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London Metropolitan University

Furniture

UCAS Code: WJ2M

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Typical offer CCC (96 UCAS points from two or more A levels) including a grade C in art and design, art history or design and technology subjects.

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant design subject is acceptable for entry. QAA accredited course required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Scottish Higher

C,C,C,D

A minimum of 78 UCAS points to include a minimum of 3 passes at Higher level.

UCAS Tariff

96

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Perform an audition

Present a portfolio

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Furniture design and making

**Why study this course?**

The Furniture foundation degree explores the methods of designing and crafting furniture using traditional methods as well as investigating how cutting edge digital technologies can be used as a tool to support the practice.

You'll study at internationally renowned, our School or Art, Architecture and Design. Furniture has long been designed and made at London Met, launching many internationally renowned practitioners. We offer the only hands-on higher education courses in furniture in Greater London and our location means we have future clients, employers and commissioning agencies on your doorstep.

This course is part a suite of the University's London-based furniture courses. We also offer a Furniture and Product Design BA, which FdA students can progress directly into the third year of after successfully completing their course.

**More about this course**

If you want a satisfying and stimulating career as a furniture designer or maker, this is the course for you. Our experience in the sector and our industry contacts are a result of 150 years of teaching high quality furniture courses and preparing graduates for employment.

There's a strong emphasis on traditional and contemporary making skills across a range of techniques and materials, supported by drawing, technology, ethics and design learning. The teaching team includes international furniture and product designers, professional cabinet makers, computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacture (CAM) specialists, materials scientists, and upholstery and textiles experts.

During the course, you'll have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding whilst working on real-world creative briefs set by professional design bodies and there will be considerable emphasis on the professional presentation of project ideas. Recent live projects have included work with Heal's, SCP, Emir and Hitch Mylius.

A range of year-long thematic studio options are available for Year 2 students. Studios contain design and realisation modules, and are an opportunity for you to work with staff and explore new ideas and stretch your imagination with experiment and discovery at the heart.

You'll use state-of-the-art digital facilities and professionally equipped traditional workshops in which you can develop your practice. Life-long learning and professional development are encouraged with opportunities to join professional and trade associations. You'll be considered for recognised industry prizes and awards each year with opportunities to enter designated professional competitions.

We have long established professional connections to trade bodies such as the Worshipful Companies of Furniture Makers and Upholders with their vast network of furniture industry connections, as well as our digital manufacturing centre.

**What our students say**

"I decided to return to higher education after running my decorating business for six years. I was looking to further develop my carpentry and design skills… there is a real emphasis on training in the workshops with both machines and hand tools. I believe a sound knowledge and understanding of how things can be manufactured is essential to good design.

"The workshops at London Met are amazing and it’s great to have access to the facilities and expertise in other subject areas. The work I produced on the course attracted a lot of attention from manufacturers and the press. Furthermore, the close proximity of Metropolitan Works and the opportunities it offers, including contact with practising designers and manufacturers, is an invaluable asset."
Tom Price

Modules

Year 1 modules include:

3D Design Principles (core, 30 credits)
3D Visual Research and Communication (core, 30 credits)
Critical & Contextual Studies 1 (3D) (core, 30 credits)
Workshop Practice (core, 30 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

3D Design (core, 30 credits)
Critical & Contextual Studies 2 (3D) (core, 30 credits)
Making Matters (core, 30 credits)
Project Realisation: Furniture (core, 30 credits)

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed via project work, essays, individual and group design practice, and a major final project and dissertation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aldgate

Department:

Design

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
high
Furniture design and making

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Furniture design and making

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

72%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
50%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
E

After graduation


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Furniture design and making

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
55%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Furniture design and making

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

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