Nottingham, United Kingdom

Model Making for Furniture Design

when 18 July 2022 - 29 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 1100

This course is about how we represent furniture design through a variety of modelling techniques. It begins with the opportunity to explore the rich history of furniture from around the world. Then you will be introduced to the notion of drawing, model-making and design as tools for recording, reflecting and communicating ideas around furniture design and production.

The course will then introduce a variety of model-making materials and techniques (which increase in complexity), providing you with an understanding of the vital role model-making plays in the conceptual and development stages of design work. You will review materials and processes and learn to appreciate which are indispensable and which are optional. The models, by definition, are made to scale - examples will be used to explain scale and to teach you how to move between measurements.
The course will include group project work and critiques to demonstrate your artistic understanding of drawing and model-making, in addition to your personal project.

This course offers a range of opportunities to extend your practical skills as a designer, providing a platform on which to develop your observational and practical skills. With access to the latest technology as well as traditional resources, you’ll learn to make models using an extensive array of materials, tools and techniques. You’ll develop as an independent thinker who is capable of solving problems and take imaginative leaps into design and creativity.

As designers, looking back at historical movements can help to inspire future ideas. Therefore, this course begins with a series of visits to museums and showrooms, to inspire and inform you of how new materials and technologies have developed furniture design. During these visits, you’ll study furniture and product designs to help you engage with structures, materials and cultural influences. You’ll undertake drawing exercises that will improve your hand-drawing and observational skills and be introduced to different approaches and materials.

Target group

Students who have completed at least one year of a 3D, product or furniture design related programme at degree level. While no previous experience of model making is necessary, we would like to see plenty of drive and enthusiasm. The course is ideal for students interested in 3D design, design history and art.

Course aim

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
• Describe why models are best placed to represent detail and context
• Explain how model-making helps a designer explore the potential of a project and the range of solutions
• Select and use a variety of materials and techniques in drawing and model-making.
• Appreciate and communicate how models can be finished in different styles fit for different purposes.



Assessment = 2D and 3D presentations of project work.

Credits info

10 EC
10 UK credits / 5 ECTS

Fee info

GBP 1100: Early-bird discount available for students who pay the tuition fee by 31st March - £990!

Tuition fee includes course materials, our exciting social and cultural programme, support from our friendly team of student buddies, use of our GSS Hub with free drinks, and a trip to the beautiful city of Oxford.
GBP 350: Choose from on-campus or off-campus accommodation. Both offer single en-suite rooms on a self-catering basis with shared kitchen and living spaces, kitchen and bedding packs and 24 hour security/reception cover.