Further Education

Further Education 2020-2021

Furniture Making and Design 5M2012

You will learn to design and make original pieces of furniture for use in the home or public buildings. You will experience the satisfaction of turning your own ideas into reality through the use of wood and other materials.

This course is designed to
  • Prepare participants for entry to Furniture colleges eg GMIT Letterfrack

  • Develop the design and woodworking skills required in the furniture industry

  • Prepare learners for apprenticeships in furniture or woodwork

entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome


Design Skills 5N0784

Drawing 5N1862

Furniture Making 5N1275

Communications 5N0690

Work Experience 5N1356

Wood Turning 5N1360

Safety & Health at Work 5N1794

Wood Fabrication 5N1999

CAD 5N1604

Upholstery & Restoration Skills 5N0538


Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.


QQI Level 5 Award in Furniture Design (5M2012)

How the course is taught
  • This is a practical course where learning takes place primarily in workshops and drawing rooms

  • GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to meet the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education
  • Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme eg GMIT Letterfrack

  • The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

  • Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup

  • Students can also progress to UK Furniture Colleges

  • Student Services Fee: €175
  • DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200
  • QQI Certification Fee: €50
  • Materials Fees: €200

TOTAL: €625


Students can progress on to a variety of woodwork related apprenticeships

  1. What type of materials or woods will I work with? The learner will work only with the highest grades of solid timbers e.g. Spalted beech, Elm and Ash.

  2. What prior knowledge and experience is required for the course? None. The learner progresses from the basic level of woodworking skills to a thorough knowledge of the woodwork design process.

  3. Who designs the pieces of furniture that the students make? The individual learner designs his/her own pieces of furniture using an extensive range of woodwork and furniture design tools.


Annual End of Year Student Exhibition in May


This is full-time one-year course and runs from September to May

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

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Please Note

GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Student Testimonial: Jens Kosak

When I started the Furniture Design course at Galway Technical Institute I did not know much about Furniture at all.The course gave me a great introduction to woodworking, covering many aspects from sharpening hand tools to woodturning. It is a hands-on course with much time dedicated to workshop use and the manufacturing and restoring of furniture. The theoretical part was not neglected either. In my time it was Irish furniture history, coupled with a visit to Bunratty Folk Park, which was a highlight of the year. Besides that, Communications, Computer Aided Drawing and Art classes are part of the curriculum and are a good preparation for further studies. After finishing the course in Galway it seemed quite natural to continue studying in GMIT Letterfrack, which was not such a big step up since my time at GTI prepared me well for it. www.jenskosak.com