Furniture Design & Making 2
Take your woodworking and furniture making skills to the next level with the Furniture Design and Making Year 2 course. Advanced woodworking, computer aided manufacture and finishing techniques are taught in parallel with analysis, critical thinking and problem solving skills to enable you to create thoughtful, functional and beautiful furniture. To maximize your learning potential on this course, a competency with woodworking tools and machinery is required.
The course is supported by an excellently equipped workshop and IT resources. These include all of the expected woodworking equipment, a new industrial grade panel saw, heated spray booth, CNC router and our new laser cutting equipment.
QQI Level 6
Furniture Design and Making
This is a one year course.
Leaving Certificate, QQI Level 5 in a related area, or equivalent. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability. Mature students without formal qualifications are most welcome to apply.
The following subjects may be offered:
- Furniture Design
This subject will provide an understanding of the strategies used in furniture design. It addresses the function, appearance, construction and sustainability of furniture designs.
- Furniture Making with Machinery
The subject is designed to introduce the learner to practical skills of Furniture Making through the safe use of portable power tools and woodworking machinery.
- History of Furniture
This subject provides a historical background of furniture from ancient Greece to the present day with particular emphasis on construction and styles and their evolution.
- 3D Design Materials
This module focuses on 3D materials, their use in design and the processes used to work them. There is a particular emphasis on CNC routing, laser cutting and 3D printing, and on the drawing and design software that supports these tools.
- Computer Aided Draughting
This subject has been designed to expand on the Level 5 module to provide a deeper understanding of draughting particularly for furniture working drawings.
- Wood Finishing
Develops the practical skills of spraying and hand finishing as required in the furniture making industry as well as for furniture restoration.
- Work Experience
This module helps students to place themselves in a professional work environment. This gives them real hands on experience in their chosen field.
This module helps the student to develop the necessary skills to represent themselves professionally in their practise. This is done through investigating and responding to the specific needs of the industry.
Career opportunities exist as furniture makers in furniture workshops, or as self-employed makers after a suitable period of professional experience.
- CIT: BSc Craft Technology (Wood) (CR077)
- CIT: BSc Interior Architecture (CR053)
- UCC: BSc Architecture (CK606)
- GMIT Letterfrack: BSc Furniture and Wood Technology (GA971)
- GMIT Letterfrack: BSc Furniture Design and Manufacture (GA970)
Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.
Meet our future craft designers of Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa in Cork
We were delighted to be featured in the Irish Examiner by Carol O'Callaghan.
You can read the full article here.
Don Joyce, Ray Dennehy, Emer Hurley, Adrian Kelly, Conor Cusack, Ray Bluett, Fergus Somers, Fergus O'Callaghan, Liam Murray, and Sarah Joyce.