Unlike other furniture design schools, we aim to give our students the skills, confidence and business acumen to succeed in their chosen career, whether that is in cabinet making, furniture design, furniture making, antique furniture restoration or as a specialist in a museum or professional workshop.

Not only does our nine-month professional course equip students with the skills to practice as furniture designers and furniture makers, we also provide wider business support, including marketing and PR advice, as well as the creation of sales materials and a website.

Students graduating from our professional course can start building up their business from our incubator workshop without the expensive outlay of having to rent or build a workshop of their own elsewhere.

Graduates can also take advantage of ongoing professional teaching support at Myreside Studios from Alan McGovern who has been a tutor at the school for 35 years, and Ben Dawson, a part-time design tutor on the Professional course. Both are on hand to offer ongoing practical help and advice, making the transition from student to craftsman all the more seamless under the Chippendale umbrella.

Each studio provides a generous working space, comprising a bench and separate assembly bench, and students can stay on in our incubation space for at least three years – and longer if demand allows.

Upon graduation, each student receives

  • The Chippendale International School of Furniture Certificate, which is recognised worldwide.
  • *Higher National Furniture Project (code FOXL 35) (SCQF Level 8**; NQF Level 5***)
  • *Higher National Furniture Finishing Techniques (code FOXG 33) (SCQF Level 6; NQF level 3)
  • The School is a Scottish Qualifications Authority Approved Centre No. 3008002 and is accredited by Education Scotland.
  • These Higher national units are required by the UK Home Office for all students coming from outside the EEA. The exams are also available, but not compulsory, for any EEA students.
  • ** SCQF = Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework
  • *** NQF = National Qualifications Framework

Find out more about our courses

Chippendale International School of Furniture
May 2021  Photo Phil Wilkinson

Professional Course

Our professional course is aimed at those who want to make fine furniture design and make it their career, or to learn a professional skill in retirement.

Chippendale International School of Furniture
May 2021  Photo Phil Wilkinson

Introductory Course

For anyone looking for an introduction to woodworking, we run one-week Introductory courses several times a year. These short courses are run over a five-day period, Monday to Friday and provide an introduction to a whole range of woodworking skills and techniques.

Chippendale International School of Furniture
May 2021  Photo Phil Wilkinson

Intermediate Course

Our one-month intermediate course is aimed at anyone wanting to take their woodworking skills to a whole new level.