Furniture Design and Making


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award Furniture Design and Making (5M2012)

Course Aims

DFEi has a long history of providing further education and training courses aimed at learners who want to work in the furniture industry. Learners develop essential craftsman's skills to assist them in gaining employment in the industry. 

In Year 1, learners will be introduced to the use of hand tools and woodworking machinery as they construct their furniture projects.  In Year 2, learners further develop their skills to create more complex designs. They achieve a higher level of hand skills and wood machining competences using modern technologies including CNC.

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
• Leaving Certificate Applied
• Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
• Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Furniture Making
  • Computer Aided Draughting (2D)
  • Design Skills
  • Drawing
  • Wood Finishing
  • Veneering and Marquetry
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

Other Certification

Safe Pass Certificate


Additional Information

A Graduate Visual Design Exhibition of learner’s work from this course is held annually in DFEi in May, providing an opportunity for learners to showcase the skills and knowledge they have acquired.

Progression Opportunities

DFEi:   Graduates may progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Furniture Design and Making at DFEi

Elsewhere:  Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificates and degree programmes, at both, Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme

Bachelor of Architecture (DT101)
BTech in Timber Product Technology (DT169)
BSc in Product Design (DT001)
Dublin Institute of Technology
BSc in Furniture Design and Manufacture (GA981)
BSc in Furniture and Wood Technology (GA982)
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution.


Career Paths

Graduate opportunities may include the following: furniture designer or maker, apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, interior design, product design, construction industry, management/sales within the furniture industry, or self employment.