HND Furniture Design and Make (Sept 2014)

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Programme Specification 1. Awarding Institution / Body

University of Central Lancashire

2. Teaching Institution and Location of Delivery

Burnley College

3. University Department/Centre

School of Art, Design and Fashion

4. External Accreditation 5. Title of Final Award

HND Furniture: Design & Make

6. Modes of Attendance offered

Full and Part Time

7. UCAS Code


8. Relevant Subject Benchmarking Group(s) 9. Other external influences

The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

10. Date of production/revision of this form 11. Aims of the Programme

February 2014

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to provide an educational foundation for appropriately qualified students. to develop their future careers in a number of related but diverse directions. to develop an understanding of the design processes which will contribute to the improvement of our living environment. to develop an awareness of the importance of the ecological issues facing the human race and the particular responsibilities of those using renewable and non-renewable resources. to develop students' abilities in coping with the various constraints imposed on them in providing viable design solutions to economic technological and social problems. to provide a basis, through appropriate achievement, for continuing education and career development to provide students with the necessary skills, vocational, intellectual and personal, to be effective in immediate employment to allow students to develop into Furniture designer/makers/producers to develop the students' powers of analysis and synthesis in relation to the formulation of design solutions to broaden the students' outlook, through the course of study, to the application of gained skills to areas other than paid employment

The use of appropriate teaching and learning strategies as detailed in the modules will be important in the success of the achievement of these aims. The course is designed to include flexible routes to achievement for the various possible career progressions and continuing education.

12. Learning Outcomes, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods A. Knowledge and Understanding A1. Explain design processes that will contribute to the improvement of our living environment. A2. Evaluate constraints and develop strategies for the application of viable design solutions. A3. Apply appropriate furniture making skills to resolve design or production problems. A4. Apply innovation to the resolution of design/production problems. A5. Explain the importance of designing and manufacturing with sensitivity to issues surrounding sustainability. Teaching and Learning Methods Throughout the course there is a balance of theoretical and practical studies. Teaching is student centered and project based, with the complexity and scope of the project work increasing throughout the course. A variety of methods are employed including lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussions, group activities, on-line learning and individual contact with staff in the workshops and design studios. Assessment methods Each module is assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work. Project work, assignments, tests, presentations and end of module examination may be used. B. Subject-specific skills B1. Apply practical making skills using hand tools, power tools and machinery. B2. Undertake research in materials, construction, techniques, designers, designer/makers, bespoke furniture, batch production, and mass production. B3. Apply design principles to a specified brief. B4. Produce furniture designs within time and cost constraints. B5. Apply safe machine workshop practices. B6. Apply finishing materials to completed furniture pieces. B7. Generate and record ideas, research and design solutions visually through two and threedimensional forms. B8. Use sketchbooks to record observations of areas of interest. B9. Plan, draw and colour render design drawings. B10. Use a broad range of specialist materials and processes to express ideas and realise creative intentions. B11. Identify and explain the function of a range of hand, power and machine tools. B12. Identify and describe the characteristics of materials commonly used in furniture making. B13. Apply conventions used in technical drawing. B14. Produce accurate working drawings using hand and computer aided methods B15. Explain upholstery frame construction. B16. Undertake traditional and modern upholstery techniques. Teaching and Learning Methods  The delivery process is primarily workshop and design studio based, with complementary studies in Design, Visual Communication, Materials, Manufacturing production and Production Technology based on workshops, lectures and student centered learning, including tutor supported use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  Learning support material may come from the tutor and by research in the Learning Resource Centre, libraries, and via the Internet (VLE).  Integration of theory and practice will be achieved and student centered learning experiences facilitated through project work.  Health and Safety requirements in the workshops will necessitate direct tutor supervision.  Project briefs will be discussed and explained and ‘Design & Making’ project briefs will be negotiated and agreed with the tutor to facilitate aims and learning outcomes of the relevant module.  Individual projects and assignments will progress from being staff-determined to being negotiated with the student.

