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.
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:
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.
"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."
"A fantastic three years!"
"I loved the course. My tutor, Rachael South, was wonderful; incredibly patient, very knowledgable and communicated the content in an easy to understand way."
"The level of teaching is second to none."
"Amazing, course that surpassed my expectations. Matthew Gates is an incredible teacher."
"Excellent teachers and course. I enjoyed it and learnt a lot."
September 2018 to July 2019
One day a week for 35 weeks
|Day and time||Various|
|Maximum class size||10|
|Contact hours||210 to 420|
A 20% discount is available for:
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.
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.
Booking is now open for 2018/2019.
Please select when you would like to start: