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AMUSF Modern and Traditional Upholstery (short course)

Why study this course?

Furniture has been designed, made, upholstered and restored at The Cass, London Metropolitan University (formerly the London College of Furniture), for nearly 50 years. This course continues that tradition, and is part of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) professional qualification programme.


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Here at The Cass, we offer a unique learning experience encouraging excellence and creativity within the University environment, with expert tuition by experienced professionals recognised within the industry along with technical support, professionally equipped workshop facilities and an extensive library.

The University has strong links with the upholstery industry and livery companies. For the last 25 years, the Worshipful Company of Upholders has awarded prizes for outstanding student work at its annual awards ceremony.

This AMUSF-accredited course is designed to give you an excellent grounding in the skills, techniques and materials of the traditional and contemporary upholsterer, both practical and in business, preparing you for employment or self-employment within the furniture industry.

The course is suitable for those seeking a career in upholstery. This is likely to include both beginners and those who already have a working knowledge within the industry.

The AMUSF course follows a progressive three-stage programme:

  • stage one: Craft Certificate – 210 hours
  • stage two: Intermediate Craft Certificate – 210 hours
  • stage three: Diploma – 210 hours

You can choose to study on a two-day, one-day or an evening course.

The programme progresses through three stages, each stage taking 210 hours, leading to a diploma in stage three (a pass will be required at each stage before you can progress to the next stage). It is a practical course requiring a degree of manual dexterity.

There is no obligation to complete all three stages but a pass is required at each stage in order to progress.

Working through each stage, you will advance the skills already learnt whilst being introduced to new materials and techniques. The course is heavily practical in nature, concentrating on learning through making with opportunities for group discussion as well as lectures and visits by industry experts.

Tutor profiles

"The course is excellent, the teachers are outstanding and I learned beyond my expectations. The teachers transmit the love they have for a beautiful craft and profession." 

"A really excellent course with experienced and motivating tutors."

Course dates

October 2017 to July 2018

Length One day a week for 35 weeks - Monday OR Thursday OR Friday
Two days a week for 35 weeks - Tuesday & Wednesday
Day and time Various
Maximum class size 8
Contact hours 210 to 420

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

In addition to the course fee there are additional charges for materials.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

Students are able to pay the fee in full or in four instalments via our direct debit scheme.

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered learning provider, registration number 5304.
A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning.
For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the Gov.uk website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

 

How to apply

For information on how to book, please email thecass.shortcourses@londonmet.ac.uk

For information on course content, please email f.marinelli@londonmet.ac.uk.

 

When to apply

If you were unable to attend the Open Day on 21 March, please get in touch with Franco Marinelli, Upholstery course organiser at f.marinelli@londonmet.ac.uk

Fees and key information

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