Emma, FdA Furniture Design and Make

“I studied engineering in sixth form, yet wasn’t convinced that I wanted to progress in that. So I travelled and worked a temporary job. This made me realise that I definitely didn’t want to do a 9 to 5 job, so I left and decided I wanted to do something more creative.

I did a little bit of research and found this Furniture Design and Make course. I visited the campus and was impressed with the amazing facilities and welcoming staff.

I’m most proud of the sketchbooks we produce, I really like drawing and I’ve got a long way to go with the actual making. I’m proud of what I’ve done so far but there’s definitely room for improvement.

The best thing about studying here is the tutors we have, the atmosphere is good and everyone really wants to help.

If you come up with an idea, no matter how challenging, everyone is super positive and says, ‘absolutely, let’s find a way to make it happen!’

The top of my list is to create a bed, I need one myself and I think that could be a really exciting project. I did some work experience this summer in Devon, installing a bed for a high-network client. The bed was stunning, it was steam bent oak and a four-poster, based on a Gaudi design with lights incorporated as well.

This course allows me to use my inspiration from life.

I spent three months travelling in Nepal building polytunnels, basic constructs of thin bamboo strips bound together into structures. Doing that day in and day out really influenced me, because you quickly learn how to best do things simply and effectively.

If someone else was looking to apply here, I’d advise them to make the absolute most of it, talk to as many people as you can. It’s important to approach in second and third years as they helped me with their wealth of knowledge to share. It can be very collaborative here!

Once I’ve completed my course, I would like to travel more, get employed within this field abroad and keep building on the skills I’ve learned!”

Interested? Find out more about our FdA Furniture Design and Make course.