Assessment methods The learning outcomes will be assessed through continuous assessment of workshop practice and on completion of projects. Main assessment times are shown on the year plan given to all students, and assessment dates for individual projects are shown on project briefs. Distribution, identification and weighting of assessment criteria are shown on individual project briefs. Criteria may vary depending on individual project aims. Criteria and weighting of marks will be clearly communicated to students. C. Thinking Skills C1. Apply planning and research skills and organise and manipulate information. C2. Present, explain and summarise historical and contextual information. C3. Apply skills of critical appraisal and analysis. C4. Present and communicate ideas, research, and design solutions verbally and in written form. Teaching and Learning Methods Self and peer evaluation, critiques, discussion and tutorial support centred on Personal Development Planning plays a central role in development of intellectual skills and skills in problem solving and innovation. Assessment methods Intellectual skills are assessed through formal examination (student delivered seminar presentations and essays), critiques, and learner generated documentation relevant to project work (evaluations, logs of processes). D. Other skills relevant to employability and personal development D1. Application of design skills that have a marketable, commercial value. D2. Appreciation of the links between design concepts in the commercial market and modern production environments D3. Awareness of the constraints placed upon design concepts to ensure commercial value in the current market. D4. Application of skills in marketing and promotion. D5. Production of a business plan. Teaching and Learning Methods The delivery process will be classroom based, with an opportunity for students to conduct selfdirected research. Students will devise their own business plan, working to an agreed format The summation of the programme will be by an oral presentation to the tutor, another member of staff and peers. NB Discretion will have to be exercised here due to the possible private nature of the business plan. Assessment methods The learning outcomes will be assessed through continuous assessment and on completion of projects. Main assessment times are shown on the year plan given to all students, and assessment dates for individual projects are shown on project briefs. Distribution, identification and weighting of assessment criteria are shown on individual project briefs. Criteria may vary depending on individual project aims. Criteria and weighting of marks will be clearly communicated to students. Learner presentations (oral and in one-to-one interview) are assessed as detailed in individual project briefs.

13. Programme Structures*

14. Awards and Credits*


Module Code

Module Title

Level 5

FD2201 FD2202 FD2203 FD2204

Visual Communication 2 Design Analysis 2 CAD/CAM Production methods and Techniques 2 Project (40 credits) Design and Make 2

20 20 20 20

Visual Communication 1 Design Analysis 1 Materials Technology Production methods and Techniques1 Furniture Design and Make 1 Business, Planning and Marketing Production Science and Technology

20 20 20 20

FD2205 FD2206

Level 4

FD1201 FD1202 FD1203 FD1204 FD1205 FD1206 FD1207

Credit rating HND Requires 240 credits including a minimum of 80 credits at Level 5 or above.

40 20

20 20 20

15. Personal Development Planning

Personal Development Planning is ongoing with scheduled input through provision of a weekly tutorial hour. Learners are encouraged to record academic learning and development and skills development. Additionally, students are encouraged to engage in self-reflection, target setting, action planning and monitoring. Included in tutorial provision are induction activities, personal tutoring (one to one), visits and trips focused on engagement with the workplace and professional progression and surgeries in academic skills based on individual need and the needs of the cohort.

16. Admissions criteria Programme Specifications include minimum entry requirements, including academic qualifications, together with appropriate experience and skills required for entry to study. These criteria may be expressed as a range rather than a specific grade. Amendments to entry requirements may have been made after these documents were published and you should consult the University’s website for the most up to date information. Students will be informed of their personal minimum entry criteria in their offer letter. 1 GCSE ‘A’ level in appropriate subject plus 4 GCSE A, B or C grade or equivalent; BTEC National Diploma in Furniture Studies or; BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design or; GNVQ Art and Design or; NVQ Level 3 Furniture Studies or; City and Guilds Advances Furniture Studies or; Demonstrable relevant experience and commitment demonstrated through interview.

17. Key sources of information about the programme    

Burnley College and the University of Central Lancashire Student Handbook Module and Project Descriptions Booklets Burnley College Prospectus Burnley College Website

18. Curriculum Skills Map Please tick in the relevant boxes where individual Programme Learning Outcomes are being assessed Core Programme Learning Outcomes

Module Level Code Module Title

(C), Comp. (COMP) or Option (O)

Knowledge and understanding





Visual Communication 2


Design Analysis 2



FD2204 FD2205

Production methods and Techniques 2 Project (40 credits


Design and Make 2


Visual Communication 1


Design Analysis 1


Materials Technology

FD1204 FD1205

Production methods and Techniques Furniture Design and Make


Workplace Module


Production science and Technology Business, Planning and Marketing






Subject-specific Skills A5



B11 B12

B13 B14

B15 B16

Thinking Skills C1




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Other skills relevant to employability and personal development D1




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Mapping to other external frameworks, e.g. professional/statutory bodies, will be included within Student Course Handbooks

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