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Furniture Design and Makers Long Course – Final places available for September 2020

Furniture Design and Makers Long Course – Final places available for September 2020

If you have been thinking about pursuing your passion for woodworking and taking the next steps towards a rewarding career in furniture making, there are still places available on our Furniture Design and Makers Long Course starting in September 2020.

This year’s Furniture Design and Makers Long Course students will complete the remainder of their course and graduate by the middle of August. Since resuming their course after lockdown, we have made some changes around the workshop to help maintain social distancing and a comprehensive plan of measures to keep our students safe and well during their time at the school. 

We are currently interviewing students for places on the 2020 course - visits can be carried out either at the school with social distancing rules in place or via a ‘virtual’ video call on WhatsApp or Zoom. The video call takes about one hour including a virtual tour of the school and workshops. Peter will discuss the course in detail with you, show you the work created by this year's students and answer any questions you may have.

Furniture Design and Makers Long Course Overview

Our long course is aimed at students aspiring to design and make fine furniture to professional standards – either for their own enjoyment or to develop a career as a professional furniture designer or maker.

For those students training or re-training for a new career, we offer a vocational course which is an alternative to university; we enrol students from aged 18 upwards and we teach you not only how to design and make fine, hand-crafted furniture, but also teach you the business and marketing skills needed to start your own workshop. For students looking to work as an Improver or a Designer in another workshop when you graduate, you’ll develop the practical skills, gain the speed and build confidence to get you to the professional level required to get a position in a workshop.

We have a 100% success record in finding our graduates a position in workshops and have links to many businesses, both large and small, where you can go on work experience placements or internships during the course. This will give you an insight into life as a designer or maker, as well as being a great introduction to workshops that you may wish to join on completion of your course.

For those looking for a new direction or their own sense of fulfilment; if you simply want to produce beautifully designed and constructed bespoke pieces of furniture for yourself, we nurture your skills and tailor the course to your own needs and pace.

You don’t need any experience in woodworking to join, we have a variety of students ranging from school-leavers looking to start their career, through to more mature students looking for a change of direction. There is always a great mix of ages and backgrounds within the group, all sharing a common aim in designing and making beautiful furniture. A small cohort means that you will grow and develop a real sense of teamwork as you progress from the initial stages to helping to run your own graduate show at the end of your course.

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Graduate Success Stories

Adam Burtenshaw

After completing the Furniture Design and Makers Long Course Adam went on to open his own company Chiselworks – designers and makers of quality joinery and furniture in their Cirencester workshop.

Andrew Strickland

Training at the Peter Sefton Furniture School gave Andrew the confidence, knowledge and skills to kick-start his new career as a furniture designer and maker, he now has his own workshops in Cambridgeshire and is a regular exhibitor at national design exhibitions.

Dave Taylor

Previously a carpenter, Dave wanted to take his career to the next level. He chose the Peter Sefton Furniture School because of the heavy emphasis on design. His ‘Toro’ chairs were displayed at the Cheltenham Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design and won a 'Highly Commended' design award from the Furniture Makers Company. Dave now has his own workshops in Oxfordshire designing and making furniture.

Tom Bradley

After finishing his A-levels Tom wanted to continue with design and woodwork and thought Peter's course was the perfect fit. His envelope table was exhibited at the Young Furniture Makers 2018 and won the Peoples’ Choice Award at the New Forest Trust Show 2018. After graduating, Tom took up a five-year cabinet making apprenticeship with Matthew Burt’s Splinter Group in Salisbury.

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Talk to us

If you have any questions about our Furniture Design and Makers Long Course or would like to request a brochure or arrange a visit, please email or call 01684 591014


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