“The course was what I expected, fast-paced in a short time. It gave a foundation to build on skillwise.”

Jonathan Van Camp, Canada

The Chippendale International School of Furniture in Scotland runs one of the best international courses in furniture design and furniture making. Each year the school welcomes students from all over the world, including students from Canada.

Our students come from all over the world – because the Chippendale School runs one of the best international courses in furniture design and furniture making.

Founded 30 years ago, the Chippendale International School of Furniture is the UK’s leading furniture school. We only give places to 22 students on each furniture course, ensuring excellent 1:1 tuition within a buzzing woodworking community.

You learn to master over 80 woodworking techniques on our intensive nine-month furniture courses, covering furniture design, furniture making, furniture restoration and cabinet making.

You learn the same skills here in nine months as on many three year courses, saving you time and lost earnings. It’s hard work – but you’ll have a lot of fun too!

The Chippendale School’s unique approach is practical and hands-on with a lot of time focused on making your own pieces of furniture. And, of course, it includes lectures, courses by visiting experts and inspiring trips to famous furniture collections.

And we still have a few places on our next nine-month course starting October 2016.

See our course fees pages.

Thomas Chippendale’s Heritage

Thomas Chippendale was the world’s leading cabinet maker in his day and his legacy lives on. At the Chippendale School, we aim to pass on his genius within a modern context.

Our students tell us that they really like our furniture school because we provide:

  • An intensive, comprehensive furniture design course
  • Lots of workshop space
  • A collaborative woodworking community
  • A fun, life-changing experience
  • A real-world woodworking environment
  • An inspiring, creative, ‘think different’ environment
  • A strong business and career focus
  • Genuine value for money

Located in Beautiful Scotland

The furniture school is located in Scotland, Europe’s most beautiful country (we may be biased, however…)! Imagine studying in inspiring countryside near Edinburgh, Europe’s festival city!

As an international furniture school it should be easy for you to obtain your Student Visa as we have Highly Trusted Sponsor status with the UK Borders Agency (we’re on the Tier 4 Register of Sponsors).

We welcome novices and those with some woodworking experience, entrepreneurs, career changers and hobbyists. All you need is a love of working with wood!

For more information, browse the sections on the right, watch our videos or contact the furniture school.

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