the design process. We introduce you to Computer Aided Design (CAD) for 2 and 3 dimensional modelling of your design ideas, and give you the opportunity to apply the design process and principles to various 2 and 3 dimensional projects.

Paper Level: 4
Pre‐requisites: Communication & Computer Skills, Design Drawing 1, Furniture Practice 1
Co‐requisite: Furniture Practice 2, Communication and Computer Skills


Furniture Practice 2  85 Credits

The ultimate paper for those who like ‘making stuff', here you'll apply and expand on the knowledge, craftmanship skills and techniques learnt in Furniture Practice 1 to prototype and create your own works. The paper's emphasis is on design practice and the application of the design process, and so we put you to the test in a project where you actually work with a client to create a piece of furniture on commission.

Paper Level: 5
Pre-requisite: Furniture Practice 1, Design Drawing 1, Communication and Computer Skills
Co-requisite: Design Drawing 2, Business and Computing Skills


Introduction to Marketing for Small Business  7 Credits

This second year paper will give you a broad introduction to the principles and techniques of marketing that you'll need when running a small
business. You'll learn how to analyse and confirm potential markets for product/services and determine an effective business marketing strategy.

Paper Level: 5


Introduction to Small Business Management  7 Credits

It's not only marketing skills, but money management skills that you'll need when running a successful small business (or being self-employed). In this paper you'll gain an understanding of what's needed to gather and analyse financial information, and assess business opportunities and financing options. It will also introduce you to the basics of intellectual property rights and ethics in business relationships.

Paper Level: 5