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Furniture Design and Make (FdA)

Fd(A)

Key facts


UCAS code

W261

Start dates

September 2020

Course length

Full time: 2 years

Part time: 3 years

Department

School of Arts

Overview


This foundation degree in Furniture Design and Make has been developed by Oxford Brookes University and City of Oxford College, where the course is delivered. It is linked closely with the furniture industry and aims to inspire creativity in design and excellence in craftsmanship through work related study.

Situated in the Rycotewood Furniture Centre, our students develop skills as creative thinkers and makers who innovate furniture craft through the exploration of materials and skills. This programme balances design, craft and theory to nurture furniture designers and makers of excellent ability. Students can progress to employment or further study with a broad understanding of the processes involved in the design and craft of furniture.

To find out more about what it is like to study at an Oxford Brookes partner college, visit our partnership course pages.

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time off-campus
£7,350

Home/EU part time off-campus
£5,010

International full time off-campus
£9,000

Home/EU full time off-campus
£7,570 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time off-campus
£5,045 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time off-campus
£9,270

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time off-campus
£7,350

Home/EU part time off-campus
£5,010

International full time off-campus
£9,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time off-campus
£7,570 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time off-campus
£5,045 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time off-campus
£9,270

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

How to apply


Activate Learning welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications, who now want to take the opportunity for some practical skills development. It also welcomes applications from those who wish to place their experience and knowledge within a formal educational framework. 

Students are normally expected to start at Level 4, but can be admitted to any level of the course which is considered suitable, after portfolio review and interview using the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). Under this arrangement, a student may apply to have previous academic credits or other learning (APL) or experience (APEL) taken into consideration. Such applications are considered by the Faculty CATS committee and must be supported by the Programme Coordinator.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Students interested in applying for this course should normally have the following: 

 

Either:

  • a minimum of the equivalent of two years’ full-time relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting 
  • evidence of ability to study at academic Level 4 
  • evidence of support from their employer and recommendation;

Or:

  • a minimum of one A-level at grade C plus the equivalent of 5 GCSE passes at C grade or above normally including Mathematics and English Language - or a recognised equivalent vocationally related qualification, or;
  • A National Diploma in General Art and Design, or;
  • An Art Foundation course, or;
  • Level 3 City and Guilds Diploma in Furniture, or;
  • Access to Art and Design

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

All applicants to the course will be interviewed and their portfolios reviewed. As a minimum, the portfolio interview should be able to demonstrate that the applicant can do the following:

  • Show that they have an understanding of the course
  • Demonstrate that they have the necessary (or required) academic, artistic and practical skills, to enable them to embark upon their chosen course of study.

English language requirements

Where applicable; IELTS normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components and a minimum of 5.5 in the speaking and listening components.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.