Discover how to combine creative thinking, practical activity and a theoretical understanding of materials so that whether you are looking for a career in industrial furniture design or artisanal furniture creation, you will be well equipped for success.
- UCAS course code
- York St John University
- Course fees
- 2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
- 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
- Study Abroad
- Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
- Start date
- September 2018
At Level one you will be equipped with the basic skills and understanding for furniture design practice. You will develop an effective design language and establish a foundation of important skills in the studios and workshops. These core skills will include drawing, modelling, making, communication, graphic layout, creative thinking, research methodologies, processes, materials, aesthetics, presentation etc. Extensive workshops support your practical skill development.
At Level two, projects become more technical and design briefs more challenging to enable you to further develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills as a ‘Furniture Designer-Maker’ or a ‘Furniture Designer for Industry’. As a furniture designer-maker you will have the opportunity to develop a set of ‘hand-making’ skills, producing highly crafted furniture embedding technology in a creative, commercial and cultural context. Furniture design for industrial production is an adjacent pathway. You will benefit from professional practice initiatives which include speakers, live projects and ‘crits’ and client feedback culminating in the work experience module.
At Level three, furniture design briefs allow you to develop your specialist interests. Focus will be on professional practice, working on personal briefs or those set by private clients and/or furniture companies such as Vitra. A range of designers will provide guest lectures to expose you to how the design process actually works commercially. You will develop a range of effective techniques for presenting work in both 2D and 3D.
Collaborative project work for furniture designers is currently well established in the Art and Design Department. This can be witnessed in the form of the exhibits at the annual summer shows, the student work showcased at New Designers - the Creative Industries Partner Employer Forum, and graduate progression into professional practice employment.
Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.
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Teaching & Assessment
The programme has been designed to meet the needs of those of you who wish to undertake a degree in a broad range 3 D design related activities currently; furniture, product and interior design. Programme delivery will utilise a blended approach incorporating tutor led sessions, group work and individual tutorials, technical support and learning reinforced by virtual learning environments (VLEs).
The programme is concerned with ensuring that you have the opportunity to experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies across the modules offered. These are structured to facilitate successful achievement of the learning outcomes of each module.
You will be provided with a range of teaching and learning strategies across the modules, including:
- Reflective learning
- Independent learning
- Collaborative learning
- Facilitated learning
Students will be taught using a wide and varied range of teaching methods, including:
- Individual and group tutorials
- Group and individual presentations
- Visiting speakers / lectures
- Use of audio-visual material
- Use of e-learning
- Use of appropriate IT
- Technical support
The programme recognises that, as a higher education student, you need to gain and develop a range of graduate attributes which is why the programme places a significant emphasis on your independent learning. The programme thus aims to provide an environment in which you are encouraged to take responsibility for your role in managing your learning and outcomes.
Reflection is central to learning on this degree. It encourages you to relate new material you may encounter to your existing knowledge and expertise. In addition to being a part of good quality knowledge transfer, reflection supports learning by enhancing the whole experience. The new programme will offer you the time to reflect in a variety of ways; such as learning journals, formative feedback, the use of portfolios, reflection on work related learning and internships, tutorial interaction, peer and self-assessment, assignments and a review of your own continual professional development (CPD) plan. It will also facilitate an understanding of your own learning processes and their relationship with and to other creative industries.
You will be encouraged to recognise your learning is not confined to formal teaching situations and encouraged to undertake independent preparation as a follow up to your formal teaching sessions. The programme seeks to offer a range of technical support and independent study that might include both theory and practical sessions. The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team support staff in using some of the core online student services, such as Moodle (VLE) and Mahara (e-portfolio), which you can openly access as part of your online learning experience.
Assessment & feedback
Project feedback will be undertaken at timely points to enable effective progression into the next project, usually at the same time as a portfolio review to enable ongoing holistic assessment. A personal design and learning portfolio is key to the reflective CPD process and the programme will offer a system for developing a professional design portfolio which will record both the process and outcomes of your design projects, and also enable you to record other professionally relevant achievements and competences. This portfolio will be reviewed regularly, usually three or four times per semester, to track progress and aid with setting objectives for future projects. This will be timed to coincide with appropriate stages in projects and modules. This will also particularly be used to provide context for your specialism decisions at the end of level four and also to guide the independent project choices for level six. The portfolio review will be integrated into the academic tutorial system to provide coherent personal learning support for all design students. Summative feedback, reflecting the formative feedback stages and portfolio reviews, will be communicated within 3 weeks of the final submission at the end of a module.
You will not be expected to undertake any examinations whilst on the degree.
The minimum entry requirements for this course are:
96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points
3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language
As well as a strong standard of written English, the ability to demonstrate knowledge and interest in the subject is essential. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, visits to design exhibitions, museums or collections. Applicants will also show an ability to 'think outside the box' and have relevant experience of group work.
We also value the ability to demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include involvement in projects or entering competitions, and being aware of any current issues relating to design, such as sustainability. Candidates will also be able to discuss influences including favourite designers, design product or style of design.
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Fees and funding
To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.
Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.
York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2018 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.
There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.
UK & EU 2016 / 17
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
Overseas 2016 / 17
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
Our Design students have worked on a wide range of real-life design projects in partnership with local and international organisations including Hiscox, TeleWare and Playscheme.
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