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Furniture and Product Design BA (Full-time)

London Metropolitan University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

Furniture and Product Design BA (Full-time)

Why study this course?

This undergraduate degree will train you in traditional and digital workshop practice for designing and making the furniture of the future.

Taught in the well equipped and extensive workshops of our art, architecture and design school, The Cass, (formerly the London College of Furniture) the course will provide you with every opportunity to explore, aspire and innovate in the field of furniture.

We also offer a two-year Furniture FdA, which provides successful students the option to either top up with Year 3 of the Furniture and Product Design BA or finish with a foundation degree.

The UK furnishings industry is a large and growing part of the economy – currently one of the top three growth sectors in British industry. According to the British Furniture Confederation, there are about 330,000 jobs in the furnishings sector, one third of which are in the 8,000 making and manufacturing companies based in the UK, with employment and self-employment opportunities ranging from design, craft and manufacture to specification and consultancy.

London Met’s Furniture and Product Design BA degree provides you with the opportunity to design your careers as well as furniture. With the use of sustainably sourced resources and new materials and technologies, we'll help you establish your own individual style.

On this undergraduate course, we place strong emphasis on both traditional and contemporary practical skills, as well as critical thinking and experimentation. Sound ethical practice and respected professional principles underpin everything you will learn.

The course structure ensures you receive regular feedback in one-to-ones, group tutorials and seminars. Each module lays out the key skills a successful furniture and product designer must have, strategically incorporating them into the projects you'll undertake. This runs parallel to ongoing self-reflective tutorials, workshop training and contextual studies.

We'll challenge you with briefs, materials and time constraints reflective of real-world workplaces. You're encouraged to respond with visual research, design, material and technical experimentation, prototyping and production, all supported by the development of presentation and communication skills.

During the course, you'll have the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding by working on real-world creative briefs set by professional design bodies. The briefs place strong emphasis on the professional presentation of project ideas, with past projects including work with Heal's, S.C.P, Emir, Hitch Mylius and many other private clients.

The teaching team includes internationally renowned furniture and product designers, traditional cabinetmakers, CAD/CAM designers and design critics. You'll have regular opportunities to collaborate and share ideas with fellow students, as well as ongoing live projects and industry competitions. This will prepare you for your final project and graduation show.

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Admission requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • A minimum of grades BBC in three A levels in relevant arts, humanities and social science subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in relevant art and design subjects)
  • a portfolio review

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • 3D Design Principles
  • 3D Visual Research and Communication
  • Critical & Contextual Studies 1 (3D)
  • Workshop Practice
  • 3D Design
  • Critical & Contextual Studies 2 (3D)
  • Design Resolution
  • Materials, Technology and Markets
  • 3D Project Design & Development
  • Critical & Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (3D)
  • Major Project Realisation: Furniture and Product Design
  • World of Work

Modules and module details are subject to change over time

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

How much you pay in tuition fees depends on which country you come from and whether you are a full-time or part-time student. Please visit the course page on university website for fee information particular to that course.

Career opportunities

The degree prepares you to enter the design profession in areas including the creative industries, commercial and public sector bodies and self-employment. Our graduates attend major international furniture industry and trade events, and have gone on to work as furniture designers for companies including Kesslers International and McLaren Furniture. Former student Yinka Ilori has successfully set up his own design studio and now exhibits his work all over the world.

You could follow in the footsteps of our students who regularly win international competitions and participate in events such as the London Design Festival and Milan Furniture Fair. Such opportunities provide you with the connections to help launch your own career.

As well as opening up a wide range of occupations within furniture, product and architectural/interior design, you may also work as a buyer, furniture technologist, design journalist or educator in furniture and product design. The course will also prepare you for entry to courses at a master's level.

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London Metropolitan University

Based in England’s historic capital city, London Metropolitan University has a rich history of education with its roots dating back to 1848. Taking its current form following a merger of two well-renowned universities in 2002, it offers a wide range...

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London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB London

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