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BA (Hons) Furniture Design and Make (Full-Time) (Top-Up)

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Key information

Qualification type

Higher education

Course code

OXPDGFDESF

Career Pathway

Furniture

Level

Level 6

Duration

1 year

Campus

Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

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.

What I'll learn

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.

 

How I'll learn

Learning is supported through close contact with a range of furniture specialist tutors with access to dedicated facilities and provides an opportunity for personally-focused learning. Students will develop critical thinking and practical skills, as well as professional and research skills.

Alongside the academic study in the programme, you will develop the communication skills that will equip you to respond to changing conditions, to develop an ability to work in different environments and to seek out diverse opportunities in the furniture industries. Contacts with the furniture industry are given a high priority throughout the programme and maintained through visiting specialists and guest lecturers, industry engaged projects and visits to relevant exhibitions, workshops and factories.

You will be encouraged to take an active role in your learning, utilising effective time management and use of resources.

You will be provided with a suitably equipped place to work when attending college that will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources which will be appropriate for the nature of work you will be required to undertake. 

Additionally, the college offers a wide range of other resources and facilities which will be available to you, further details of which can found in the Higher Education Student Handbook. Each student will be allocated their own work bench and space in the HE workshop. Students have access to a dedicated IT suite, design studio, veneering, spray finishing upholstery and wood machine workshops. As well as being enrolled at City of Oxford College, you will also be enrolled with Oxford Brookes University and so will benefit from the same facilities and services as on campus students.  

If you do not have a recognised disability or specific learning difficulty, but feel that you require additional support with your studies, you may be eligible to access some discrete sessions in one of the following areas:

  • Assistive software training
  • IT upskilling
  • Essay planning and structure
  • Proof reading and editing written work
  • Bibliographies and referencing
  • Time management and personal organisation
  • Revision and exam tips
  • Presentation techniques

Your eligibility for any of the above support will be reviewed with your course tutors and a member of the study support team on your campus.

 

How I'll be assessed

All assessment is coursework or project-based. You will be asked to participate in formative assessment procedures which require you to consider your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice, with tutors, and to take responsibility for acknowledging areas of strength and areas for further development in your work.

 

Entry Requirements

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 candidates 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.

 

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS

UCAS CODE: W260 INSTITUTION CODE: O66  

ACCOMMODATION  

As a full-time Oxford Brookes student, you will able to apply for halls of residence at the University. Once you have accepted an offer of a place, you will be sent a confirmation letter. The Accommodation Letter that will enable you to apply online for halls of residence, will be sent out shortly after that. If you require a paper application form or further details, please contact the Accommodation Office on 01865 484 660 or email hallapplications@brookes.ac.uk

FEES

Home/EU fee for 2020: £7,570  

For more information please contact the HE Admissions Co-ordinator, Sue Taylor on sue.taylor@activatelearning.ac.uk

 

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