ucol furniture design school

programme outline

Programme Structure
The Diploma in Furniture Design and Making (Level 5) is a two-year, 240-credit programme of study delivered at UCOL’s Palmerston North campus.

 Paper Title Unit Standards
 Entry Information  Level

 Practicum or
Work Experience

 YEAR ONE          
1:  Furniture Practice 1


 3  90  Nil
2:  Design Drawing 1  N/A  Nil  2  20  Nil

3:  Communications & Basic Business Skills.

 N/A  Nil  4  10  Nil
4:  Furniture Practice 2
 N/A  By successful completion
of year 1, or equivalent
 5  85  64
5:  Design Drawing 2
 N/A  By successful completion
of year 1, or equivalent
 4  21  Nil
6: Introduction to Marketing for Small Business.
 N/A  By successful completion
of year 1, or equivalent
 5  7  Nil
7:  Introduction to Small Business Management.
 N/A  By successful completion of year 1, or equivalent 5
 7  Nil
 Totals for Programme
       240  64


There are no pre-requisites or compulsory papers required for entry into the programme.  However, you will be asked to provide evidence by the end of the first semester of the programme, that you hold a current Short Course Certificate in First Aid, Level 3 (unit standards 6401and 6402 or their equivalent).

Although all papers must be passed for the Diploma to be awarded, if you do not complete all the credits necessary for the Diploma but successfully complete all Year One papers, you can apply for the Certificate in Furniture Design and Making (Level 3).


Year 1
In your first year of study we cover the foundation design, furniture and business communication skills that your second (and final) year of study will be built upon.


Year 2
In your second year, we’ll assist you to find a work experience placement with a furniture business, or with a self‐employed furniture maker. You’ll spend a day a week for eight weeks on placement (64 hours in total) gaining vital experience in a business environment.

Valuable experience for your future career, its timing within your course of study is crucial - for it needs to take place before your major project is due in the final semester, but after you have gained sufficient skills to be able to put these into good practice.