The Chippendale International School of Furniture only takes 20 students onto our intensive furniture courses each year. As our name suggests, the Furniture School has always been ‘international’ in nature and several students from the US and Canada join the course every year, so, rest assured, you’ll be in excellent company!
Students also come from Spain, Belgium, Russia and the Far East, as well as a good number from across the UK, making for a cosmopolitan community.
Student’s backgrounds are equally interesting and diverse: from fashion design, art, architecture, music and architecture, to property, the armed services, IT, telecoms and banking. Some students already have experience of wood working but many have none. It doesn’t matter. The uniting theme is that everyone has a love of wood.
The result is a buzzing woodworking school community where everyone has a lot of fun, despite some hard work.
Check out some of the profiles of our furniture students below to see what they thought of our furniture design course and how it has helped them shape their career.
Emily Greenberg from California
“I decided to study at Chippendale because I was looking for a well-rounded, serious education in furniture design and making and that is exactly what I got at Chippendale.
“My education at Chippendale gave me sophisticated pieces of furniture I could proudly display in my portfolio to ensure my acceptance to Edinburgh College of Art.
“When I complete my studies my dream is to start my own design company, designing children’s furniture.
“Studying woodworking in the Scottish countryside was an incredible experience.”
Anaïs Dancet from Belgium
“The course covered everything that I wanted to learn. It’s really intense. You have to be committed; I mentally prepared for boot camp woodwork.”
Anaïs made an intricate architect’s cabinet and a hand carved chair while at the Chippendale School. After graduating she set up her own business www.anaisdancet.com in the Chippendale Incubation Centre and wants to deliver commissioned work.
You can see more profiles of recent students on our UK website.