Furniture Design & Making 1
Learn an amazing craft and explore your creativity through the skills and techniques of fine furniture making. Workshop based learning develops competence with hand tools, power tools and woodworking machinery. Life drawing, technical graphics and computer aided design classes support the design process.
The course teaches a range of woodworking methods, starting with traditional joinery and progressing to high tech production in our well- equipped workshops and studios.
Experience and learn this fascinating discipline while designing and making your own furniture pieces.
QQI Level 5
Furniture Design and Making
This is a one year course but students on successful completion of year one may progress to Furniture Design & Making 2.
Leaving Certificate 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 Making
This subject equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to working independently and under supervision in a furniture workshop, to effectively utilise a range of workshop resources and to safely produce items of furniture.
- Design Skills
This subject introduces the design process and teaches students how to generate creative responses to design briefs.
The subject covers the drawing process and techniques to communicate, interpret and describe solutions to problems, in a variety of ways. It is intended to compliment the design skills module.
- Computer Aided Draughting
This subject covers computer technology as a design tool, a presentation media and a means of producing working drawings. 2D AutoCAD is the main focus.
- Safety & Health at Work
This subject promotes and maintains safety and health in a work environment, with particular reference to furniture workshop and wood finishing activities.
- Work Experience
This subject allows the learner to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction. Learners may nominate placements at furniture, cabinetmaking, finishing, upholstery or other related specialisms.
This subject teaches the learner to communicate verbally and nonverbally, using traditional and modern media.
Career opportunities exist as furniture makers in furniture workshops, or as self-employed makers after a suitable period of professional experience. Skills learned on the course are also relevant to sign writers, draughtspersons, wood turners and others.
390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- CSN: Furniture Design & Making 2
- CIT: BSc Craft Technology (Wood) (CR077)
- 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.
Students will attend field trips to cover tree identification and forestry management.
A number of visiting lecturers, makers and designers deliver lectures on particular topics. Students undertake work experience as an essential part of the course.
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.