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FDA Kitchen Design

  • Study Mode: Flexible and Distributed Learning
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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We nurture and develop highly skilled and competent individuals for the multi-million pound global kitchen industry. During your time on this course you’ll be exposed to a technically focused and knowledge based programme. This will give you the skills to understand client needs, be aware of design trends and have appropriate technical capacity.
Already got an FDA in Kitchen Design? Find out more about our BA (Hons) Kitchen Design (top-up).
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Why study this subject?

This course will help you build skills and help you enhance your knowledge around kitchen design as you go forward with your career. Throughout this course you’ll be challenged to examine your current way of thinking and broaden your perspectives and creativity.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

With a history of delivering expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career.

During your time on this course at BNU you will gain key experience that will help you get ready for the next step in your career. This course is designed so that you can relate your studies to your existing role and working environment, facilitating a synthesis of learning and development.

You’ll have the opportunity to be part of an innovative course that’s led by our dedicated and industry-facing course team. As well as gaining direct access to guest lectures and you will benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities.

BNU also offers you access to a range of our state-of-the-art facilities where we have our specialist workshops and equipment, from wood and metal work to 3D printing, there are many ways for you to express your creativity.

One of our most challenging projects was to design the kitchen area for a Maggie Centre in Dundee, designed by Frank Gehry; it was great to be using our skills in a real-life situation.
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What facilities can I use?

At BNU we have a range of specialist facilities for you to use, including; our 3D printer, industry-standard studios, technical machines and high quality equipment.

The High Wycombe Campus also has an industry-standard range of art and design facilities, including a computer lab, 3 photography studios, the Red Shed textiles facility, workshops for wood, metal and ceramics, and facilities for mold-making and plaster work.

What will I study?

This course has been designed in conjunction with key members of the kitchen industry and is in response to national training needs. Exploring critical design practices such as participatory design strategies, you’ll graduate from this course being able to demonstrate creative concepts from plan to finish product.

This unique course content is flexibly delivered alongside the intensive residential events, which combine into a lively and contemporary study of this key industry. This blended learning opportunity is where you will meet your fellow students, the course team and our industry supporters.

You will use the skills and knowledge learnt on this course in conjunction with your current working environment or goal. This will help you gain a sophisticated and synthesised understanding of skills, abilities and knowledge for a role within a contemporary and future facing kitchen design industry.

On successful completion of the programme, you'll be able to recognise the conceptual and theoretical issues that underpin the practices of kitchen design. You'll be able to identify the emerging developments and trends within the kitchen industry and the way in which these have developed. You will also understand the ethical and sustainability issues affecting the design and production of kitchens.

In addition, you'll be able to generate concepts and ideas in response to set briefs as well as select and evaluate the effectiveness of appropriate materials, processes and environments used in the design and production of kitchens. You will be able to present solutions to design problems in set briefs and self-initiated work, demonstrating creative thinking and approaches to problem-solving in kitchen design.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Kitchens are a multi-million pound global industry. To maximise your share of that industry you need a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce able to understand client needs, design trends and technological developments.

The Kitchen Design course is taught through a combination of online and face to face lectures, seminars and workshops, industry speakers, academic speakers, and masterclasses. Online sessions generally take place in the evenings to fit around your current schedule.

Industry experts will share how they approach projects, develop imaginative designs and understand demands and constraints in kitchen design. However, you'll be expected to undertake further learning supported by tutors at a distance, using our online learning environment to maintain contact and submit short pieces of project work and gain comments and advice to improve it.

Teaching will focus on the most up to date and effective hybrid learning strategies, including debating, scenario planning, lectures and live briefs.

You’ll also be assessed through;

• Design Portfolio

• Research Portfolio

• Presentation

• Written Assignment

• Reflective Journal

• Technical Report

• Dissertation

• Alternative Format Dissertation

• Formative Assignments

Placements Plus

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.


This course will also help you design and develop kitchens from concept to outcome for a range of consumers and market levels, produce a variety of 2D and 3D visual images and designs in both virtual and physical formats for professional and commercial audience. You will also be able to plan and manage kitchen projects to a professional standard and in adherence to industry and planning standards.

As well as this you’ll also gain the skills and knowledge to join an elite group of exceptionally qualified kitchen design professionals. Upon graduation you’ll become a creative, critical thinker who is thoughtful, and entrepreneurial in your approach and who go on to ‘break new ground’ and contribute to the field in a variety of ways and through a range of career paths including but not limited to:

· Independent Kitchen Designer

· Commercial Kitchen Designer

· Contract Kitchen Designer

· Product Designer

· Interior & Spatial Designer

· Retail Designer

· Project Manager Design

· Project Manager Installation

· Marketing & PR

· Automatic progression into PG courses at BNU Progression into PG course elsewhere Progression into PG teaching/education courses

Useful information

FdA Kitchen Design Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Students should normally have five GCSEs including English at grade C/4 or above and an appropriate Level three qualification such as A-levels, National Diploma, Access course, City & Guilds or equivalent.

However relevant work experience from a related industry sector, an aptitude for design and a willingness to commit to the level of personal study required will be given equal consideration.

Please contact us if you need any advice concerning your eligibility for the course.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Kitchen Design Worlds

Kitchens in Context 1

Materials Technologies and Kitchens

Year 2 Modules

Kitchen Marketing

Kitchens in Context 2

Make a Kitchen Experimentally (MAKE)

Year 3 Modules

Kitchen Project Management

Personal Kitchen Design Project

What are the tuition fees


Home and EU, Academic Year 2021 - 2022

£5,600 per year

Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£5,700 per year

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


This course will also help you design and develop kitchens from concept to outcome for a range of consumers and market levels, produce a variety of 2D and 3D visual images and designs in both virtual and physical formats for professional and commercial audience. You will also be able to plan and manage kitchen projects to a professional standard and in adherence to industry and planning standards.

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