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Furniture, Design, Making and Technology

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Furniture Design and Manufacture

Discipline: Furniture, Design, Making and Technology

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Location: Letterfrack

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Why Study?

If you like to solve problems using creative techniques and if you are interested in learning the range of skills required to design and make contemporary and innovative furniture products, then this course is for you.

You will get an opportunity to develop skills in both traditional and advanced manufacturing techniques and learn how to apply the design process from concept through to fully finished furniture projects.

Initially focusing on hand and power tools, you will acquire the skills to utilise a range of woodworking machinery, CNC technology, laser equipment and digital manufacturing.

Keen attention is paid to intelligent design that addresses issues such as markets, competitiveness, cost and environment and these criteria are closely linked with the ability of graduates to produce high-quality furniture product prototypes.

A year-long work placement in year 3, in Ireland and overseas, ensures graduates gain invaluable experience and have a good understanding of their roles in industry.

Programme Modules

Year 1:

Common First Year. Please visit this page for Module Information - GA984 Furniture Design, Making and Technology


Year 2:

Through projects, students respond to design briefs and apply the design process through to finished prototypes. There is a focus on more industrial and automated machinery in Manufacturing Skills 2.

Other subjects include Visual Communications and Contextual Studies, CAD /CAM, Advanced Materials and Sustainability and Applied Science and Testing.

Students also research and prepare for Work Placement through the subject Business Environment.


Year 3:

For Year 3, students are placed in a company or organisations linked to the Irish Furniture industry. During their placement, students also undertake some online learning including subjects Product Development and Marketing and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture. 

To find out more about student placements, please click here.

For an employer’s guide to work placements, please click here.


Year 4:

In Year 4, students undertake the design and creation of furniture items suitable for commercial and domestic interiors through a subject called Professional Design Practice.

Students also develop their ability to research and learn professional and management skills, undertaking subjects in Commercial Design, Project Management, Entrepreneurship and Advanced CAD and BIM.

Career Opportunities

Currently there is 100% graduate-employment for those wishing to enter the wood and furniture manufacturing industry following study in GMIT Letterfrack.

There is a very strong demand for graduates who have a balanced mix of design and manufacturing skills. These transferrable skills allow graduates to enter the segment of the industry that most appeals to them, ranging from craft-based workshops to modern furniture manufacturers, both in Ireland and internationally.

Some graduates also go on to establish their own businesses after gaining industrial experience.

Design – Career opportunities

  • Designer Maker
  • Product Designer
  • Kitchen Designer
  • Space Planner
  • CAD Design
  • Procurement
  • Prototyper
  • 3D Modelling
  • Project Management
  • Costing and Estimating
  • Entrepreneurship

Essential Information: 

First year students must purchase tool, safety and design kits upon registering for this programme, which are sourced and specified by GMIT.

It is desirable, though not essential, that applicants have studied Construction Studies, Art or Design and Communication Graphics.

A Level 6 Higher Certificate is embedded in this programme and students may wish to exit with this award after completing years one and two.

Contact Us

Jeremy Madden, Lecturer

Tel: +353 91 74 2669