FOUNDATION DEGREE FURNITURE: DESIGN AND MAKE
The programme balances design, craft and theory to nurture furniture designers and makers of excellent ability who can progress to employment or further study with a broad understanding of the processes involved in the design and craft of furniture.
Technical and Visual Communication one part of this module is students will create a sketch book focusing on their drawing ability. The second part of this module is creating a portfolio of CAD drawings (using software like; AutoCAD and Fusion 360).
Furniture Craft This module focuses on making skills. Students are taught hand skills and machine skills alike. Two projects normally produced are a veneered octagonal table and a dovetailed jewellery box.
Design and Make There are two projects for this module. The first is a scaled model (some years this has been a bench for a public space). The second project is a table design and make (students have made console tables, bedside tables, side tables, etc).
Manufacturing and Material Culture Two short essays are written for this module.
Advanced Technical and Visual Communication This module is split in two. The first project you will do has previously been a 'Pitt Rivers Museum' brief, where students were encouraged to explore their creative sides. The second project the students are tasked with creating presentational drawings using software like; AutoCAD, photoshop, Fashion 360 etc.
Furniture Production In this module students will make three different set items all using the Spindle Moulder. Students will also need to write a short Production Report on one of their own designs being made for batch production.
Advanced Design and Make The first design and make projects is a dining room chair. Often this project is supported with furniture company Ercol, who support the students in the design stage of this project. The second design and make module has recently been sponsored by AHEC who provide American timber for the project. This is a very exciting project as usually there will be a designer maker who comes throughout the project to give advice to the students.
Advanced Manufacturing and Culture A research project into Gordon Russell, resulting in a scaled model inspired by his work is the first project of this module. The second half students write an essay on a subject matter of their choice about furniture history.
Please note these modules are regularly reviewed so may slightly differ from description above.
Second Year Bathroom Cabinet Project
Second Year Side Table Project
Second Year Box Project
Dining room Chair project (Tom Acland)
Pitt River's Project (Sophie Foster)
Fusion 360 Rendered Image (Tom Acland)