Advanced Certificate in Furniture Design and Making

Level 6 QQI Award.

Duration

This is a Full time one year course, which runs from September to May, 5 days a week.

Overview

DFEi has a long history of providing further education and training courses aimed at students who want to work in the furniture industry. Students develop essential craftsman’s skills to assist them in gaining employment in this industry. Within this year students further develop their skills to create more complex designs. They achieve a higher level of hand skills and wood machining competencies using modern technologies including CNC.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Level 5 QQI Award Furniture Design and Making (5M2012) or equivalent
  • Applications are welcome from students with relevant experience in this area
  • For mature applicants (aged 21 or over) - appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Course Modules

  • Furniture Making with Machinery
  • Furniture Design
  • Drawing
  • Computer Aided Design (3D)
  • Wood Finishing
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
Module Information

Module Information

Advanced Certificate in Furniture Design and Making

Level 6 QQI Award: Furniture Design and making (6M2230)

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)

 

Furniture Making with Machinery 6N0607

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to utilise a range of machinery to safely produce both industrial and domestic furniture.

Assessment: Project (50%), Portfolio / Collection of Work (30%), Skills Demonstration (20%).

 

Furniture Design 6N5449

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to create innovative designs and design strategies for use in both commercial and domestic environments.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (40%), Project (40%), Examination - Theory (20%).

 

Drawing 6N3569

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to use drawing as a disciplined personal visual language to communicate expressively and to solve visual or design problems using a comprehensive range of media, with due regard for relevant theories, properties of media and health and safety requirements.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (100%).

 

Computer Aided Design (3D) 6N5965

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to employ computer aided design (CAD) software to create three dimensional (3D) design and or architectural representations.

Assessment: Project (50%), Assignment (50%).

 

Wood Finishing 6N0724

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to supervise and organise the safe preparation of surfaces, selection of materials and appropriate application of finishes to a range of materials utilised in the wood trade industry.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (60%), Examination - Theory (40%).

 

Furniture Restoration 6N0725

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to evaluate furniture, create restoration schedules and safely apply appropriate materials in the context of furniture restoration.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (60%), Examination - Theory (40%).

 

Communications 6N1950

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and non-verbally in a comprehensive range of everyday tasks and  work-related tasks independently and/or in a supervisory capacity.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (50%), Skills Demonstration (50%).

 

Work Experience 6N1946

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks autonomously and/or in a supervisory capacity.

Assessment: Portfolio / Collection of Work (60%), Skills Demonstration (40%).

Certification

  • Level 6 Award Furniture Design and Making (6M2230)

Special Features

Free Autodesk Software Subscription for all students on this course to facilitate assessment work.

Work Experience

Students will be required to undertake a period work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year.  Work Experience is mandatory for all our full-time Level 6 courses. Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher.  The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours.  Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information

Visual Design Exhibition

A Visual Design Exhibition of students' work from this course is held annually in DFEi, in May, providing an opportunity for students to showcase the skills and knowledge they have acquired.

Assessment

Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examination (Written)
  • Project
  • Skills Demonstration

A full major award is granted on passing the relevant eight components.  On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a pass, a merit or a distinction grade. See www.qqi.ie for more details

Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities using their full QQI Level 5/6 major award. Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria.  It is the students' responsibility to consult with the relevant HEI for information on the admissions process and any specific entry requirements. Students may also refer to the individual HEI prospectus or may also refer to the QQI FET section of the CAO website. www.cao.ie

Examples of CAO progression opportunities are listed below.

Progression Examples

BSc Sustainable Timber Technology (TU838) - Advanced entry into 2nd Year

Technological University Dublin - www.tud.ie

BSc Furniture Design and Manufacture (GA981) - Advanced entry into 2nd Year

BSc Furniture Making and Architectural Woodworking (GA982) - Advanced entry into 2nd Year

BSc Furniture and Digital Manufacturing (GA983)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology - www.gmit.ie

Career Paths

Graduate opportunities may include the following: furniture designer or maker, apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, interior design, product design, construction industry, management/sales within the furniture industry or self-employment.

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Adam McFadden

2017 graduate. Now doing a degree in Timber and Product Technology in DIT.
"I came into this course not knowing anything about furniture making. For the practical assignments we worked with a theme. We started with sketching then worked…

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Adam McFadden

2017 graduate. Now doing a degree in Timber and Product Technology in DIT.
"I came into this course not knowing anything about furniture making. For the practical assignments we worked with a theme. We started with sketching then worked through the drawings and ended up with technical drawing for our furniture pieces. The course was very creative and got you to think of your own style of furniture. We all ended up making very unique pieces. I’m now in DIT doing a degree in Timber and Product Technology. I would recommend DFEi . It is a very good stepping stone to higher education. The teachers and the staff are fantastic and I also made some good friends that I still keep in touch with."

Department Head

Dave Nicholson

Dave Nicholson

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