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BA (Hons) Furniture: Design and Make (Top Up)

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2 years
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Next available date: 09/09/2020 - Oxford
Course Dates
Oxford
09/09/2020  
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23/09/2020  
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Course description

BA (Hons) Furniture: Design and Make (Top Up)

This degree is awarded by Oxford Brookes University. Develop a career in furniture design and make with this work-related Honours top-up progression route.

The programme is aimed at aspiring furniture designer-makers and provides a work-related Honours top-up progression route for holders of a Foundation Degree or HND in Furniture Design and Make.  

It consists of two key elements, focusing on independent and industry-linked projects. The independent projects are linked together to provide a holistic experience, first establishing a self-initiated brief through a significant written research project and directly linking this with a major design and make project.  

Building on the reputation of the Rycotewood Furniture Centre and its industry links a combination of live projects, study visits and guest speakers will support the development of design, craft, business and enterprise skills relevant to furniture designer makers.

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Furniture: Design and Make from Oxford Brookes University.

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Please note: tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the government.

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Suitability - Who should attend?

Students must have completed an appropriate programme to be eligible to apply for the final year entry to the BA (Hons) Furniture Design and Make. These include:

  • A Foundation Degree in Furniture Design and Make awarded by Oxford Brookes University, successfully gaining 240 credits and usually a 55% grade average
  • A Foundation degree in Furniture and related disciplines successfully gaining 240 credits and usually a 55% grade average, subject to individual assessment of credit by Oxford Brookes University.
  • A Higher National Diploma in Furniture and related disciplines, successfully gaining 240 credits with Merit Profile at level 5, QAA Benchmarks, subject to individual assessment of credit by Oxford Brookes University.

Applicants whose first language is not English, must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:

  • British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components and 5.5 for speaking and listening.

In exceptional circumstances, direct entry to the final year BA top up may be considered for applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements, but are able to demonstrate a significant amount of relevant experience in the industry. This would normally be evidenced in the form of a portfolio and a reflective statement.

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements would also be expected to demonstrate evidence of an ability to succeed on the programme with particular reference to their level of academic writing.

All claims for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will follow the university’s procedures and will be assessed against the intended learning outcomes of the programme or module against which the credit will be claimed. Credit for prior learning can only be awarded in respect of whole modules.

Training Course Content

The main aim of the programme is to develop graduates who are highly competent individuals, with proficient knowledge in the discipline and professional skills for a career in furniture designing and making.

The Rycotewood Furniture Centre at City of Oxford College has been actively engaged in the training and education of students entering the furniture industry for more than 70 years, with successful delivery of higher education for over twenty years. In this time, it has actively engaged with employers with respect to placement, bespoke training and in seeking external advice in the design of its programmes.

It has established a reputation beyond its local roots and enjoys a position of national pre-eminence in the field, located in Oxford and close to the UK’s traditional furniture-making industry of High Wycombe.

Please note that as programmes are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown here: 

  • Professional Design and Make – 30 Credits
  • Professional Development – 30 Credits
  • Personal Project (Written) – 30 Credits
  • Personal Project (Design and Make) – 30 Credits

Graduates have found employment in a variety of roles within the furniture industry. Typically they find employment as furniture makers, furniture designers/ CAD technicians, before moving into management positions and self-employment as designer-makers.

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