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Furniture Design and Making

Course Description

This programme provides for students who wish to develop practical cabinet making skills. It aims to familiarise students with the work environment of the building industry and prepare them for the world of work as furniture and cabinetmakers. The FÁS 'Safe Pass' legal requirement for the building industry will form an optional part. The award is linked to third level institutes for students who wish to pursue higher education.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

Mandatory Modules:

  • Furniture Making
  • Wood Fabrication
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Additional Modules:

  • Building Construction
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Design Skills
  • CAD 2D

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you will be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment.  It allows students to create links with employers. 

Career Opportunities

Successful students may achieve apprenticeships in the following trades: Carpentry and joinery, furniture making, painting and decorating, furniture design, wood craft, metal craft, wood turning, surveying, draughting etc..

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 

The programme is linked to third level institutes for students who wish to pursue higher education for example:

  • GMIT Letterfrack Furniture College
  • IT Tralee Advanced Woodwork and Sustainable Technology Degree TL743

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


Students who complete the course successfully qualify for:

  • QQI Level 5 award in in Furniture Design and Making - 5M2102

Maintenance Grants

Applications To:
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) a unit of City of Dublin VEC through

Enquiries & Applications

For enquiries and applications please refer to contact methods above or click the apply button below.

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