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BA (Hons) Furniture Design

UCAS CODE: FU02 (Full-time) or FU01 (Foundation Year)
TARIFF: 88 - 112 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three or Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2024
Discover the latest innovations in sustainable furniture design and making, using the latest equipment, methods and approaches that are informed by history. On this contemporary degree, craft skills meet new cutting-edge technology. This combination means you’ll develop the practical skills you need to inspire and create future developments, whilst exploring materials and key design principles informed by cultural contexts.
Taught by industry-professionals, you’ll be supported as you discover your unique and original vision helping your portfolio of skills stand-out in the global industry of furniture design and making. Stay updated with all our latest BA (Hons) Furniture Design news by following us on Instagram @bnufurnituredesign
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Why study BA (Hons) Furniture Design at BNU? 

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

Situated in High Wycombe, our town’s rich history in furniture design and making influences our tradition design methods and contemporary teaching. You’ll be able to learn new skills and develop your unique style whilst studying in a renowned furniture town. 

This interdisciplinary approach, and our university Chancellor being the renowned Furniture Designer and Restorer, Jay Blades MBE, makes this course strictly unique.

Delivered by our experienced teaching team who boast a wealth of experience within the furniture design and making, product design, modelmaking and design visualisation industry. As industry-professionals, you’ll benefit from their industry insight and connections, gaining direct access to guest lectures, live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities. 

Access to high standard of facilities is key to the growth and development of your practice, that’s why we have invested ample time in making your key course areas ones of excellence. We continue to develop these areas, the equipment and software you use to match current industry desires, meaning upon graduating from the course, your skillset matches what’s needed.

You’ll put learnt design principles and both traditional and modern furniture design and making processes into practice in our professional-standard workshops, studio facilities and CAD suites. Here you’ll have access to state-of-art equipment and software. Here you’ll develop as a thinking-practitioner, mastering your profession and taking ownership on inventive briefs.

You’ll produce 3D models, fully working prototypes, computer models and finished pieces, whilst experimenting with a range of different materials including wood, metal and mixed media. 

You’ll develop traditional hand skills and utilise the latest CNC techniques and machines. We also have specialist technicians and demonstrators on site to support and share their knowledge with you as you become a confident, creative, and advanced designer.

Throughout this degree you’ll get hands-on with a range of furniture, learning the skills, techniques and methods that you’ll need to create high-standard finished pieces. Overtime you’ll develop your own unique style and speciality. 

In your final year you will present practical work in a range of formats to different audiences, whilst demonstrating an ethical and professional standard of practice in your design-related work. You’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your design and finished products to industry-professionals from a range of design and art focused sectors.

Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers.

What will I study? 

This Furniture Design course embeds furniture design and devising innovating approaches and practices to reflect the exciting developments that define the contemporary furniture industry today. At the core of this degree is skills and understanding of techniques, materials, historical and cultural contexts, sustainable design and developing a professional profile.

By working through sequences of contemporary and interdisciplinary projects, you will acquire a wide range of creative and technical skills which enable you to complete design projects from concept to final presentation, and help you become a ground-breaking practitioner of furniture design.

You’ll also develop your understanding of the impact of technology and the wider social, and political and environmental issues impacting the design and production industries today. As well as this you’ll learn about the requirements needed to operate as a sole trader. 

In your cohort you will work with other students from related 3D Design programmes where there is benefit from sharing common modules. This will enhance your learning experience and enable participation in a wide set of opportunities to strengthen your knowledge and skills, producing a versatile and responsive graduate suitable to adapting to changing future facing demands.

With London only a short journey away, and access to a range of business and organisations relevant to furniture making around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire there are ample opportunities for visits to sites of historical and contemporary interest.

Upon graduation from the BA (Hons) Furniture Design degree, you should have the ability to have a productive career in the creative industries and manufacturing sectors. You’ll be ready to respond to inevitable change, having the capacity to adapt as new types of requirements evolve and mature.

How will I be taught and assessed? 

As a BA (Hons) Furniture Design student you’ll have to complete a series of contextual modules and projects. These are designed to present new challenges to you, helping you become a problem-solver and specialist within furniture design as you progress through the course. They involve working with varied briefs, clients, and requirements. By the end of your time with BNU, you’ll benefit from a full portfolio of work to go to employers with.

You’ll also benefit from lectures, 1:1 or small group tutorials, seminars that enable open discussions, guided research and reading, group critiques and self-directed study.

We also aim to provide industry brief opportunities for you to apply your knowledge, skills and understanding into real-world contexts. The theoretical underpinning of practice encourages the development of critical perspectives in relation to the history and language of design.

Useful Documents

BA (Hons) Furniture Design Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Furniture Design Additional Course Costs

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)

UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A levels, T levels, BTEC or an Access to Higher Education course in a relevant subject. Please list all your qualifications on the application form as you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application.

A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

Applicants will need to complete an interview and/or demonstrate portfolio work, further guidance is given on the interview and portfolio advice section.

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. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

This course has Opportunity modules.

Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in your first year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. Find out more.

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £9,250 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,150 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

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?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our Careers and Employability Team also help you find employment after graduation.

As a designer-maker, you'll have excellent knowledge of recent developments in the field of furniture design and making. Our BA (Hons) Furniture Design course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • Furniture Maker
  • Furniture Design
  • Furniture Restorationist
  • Product Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Exhibition and Event Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Display Designer
  • Modelmaker

You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study our full-time or part-time Postgraduate Courses.

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