BENEFITS & QUALIFICATIONS
The School’s aim is to give you the skills, confidence and business acumen to succeed in your chosen career, whether that is in cabinet making, furniture design, furniture making, antique furniture restoration or as a specialist in a museum or professional workshop.
At graduation, our students receive:
The Chippendale International School of Furniture Certificate, which is recognised worldwide.
*Higher National Furniture Project (code FOXL 35) (SCQF Level 8**; NQF Level 5***)
*Higher National Furniture Finishing Techniques (code FOXG 33) (SCQF Level 6; NQF level 3)
The School is a Scottish Qualifications Authority Approved Centre No. 3008002 and is accredited by Education Scotland.
* These Higher national units are required by the UK Home Office for all students coming from outside the EEA. The exams are also available, but not compulsory, for any EEA students.
** SCQF = Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework
*** NQF = National Qualifications Framework
Graduation & exhibitions
Each year, a two-day public exhibition of the students’ pieces is held in central Edinburgh followed by an exhibition at the school, also open to the public. These events provide an opportunity to sell pieces of furniture or to take orders for bespoke commissions. The final event of the year is the Graduation Evening, a celebratory event for family and friends of graduating students.
Fine Furniture Guild
Successful graduates have the opportunity to join the Fine Furniture Guild, an association of School alumni. The School markets the Guild worldwide, as a way of putting former students in touch with potential customers.
Further underlining our commitment to our graduates, we offer low-cost incubation space at the School, where former students can set up in business but still make use of the School’s tools, equipment and specialist expertise.
Several alumni currently work from our incubation space here and, if you would like to talk to them, do let us know