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Certificate in Furniture Design

Mode of study: Part time

Mode of delivery: 20hrs per week with additional 4 hours independent study.

Course Overview:

This is a 4 week design course based at the prestigious Rycotewood Furniture Centre. The course explores the teaching of British design principles which will develop technical, academic, personal style, problem solving processes with design attributes.
The teachers involved in the delivery of this course all have extensive experience in the design industry in a range of British companies.
Gaining competence in the technical language and thinking of the design cycle will enable students to progress to through a project activity that will strengthen a design portfolio.
This could be used for progressing to higher levels of education or employment. Preparing students for working in a design sector where research and development skills are crucial for their future progression and economic success.
The aim of this course is to equip students with effective and impactful knowledge and skills for designing in the specialist field of Furniture and interior design.
It will also specifically raise awareness and equip teachers with a sense of intercultural communication issues so that they can start to prepare their learners for the cultural challenges of work in the global market.

Course Outline: Certificate in Furniture Design

Week 1• Course introduction
• Induction activity – design cycle
• Summary of Furniture design and making an Interior design and product design in Britain

• The Brief - identify needs
• Analysis – brainstorm, mind map, planning, key technical words
• Team building
• How to think and make ideas
• Sketchbooks
• Visit to London and Oxford
Week 2Project
• Research - imagery, designer, existing products, primary sketches / photos audience
• Design development – refine ideas, further development, marquettes, sampling materials, experimentation
• Critique 1
• Sketchbooks
• Visit to London and Oxford
Week 3Project
• Design development and select final designs.
• Make final prototype
• Project Brief
• Critique 2
• Sketchbooks
• Models
• Visit to London and Oxford
Week 4Project
• Evaluate – critique, suitability, further development
• Final presentations
• Final critique
• Sketchbooks
• Industry specialist
• Visit to London and Oxford


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Timetable for Summer School 2019-20