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Certificate in Fine Furniture or Certificate in Joinery Foundation

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  • Objectives
    As a graduate of the Fine Furniture program, you'll have the knowledge and skills necessary for entry into the furniture design, construction or finishing/refinishing industries. Components of the course focus on furniture related skills and knowledge, but also cover aspects of the cabinet making and millwork trades. As a graduate of the program you'll receive credit for Level I of the Joinery apprenticeship. In addition, you’ll study business and presentation concepts that will aid in the marketing of your future work.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate in Fine Furniture or Certificate in Joinery Foundation
  • Course description
    The Fine Furniture - Joinery program is divided into three terms.

    September to December

    In the first sixteen-week term, through a series of theoretical lectures and demonstrations and shop-based practical projects, students will develop basic skills and acquire practical competency with hand and power tools used in the furniture trade, with an emphasis on safety. In addition, students will learn about wood products and materials, basic joinery, fastening methods, selection and use of adhesives and abrasive materials. Students will also be introduced to commercial practices and the processes of design.

    January to April

    In the second sixteen-week term students develop skills with more advanced techniques including veneering, laminating, lathe turning, carving, and shaping curves. Students will progress through more advanced joinery techniques, as well as finishing topcoat materials and application techniques, and the use of non-wood products in furniture making. Students will also expand their knowledge of commercial practices, design principles and receive more information on furniture history.

    May & June

    In the final eight-week term, students refine their presentation techniques and become more adept at the commercial practices inherent in the furniture trade. Students also learn basic techniques of upholstery, furniture restoration and repair. As a final project, students design and construct a piece of furniture, which is evaluated by a panel of experts and included in a public exhibition.

    Courses

    FURN 152  Fine Furniture 1
    FURN 154  Fine Furniture 2
    FURN 156  Fine Furniture 3

    To be eligible to obtain a Certificate in Fine Furniture, you must successfully complete weeks 1 - 32.

    To be eligible to obtain a Certificate in Joinery Foundation, you must successfully complete weeks 1 - 40.

    FURN 152 Fine Furniture 1

    F (7.5,22.5,0,0)

    Students will develop basic skills with hand and power tools used in the furniture trade, with an emphasis on safety. Students will learn about wood products and materials, basic joinery, fastening methods, selection and use of adhesives and abrasive materials. Students will be introduced to commercial practice and processes of design.

    FURN 154 Fine Furniture 2

    W (7.5,22.5,0,0)

    Students develop skills with advanced techniques including veneering, laminating, lathe turning, carving and shaping curves. Students will learn more advanced joinery techniques, finishing topcoat materials and application techniques, and the use of non-wood products. Students will expand their knowledge of commercial practice, design principles and be introduced to furniture history.

    Prerequisite(s): FURN 152.

    FURN 156 Fine Furniture 3

    P (7.5,22.5,0,0)

    Students refine their presentation techniques, becoming more adept at the commercial practices inherent in the furniture trade. Students learn basics of upholstery, furniture restoration and repair. As a final project, students design and construct a piece of furniture for evaluation by a panel of experts and inclusion in a public exhibit.

    Prerequisite(s): FURN 154.

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