New Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design

Thursday 22 November 2012

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Buckinghamshire New University is launching a Foundation Degree (Arts) in Kitchen Design – the first of its type in the country. The course starts in September 2013, and is a two-year full-time or three-year part-time qualification.

Dr Lynn Jones, Head of the National School of Furniture (NSF), based at Bucks New University and at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, said the course would contribute to establishing the UK as the world hub for kitchen design.

Each of the 10 modules has been developed with industry partners and students will be schooled in everything from dealing with customers and suppliers to designing, specifying and managing kitchen projects. Dr Jones said: "Everyone behind the course is hugely excited by its potential and the opportunity it represents to add academic credence to the skills of kitchen designers."

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The course is supported by key industry partners including Hettich UK; Johnny Grey, British Kitchen Designer and owner of Johnny Grey Studios; Renee Mascari, Chief Executive of the Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom National Training Group (KBBNTG); and The Furniture Makers Company.

Applicants to the course should hold a Level 3 qualification in kitchen fitting, furniture manufacture, design or similar qualifications. Mature students with relevant experience but no formal qualifications are also welcome to apply. Applicants from industry can combine the part-time mode with employment.

For further information regarding this exciting new course, see the Bucks New University website.

Above photo: Dr Lynn Jones, Head of the National School of Furniture (NSF), based at Bucks New University and at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BUCKS NEW UNIVERSITY)