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Furniture Design & Making (Year 1)

Course Code(s):  5M2012 CI061FU
QQI Award Code:  5M2012 Furniture Design and Making
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2012 CI061FU
QQI Award Code 5M2012 Furniture Design and Making
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide students with the essential skills and capabilities to design, plan and manufacture quality fine furniture. The course is strongly vocational as students time is spent between the fully equipped workshop and the drawing and design studio. Students learn a variety of traditional and modern woodworking processes using the finest quality hardwoods, plastics, metals and other composite materials. As part of the course work students manufacture several articles of furniture which they have custom designed in their own style.

What will you Study?

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Design Skills 5N0784

Drawing 5N1862

Veneering & Marquetry 5N1365

Furniture Making 5N1275

Wood Turning 5N1359

Computer Aided Draughting 2D 5N1604

Art Woodwork 5N1559

Materials & Finishes 5N1456

Word Processing 5N1358
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
AFURX 5M2012

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Advertising Art Director   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Photographer   Potter / Ceramicist  
Sculptor   Costume Designer  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Architect - Conservation  
Artist   Furniture Designer / Maker  
Textile Designer   Industrial Designer  
Illustrator   Screen Printer  
Typographer   Digital Media Designer  
Arts Administrator   Packaging Designer  
Interior Architect / Designer   Dressmaker  
Creative Director   Fashion Designer  
Film/Video Tape Editor   Camera Operator  
Animator   Graphic Designer  
CAD Technician   Architect  
Ceramics Technologist   Carton maker  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Ergonomist  
Musical Instrument Technician   Toolmaker  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Glassmaker  
Metal Fabricator   Cabinet Maker  
Modelmaker   Textile Machinery Technician  
Printer   Instrument Craftsperson  
Draughtsperson   Teacher - Art and Design   
Architectural Technician / Technologist   Carpenter / Joiner  
Production Designer - TV/Film   Theatre/Television Designer  
Cartoonist   Designer/maker  
Naval Architect   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Engineer - Mechanical   Engineer - Aeronautical / Aerospace  
Process Development Scientist   Patternmaker  
Refrigeration Craftsperson   Mechanic / Automotive Technician  
Engineer - Yield Analysis   Vehicle Body Repairer/Panel Beater  
Engineer - Manufacturing   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Blacksmith   Engineering Technician - Mechanical   
Horologist   Polymer Technician  
Machinist - Manufacturing   Manufacturing Technician  
Engineering Craft Machinist   Engineer - Transport Design  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Art, Craft & Design
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.

Ratio of Male to Female participants:

source: QQI

Grades Recieved:

source: QQI