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Furniture and Product Design - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This undergraduate degree will train you in traditional and digital workshop practice for designing and making the furniture of the future.

Taught in the well equipped and extensive workshops of our School of Art, Architecture and Design (formerly the London College of Furniture), the course will provide you with every opportunity to explore, aspire and innovate in the field of furniture.

The UK furnishings industry is a large and growing part of the economy – currently one of the top three growth sectors in British industry. According to the British Furniture Confederation, there are about 330,000 jobs in the furnishings sector, one third of which are in the 8,000 making and manufacturing companies based in the UK, with employment and self-employment opportunities ranging from design, craft and manufacture to specification and consultancy.

Read a positive review of the furniture work from our 2018 summer exhibition.

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More about this course

London Met’s Furniture and Product Design BA degree provides you with the opportunity to design your careers as well as furniture. With the use of sustainably sourced resources and new materials and technologies, we'll help you establish your own individual style.

On this undergraduate course, we place strong emphasis on both traditional and contemporary practical skills, as well as critical thinking and experimentation. Sound ethical practice and respected professional principles underpin everything you will learn.

The course structure ensures you receive regular feedback in one-to-ones, group tutorials and seminars. Each module lays out the key skills a successful furniture and product designer must have, strategically incorporating them into the projects you'll undertake. This runs parallel to ongoing self-reflective tutorials, workshop training and contextual studies.

We'll challenge you with briefs, materials and time constraints reflective of real-world workplaces. You're encouraged to respond with visual research, design, material and technical experimentation, prototyping and production, all supported by the development of presentation and communication skills.

During the course, you'll have the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding by working on real-world creative briefs set by professional design bodies. The briefs place strong emphasis on the professional presentation of project ideas, with past projects including work with Heal's, S.C.P, Emir, Hitch Mylius and many other private clients.

The teaching team includes internationally renowned furniture and product designers, traditional cabinetmakers, CAD/CAM designers and design critics. You'll have regular opportunities to collaborate and share ideas with fellow students, as well as ongoing live projects and industry competitions. This will prepare you for your final project and graduation show.

Assessment

You're assessed via a portfolio of your project work and essays. There are no examinations.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code W261
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels in relevant arts, humanities and social science subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in relevant art and design subjects)
  • a portfolio review

If you live in the UK, you will be invited to a portfolio interview. If you live outside the UK you will be required to submit a small portfolio of work via email.

We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. 

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Art and Design (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.

We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We're proud of the fact that many of our students are changing their careers, finding their calling later in life. Formal qualifications are not always necessary since life and work experience can be considered. In such cases, we ask for a CV and supporting letter. Commitment and enthusiasm are key factors.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

What our students say

"During my first year we had to complete a project called Our Chair. The brief was to source two old chairs, dismantle them into pieces and use all the original compartments to create a new chair, giving it a new function and identity. This project opened my eyes to new ways of working and understanding the importance of storytelling through chairs.

"After graduating, I secured an internship with Lee Broom and had the opportunity to spend one or two days a week in his studio. After completing the internship I then applied for funding from the Prince's Trust so that I could start running my own studio and produce new work that could be exhibited during London Design Festival."
Yinka Ilori, former Furniture and Product Design BA student and now a London-based designer

"The studio culture at the School of Art, Architecture and Design has transformed the experience of furniture-making for me - I really appreciate the chance to explore what my practice could be when I graduate. The teaching staff have been excellent, giving me just enough freedom to explore, but not get too lost either! Excellent facilities, excellent technicians."
National Student Survey

"This course encouraged my creativity and confidence. I am much better at communicating as a result and I feel ready to launch into a professional environment. There's been great access to tutors who are as helpful as possible and give good feedback."
National Student Survey

"There's a real emphasis on training in the workshops with both machine and hand tools. The workshops at London Met are amazing and it’s great to have access to the facilities and expertise in other subject areas. The work I produced on the course attracted a lot of attention from manufacturers and the press."
Tom Price, former Furniture and Product Design BA student

Where this course can take you

The degree prepares you to enter the design profession in areas including the creative industries, commercial and public sector bodies and self-employment. Our graduates attend major international furniture industry and trade events, and have gone on to work as furniture designers for companies including Kesslers International and McLaren Furniture. Former student Yinka Ilori has successfully set up his own design studio and now exhibits his work all over the world.

You could follow in the footsteps of our students who regularly win international competitions and participate in events such as the London Design Festival and Milan Furniture Fair. Such opportunities provide you with the connections to help launch your own career.

As well as opening up a wide range of occupations within furniture, product and architectural/interior design, you may also work as a buyer, furniture technologist, design journalist or educator in furniture and product design. The course will also prepare you for entry to courses at a master's level.

Read a review of the furniture work from this course, shown at our 2018 summer exhibition.

Workshops and studios

Our School of Art, Architecture and Design has a rich history of excellence in driving forward London's furniture industry and is bustling with creativity and energy with its state-of-the-art digital and professionally-equipped traditional workshops.

You can opt to join the furniture studio of your choice as the foundation for your work during your second and third years. In the studio, you’ll access specialised learning, expertise and equipment from within our excellent furniture facilities, including a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine, a woodmill and industrial metalwork and 3D printing facilities.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

September 2021: If you’re a UK student or an EU student with settled/pre-settled status and want to study full-time from September, you can apply through Clearing – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online. If you're an international applicant or want to study part-time, select the relevant entry point and click the "Apply direct" button.

Applying for 2021

If you're from the UK, or you're from the EU and have settled or pre-settled status, apply through Clearing for courses starting in September 2021 – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

Applying for 2022

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.



When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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