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Foundation Degree (FdA) Furniture: Design and Make

Activate Learning
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3 years
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Full time
Open / Scheduled
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

Foundation Degree (FdA) Furniture: Design and Make

The Foundation Degree (FdA) Furniture: Design and Make, awarded by Oxford Brookes University, is linked closely with the furniture industry and aims to inspire creativity in design and excellence in craftsmanship through work related study.

Learning in the Rycotewood Furniture Centre, our students develop skills as creative thinkers and makers, who innovate furniture craft through the exploration of materials and skills.

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.

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Foundation Degree (FdA) 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?

Each application will be considered on an individual basis following the university principle of widening access to those who might not have the traditional academic entry criteria to degree level awards. It is anticipated that applicants will be drawn from a variety of backgrounds. Some practical experience of cabinet making is preferred. We also welcome applications from mature students with design or woodworking experience who may not have formal qualifications.

Normally the requirement would be:
Either:

  • a minimum of the equivalent of two years’ full-time relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting
  • evidence of ability to study at academic Level 4
  • evidence of support from their employer and recommendation;

Or:

  • a minimum of one A-level at grade C plus the equivalent of 5 GCSE passes at C grade or above normally including Mathematics and English Language - or a recognised equivalent vocationally related qualification, or;
  • A National Diploma in General Art and Design or;
  • An Art Foundation course, or;
  • Level 3 City and Guilds Diploma in Furniture, or;
  • Access to Art and Design,


In addition:

  • 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.

All applicants to the course will be interviewed and their portfolios reviewed. This will enable the course team to assess the candidate's suitability and compatibility to the course in a comprehensive way. It also allows flexibility in pre-requisite qualification requirements given the variety of entry points to the course. As a minimum, the portfolio interview should be able to demonstrate that the applicant can do the following:

  • Show that they have an understanding of the course
  • Demonstrate that they have the necessary (or required) academic, artistic and practical skills, to enable them to embark upon their chosen course of study.

Activate Learning welcomes applications from mature students without formal qualifications, who now want to take the opportunity for some practical skills development. It also welcomes those who wish to place their experience and knowledge within a formal educational framework. We are happy to support them through the application process. We see our interview process as an opportunity to get to know students and we will give an applicant a course presentation, tour of facilities and an opportunity to meet staff and students as part of this process.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)

Students are normally expected to start at Level 4, but can be admitted to any level of the course which is considered suitable, after portfolio review and interview using the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). Under this arrangement, a student may apply to have previous academic credits or other learning (APL) or experience (APEL) taken into consideration.

Such applications are considered by the Faculty CATS committee and must be supported by the Programme Coordinator.

Training Course Content

The programme is delivered in the Rycotewood Furniture Centre of Excellence. You will be taught by highly professional furniture designer /makers who have been in industry and are kept up-to-date with current practices.

Work related experiences are fully integrated into the programme and include regular guest speakers, live project briefs, competitions and visits. The programme will culminate in a professional public exhibition for the industry and networking opportunities. You will be encouraged to engage in live projects and national competitions. Current examples are New Forest Trust Fine Furniture Competition, Alan Peters Award and Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Young Furniture Maker Awards.

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

Level 4:

  • Technical and Visual Communication
  • Furniture Craft
  • Design and Make
  • Manufacturing and Material Culture

Level 5:

  • Advanced Technical and Visual Communication
  • Furniture Production
  • Advanced Design and Make
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Culture

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Activate Learning

Activate Learning

Activate Learning is a forward-thinking education group that aims for far-reaching, progressive change and impact through learning. We work with learners as individuals, helping them make the choice of course and career pathway that’s right for them. Our mission is to provide work-ready talent for business, and...


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Oxford City Centre Campus
Oxpens Road
OX1 1SA Oxford Oxfordshire

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