Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Furniture Making and Architectural Woodworking
Discipline: Furniture, Design, Making and Technology
NFQ Level: 8
Programme Duration: Four years
Mode of Study: Full time
Application Route: Apply through the CAO
If you enjoy woodworking and see a future, professional career in the furniture making, architectural joinery or wood manufacturing industries this programme is for you.
Through structured projects students develop skills and knowledge to enable them make furniture, architectural joinery and wood products to the highest standards using a range of traditional and advanced manufacturing technologies.
The course integrates the use of a wide range of CAD/CAM systems and equipment and introduces common metal working and upholstery techniques.
A complementary set of professional skills are key elements of student learning. Operations management, lean manufacturing, estimating and CAD engineering are studied with a focus on their application in the furniture, architectural joinery and wood manufacturing industries.
A year-long Work Placement in year 3, in Ireland and overseas, ensures graduates gain invaluable experience along with gaining first-hand understanding of current industry practices and procedures.
Common First Year. Please visit this page for Module Information - GA984 Furniture Design, Making and Technology
Through projects, students further develop skills in furniture making and architectural joinery/woodworking practice. There is a focus on more industrial and automated machinery in Manufacturing Skills 2.
Other subjects studied include Metal Skills and Upholstery, Joinery and Panel Processing, CAD/CAM, and Applied Science and Testing.
Students also research and prepare for Work Placement through the subject Business Environment.
In Year 3, students are placed in a company or organisations linked to the furniture or architectural joinery industries.
During their placement, students also undertake some online learning that includes the subjects Enterprise Operations and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture. See the section on placement to find
In Year 4, students undertake an in-depth, high quality applied research practice project suitable for commercial or domestic interiors.
Students also develop their ability to research and learn professional and management skills, undertaking subjects in Lean Operations, Project Management, Entrepreneurship and Advanced CAD and BIM.
Currently there is 100% graduate-employment for those wishing to enter the wood and furniture manufacturing industry following study in GMIT Letterfrack.
There is very strong demand for graduates with a suite of furniture and joinery manufacturing skills.
Through Work Placement students can explore the segment of the industry that most appeals to them, ranging from small workshops to larger manufacturing companies.
Some graduates also go on to establish their own businesses after gaining industrial experience.
Making – Career opportunities
- Bespoke maker
- Kitchen manufacturer
- Machine operator
- Bespoke joinery
- Shop fitting
- Machine maintenance
- Project Management
- Costing and Estimating
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.
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.
Sean Garvey, Lecturer
Tel: +353 91 74 2656