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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Furniture and Digital Manufacturing

To do this course, apply for GA984 Furniture Design, Making and Technology. After Year 1, choose your preferred degree.

Discipline: Furniture

Location: Letterfrack

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Why Study?

If you are interested in an exciting career combining wood, engineering principles and the most advanced manufacturing technology, then this course is for you.

Students undertaking this programme will Initially focus on the use of hand and power tools in producing a range of furniture products.

Once students master these initial skills they learn to use more advanced manufacturing equipment, operating CNC routers, large scale woodworking machinery, laser equipment and 3D printers in the fabrication of furniture and furniture components.

Students will also learn a range of professional skills such as covering operations management, lean manufacturing, estimating and CAD engineering with a focus on their application in the furniture and wood
manufacturing industry.

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.

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

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

Programme Modules

Year 1:

Common First Year - GA984 Furniture Design, Making and Technology

Year 2:
Through projects, students develop their skills in digital processing and automated manufacturing techniques relevant to the furniture industry.

There is a focus on more industrial and automated machinery in Manufacturing Skills 2.

Other subjects include CNC Technology, Automation, CAD/CAM, 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 Wood and Furniture industry.

During their placement, students also undertake some online learning including subjects Enterprise Operations and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.

See the section on placement to find out more.

Year 4:

In Year 4, students undertake a major applied project related to domestic and commercial interiors through a subject called Professional Digital Manufacture Practice.

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.

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 skills in advanced manufacturing aligned with the needs of Industry 4.0 and smart factories.

Through Work Placement, students can explore the segment of the industry that most appeals to them, ranging from small workshops to modern furniture manufacturing companies.

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

Digital – Career opportunities

  • CNC Programmer
  • Operation manager
  • Production line technician
  • Quality control
  • Automation
  • Robotics technician
  • Programmer
  • BIM Technician
  • 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.

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

Des Kelly, Lecturer

Tel: +353 91 74 2686