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Furniture Design Beginners Summer School Short Course

Course description

An intensive 3 week course combining conceptual and practical skills in furniture design and model making. Working both in a studio and workshop, you will learn how to research and how to apply your findings in order to define your design directions. You will make extensive use of drawing, sketching and sketch model making in order to refine your ideas. The outcome will be your final scaled model.  

The course will also give you a comprehensive overview of current professional furniture design practices. You will also get a useful insight into some practical aspects of design such as batch production, technical restraint and ergonomics. Plus, you will be able to make extensive use of Central Saint Martins' workshops with the support of specialist skilled technicians.

Who should take this course?

  • Those with an interest in furniture design who wish to explore the subject for the first time.
  • Graduate and practicing designers wishing to focus on this area in more depth.
  • Students wishing to start building a portfolio for future study in product design.

This course offers you a perfect balance between design conceptualisation and practical skills that will transform your ideas and concepts into three dimensional reality.   

Level: All levels of experience are welcome, although it is better suited to the beginner rather than the practicing product/furniture designer.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

  • originating new ideas and developing concepts in 2D and 3D
  • model making, drawing and sketching
  • experimenting with wood, wire, metal and plastics
  • creating mock ups
  • testing your ideas in scale and 1:1
  • producing scaled models 


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Range of pencils (minimum 2H,HB,2B,6/8B) 
  • A3 layout/marker pad
  • Notebook/sketchbook (A4/A5)
  • Protractor (to measure angles, or adjustable set square)
  • Laptop (if you have one)
  • Camera

Meet the Tutor:

The course will also give you a comprehensive overview of current professional furniture design practices. You will also get a useful insight into some practical aspects of design such as batch production, technical restraint and ergonomics.

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