NOTE: This blog is not specifically for my customers but for potential students of kitchen design – it is posted here because I helped develop the course with colleagues at the university.
Bucks New University, School of Design, Craft and Visual Arts
Faculty of Design, Media and Management.
Course qualification: FDAUCAS code: W24B
Study mode: Full-time, Part-time Location: High Wycombe
Start date: September 2013
Duration: Two years full-time, three years part-time
Cost: £7500 per year. Bursaries may be available
Is this course for me?
The course is aimed at school and college leavers or mature students already employed in this field and looking to extend their knowledge and experience, as well as those who wish to develop a career in a design field with a relevant application.
The kitchen industry is large and diverse and fragmented, with little structured training. This course answers the need for a specialised education programme and deals with all aspects of the role of kitchen designer.
Drawing on Bucks New University’s established expertise and provision in the field of design and making as part of the faculty that houses the National College of Furniture, this course will help you develop an understanding of the kitchen industry.
Primarily design based, the course will teach you about consumers, suppliers and how to design and manage kitchen projects. You will study modules in design, cultural and visual awareness with a particular reference to historic interiors and social practices. Spatial design processes will also increase your understanding of current markets and ability to design for a range of market sectors in kitchen design and installation. Practical aspects of construction and fitting will be taught, but the emphasis will be on innovative design and development of the kitchen as a space for living. You will also learn relevant CAD programmes as well as drawing and visualisation techniques to enable development of ideas.
Visits and live briefs from industry partners will be a core aspect of the course. You will benefit from our specialist facilities and strong industry links, including companies and organisations such as Hettich UK, Johnny Grey Studios, Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom (KBB), Society of British Interior Designers, Lago, KBSA, KBBNTG and Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) and Company of Furniture Makers.
You will have access to a range of specialist facilities including Bucks New University’s computer rooms, MAC rooms, spatial design studio, workshops for multiple materials including plastics, wood, metal and ceramics, as well as laser cutting and rapid prototyping machines.
The course will equip you with skills in the following areas:
Design: aesthetics, interior architecture and design, ergonomics - understanding that the modern kitchen is often a multi-functional living space.
Making: technical understanding - materials, fittings, appliances, lighting, furniture making. Live making projects will be undertaken throughout the course.
Culture and context: history of design and domestic living, aspects of psychology and social trends – to help understand the wider aspects of design and society.
Business: retail, sales and marketing - the designer is often the person that makes the sale. Financial and project management skills are essential for a successful kitchen designer.
The quality and complexity of kitchen design is increasing all the time with much influence from both Germany and Italy, bringing opportunities for interesting and fulfilling employment. Graduates from this course will be fully prepared to work within this industry, or you may wish to set up your own company. Alternatively, you may prefer to continue studying and progress on to the final year of one of our BA (Hons) courses in Spatial Design or Furniture depending on your interests, allowing you to top-up your qualification and gain a full honours degree.
School leavers with relevant GCSE’s or A Levels, those with Level 3 qualification in kitchen fitting, furniture manufacture, design or similar qualification.
We also welcome applications from mature students who have relevant experience but do not hold formal qualifications. Applicants from industry can combine the part time mode with employment
For more details on the FDA in Kitchen Design call 0800 0565 660, email Julie.Catlow@bucks.ac.uk, business and student co-ordinator or go to http://www.bucks.ac.uk.