Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects

FdA Historic Craft Practices - Furniture

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Duration: 2 academic years (each 36 weeks) full time

The Foundation Degree in Historic Craft Practices is designed to give you well-rounded woodworking theory and skills that will enhance your employment prospects or allow you to continue your studies in higher education. Furniture making projects become more challenging as the course progresses and may incorporate your own designs. In the second year students may choose to continue to develop their furniture making and finishing proficiency or begin to develop basic skills in furniture restoration/conservation.

You can expect

  • To develop excellent practical skills
  • To learn how material properties influence practice and making
  • To learn historic making techniques in a modern woodworking context

Learning environment

  • Low student: tutor ratio
  • Workshop access 7am-10pm, 7 days a week
  • Interdisciplinary environment
  • Visits from specialists from the heritage and private sectors
  • Visits to museums and active links with heritage bodies

(Subject to re-validation)

Contact Hours

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, external trips and visits and workshop practicals. In addition, you have personal tutorials with your subject tutor.

At level 4 you typically have around 18-19 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:

  • 4-5 hours of lectures
  • 1 hour of seminars
  • 8 hours of supervised workshop practicals
  • 4 hours of external trips & visits (on average)
  • 1 hour of one-to-one meetings/tutorials

At level 5 you typically have around 16-17 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:

  • 3-4 hours of lectures
  • 1 hour of seminars
  • 7 hours of supervised workshop practicals
  • 4 hours of external trips & visits (on average)
  • 1 hour of one-to-one meetings/tutorials

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Overall workload

Level 4: 53% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity
Scheduled teaching and learning: 633 hours, Independent learning: 567 hours

Level 5: 50% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity
Scheduled teaching and learning: 600 hours, Independent learning: 600 hours

Programme Structure Year 1

Programme Structure Year 1

Programme Structure Year 2

Programme Structure Year 2

Facilities

You will work in our specialist Furniture workshop and have access to an analytical laboratory. Collaboration with other disciplines (e.g. metals and clocks) makes for a uniquely enriched learning environment.

The on-site Art and Conservation Library puts thousands of specialist books and journals within your reach and you can access specialist databases in the IT suite.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points:120, completion of a level 3 qualification, for example A-Levels, BTEC, or Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Applicants can be considered if they can provide evidence of prior learning with an appropriate portfolio of work. You will be invited for a portfolio interview.

International applicants should provide a digital portfolio, evidence of English language ability to level B2 (IELTS 6.0) as well as equivalent level 3 qualifications.

Fees

UK/EU:

£4,130 per term (£12,390 per year)

International:

£4,130 per term (£12,390 per year)

Included is mandatory study trip costs of £400, which typically includes tailored visits to collections/exhibitions of specific interest to the programme of study.

Additional costs

Lunch, accommodation and other living expenses are additional, available on request.

Find out more about funding.

Careers

Graduates go on to work in the trade as furniture makers, designers, repairers, restorers or conservators, or to pursue further education.

Tutors

Norbert Gutowski

Subject Leader, Furniture & Related Objects

Associate Fellow of the HEA

Norbert is a furniture maker - conservator with almost two decades of tutoring experience, who has also worked extensively as a fine antique furniture conservator- restorer.

Tristram Bainbridge (MA ACR)

Tristram works as a contract furniture conservator at the V&A and in private practice. He has lectured in conservation at the City and Guilds of London and at Camberwell College of Art.

Dr Nicholas Pyall

Programme Co-ordinator FdA Historic Craft Practices

Nick specialises in instruments inspired by Viennese guitars of the early and mid-nineteenth century, including those with extra bass strings, and the mid-twentieth-century guitars of the North American 'golden era' of acoustic guitar making. In recent years his passion has led to him studying the instrument's development and societal history.

Program advisors

Christopher Claxton Stevens: Decorative Arts Scholar and Consultant
Richard Coles: Antique Furniture Dealer
Kate Gill: Textile Conservator

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this course or would like further information please contact admissions either by enquiring online or calling the number below. To make your application you will need to download and fill out our application form.

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Applications are welcome from UK/EU and International students.

The deadline for applications for 2019 entry is 1 March 2019 (with the exception of Conservation of Books and Library Materials, which is 1 February 2019).

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