With the focus on contemporary design for mass manufacture, you will design for a variety of markets seeking to innovate by experimenting with function, materials, manufacturing and aesthetics.
An award-winning course that produces furniture designers who shape the future of the design industry
Promotes creativity and innovation in developing technically and aesthetically sophisticated furniture
A challenging course which develops a broad range of skills within a vibrant design environment
Work within a professionally active department where staff are involved in commercial projects with companies such as Berghaus, BAA and Adidas
An optional year of professional experience
As well as taking live briefs from industry you can participate in international competitions where this course has had particular success; from the FIRA Award to the British Furniture Industry Awards. Through studying the course’s design, manufacturing and visual language modules you will gain a commercial awareness of the furniture industry, enabling you to respond to users’ needs within competitive retail environments.
UCAS course code: W261
Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time
Institution code: D26
A good portfolio and normally:
Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.
We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above
UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview (please see our Product and Furniture Design portfolio advice| for full details).
Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. For further details check our international students portfolio page|.
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.
Teaching includes modules in materials and manufacturing technology and graphic communication. Continuous assessment and feedback throughout design projects allows you to effectively develop your design and communication skills.
Students are taught by design academics and visiting design consultants with specialist knowledge and skills within either product or furniture design. The staff have all worked in industry and also conduct commercial activity and leading research. Visiting lecturers support week-long projects or conduct weekly seminars, tutorials or lecture series. Visiting lecturers include Steve Mosley (Director, Mosley&), Matthew Cockerill (Associate Design Director, Seymour Powell), Marcus Atkin (Director, Out of the Bubble Design), Martin Jones (Retail Lab), and designers and model makers from Redline Studios.
More and more students undertake work placements either in vacations or by undertaking the sandwich year option. Staff encourage and support these initiatives helping you to find placements using their strong links with industry. At the end of the second year as an alternative to a work placement you are also able to undertake a year ‘exchange’ through the Erasmus scheme with a European design school.
Graduates have a diverse portfolio suited to a range of careers in the furniture design industry and beyond. Previous students have become in-house designers for companies including Habitat, MFI, Howdens and Next. Others have become design consultants or freelance furniture designers. They have also applied their skills to marketing, design management or procurement for companies such as Marks & Spencer, or they have gone on to teaching or further academic study such as Royal College of Art in London.
UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees: £11,250 per year
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Superb workshops offer facilities for manipulation of soft materials for model making as well as wood prototyping. Access to a specialist new product development centre is also available. You will also have access to excellent workshops with rapid prototyping facilities as well as specialist furniture manufacturing equipment including large scale vacuum-forming machines, veneer presses and CNC routers.
You will benefit from dedicated studio spaces and extensive CAD facilities. The design studio enables you to develop your skills alongside students from different year groups who are involved in the design of a wide range of products. Your computing skills are continuously developed by working on various PC based 3D modelling and graphic presentation software packages within our specialist facilities.
International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal|.
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Furniture Design students have won many major awards in recent years including the prestigious RSA Student Design Awards, the BASF Student Design Awards and the Habitat Furniture Design Award. They have also won nine awards at New Designers exhibition in London.
“I learned so much from tutors and technicians. The facilities are fantastic – especially the workshops – and having your our own studio space is amazing”
Shu Aoki, BA (Hons) Furniture Design. Shu chose Furniture Design to take advantage of DMU’s strong industry links through live projects and competitions, and for the opportunity to exhibit at New Designers, London.
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