Our school of furniture design and furniture making regularly welcomes students from the Middle East.

Based near Edinburgh in Scotland, we are the UK’s leading furniture school. Since 1985 we have been specializing in teaching the design, making and restoration of high quality furniture.

Each of the 24 students on our intensive 9 month woodworking course (from October to early June) is assigned to a small tutorial group with its own dedicated tutor. They also attend classes taught by some of the most recognized professional woodworking craftsmen in the UK.

What makes our school different from other furniture schools is the interaction and collaboration between 22 students from different countries working together. Our furniture course ensures that students learn from each other, share ideas and solve problems together.

You learn the same skills here in 9 months as on many 3 year courses, saving you time and significant lost earnings. It’s hard work but you’ll have a lot of fun too!

Our furniture courses are designed to give you the knowledge and skills to become a professional woodworker. Most of our students go on to start up their own furniture design or woodworking business, with some setting up in the adjoining Chippendale Incubator Workshops.

Some of our students do our furniture course immediately before or after college, are hobbyists or recently retired.

Plenty of hands-on furniture making

We believe that you can only learn to make furniture with practice. Each student has two workbenches and all our students work together in one big workshop. Theory classes are limited to one hour a day and each student is expected to design and make at least three original pieces during the furniture course.

Furniture Restoration

Only through the study of antique furniture can students learn the wide range of existing techniques. That’s why our students have up to three pieces of antique furniture to restore during the course.

English Language and Student Visas

As far as English speaking is concerned, a CEFR level B1 score is adequate.  The school can recommend experienced language tutors for one to one tuition or group work.  We find that living and working here is a great way to improve language skills.

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).

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