PROFESSIONAL COURSE

Our professional course is aimed at those who want to make fine furniture design and making their career, or to learn a professional skill in retirement.

There is no typical student on our professional course. Some have previous woodworking experience, many do not. Some come to us straight from school, others are here to make a career change.

We take great pride in the international dimension to our school and, each year, underlining our reputation, students enrol with us from around the world. That diversity provides a unique dimension to what we offer.

We provide a friendly, supportive learning environment, where students can learn at their own pace, secure in the knowledge that they are receiving the best technical and design education.

Our professional furniture design and cabinet making course gives you up to 1400 hours bench time, one-to-one tuition with highly-experienced tutors, teaching a broad base of skills, collaborative, peer-to-peer learning, and one-to-one creative and skills tutoring.

Skills development

We teach the complete spectrum of woodworking skills, often bringing in world-renowned external experts, to fully equip our students for life as a professional furniture designer and maker. Among the subjects our course includes are:

Timber identification & timber technology
Tool and Machinery induction
Sharpening
3D/Perspective drawing
The fundamentals of joinery
Woodturning
Cabinet Making
Carcass construction
How to make a dovetailed drawer & hang a cabinet door
Restoration/conservation of antique furniture
Steam bending & Laminating
Veneering techniques
Fretwork
Marquetry & Parquetry
Oyster & Boulle work
Inlaying (Brass, Ivory & Mother of Pearl)
Woodcarving
Gilding
Windsor chair making
Leatherwork
Finishing techniques (Oil, Wax, Shellac, Spray lacquer, Staining & Colour matching)
Business skills, pricing & customer care
Branding, PR & Marketing, and website development & management
Machinery maintenance
How to set up a workshop

Furniture design

Understanding furniture design is fundamental to the success of becoming a successful woodworker. The subject of design is studied throughout the course, so that students can incorporate their own designs into their projects.

We also encourage students to develop their own “signature style”, enabling them to express their individual ideas and creativity.

The commercial world

Business and marketing skills are an integral part of our furniture making course, giving students the confidence to turn their passion for furniture making into a business. From advice on website design to marketing and business development, we aim to help students make the transition into the commercial world as easy as possible. Every student also has a business lunch with the principal every term.

Practical & comprehensive

After the first five weeks when students will have mastered basic techniques and the safe use of machinery, students are given greater creative freedom to find their own “signature style” and to design and make their own pieces of furniture. Students can either take those pieces away with them, or put them up for sale at the school’s public exhibitions following graduation.

Unlike some other schools, all timber and veneers used are part of the overall fee, so students need not worry about additional costs associated with the wood elements. Hand tools are also provided on every bench.

Students will normally be expected to make;

A small cabinet
A solid wood piece of furniture
A piece of veneered furniture
A carved mirror frame which is then gilded
A Windsor chair (as part of a team of four students)

Qualifications

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.

Aftercare

In introducing students to aspects of business and marketing development, the Chippendale school recognises that commercial skills are also an important part of the success of any woodworker.

However, we go much further. For a start, we offer graduating students the opportunity to move into incubation space on our campus. This gives students the chance to set up in business without the immediate overhead costs of investing in a fully-equipped workshop. It also gives students post-graduation access to our teaching staff.

Successful graduates are also entitled to join the Fine Furniture Guild, an association exclusively for Chippendale school graduates. This provides a database of graduates, listed by country and region. It is the school’s endorsement of our graduates’ skills, and provides a way of putting potential customers in contact with a woodworker near to them.

Fees

The fee for the professional course is £19,250 (subject to Early Bird discounts or travel bursaries) with a deposit of £3,000 payable to secure your place, with the balance payable one month before the start of the course.

What’s it like to be a Chippendale Furniture School student? Browse student feedback and see student interviews in our School videos.

If you have any questions about the school or how we can make your stay with us comfortable and stress-free, we can arrange a Skype appointment for you. We’re here to help!

  Skype Name: info@chippendale.co.uk

If you have any questions about the school or how we can make your stay with us comfortable and stress-free, we can arrange a Skype appointment for you. We’re here to help!

 

Skype Name: info@chippendale.co.uk

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T: +(44) 0 1620 810680 E: info@chippendale.co.uk