• Code: DJ
  • Certification: QQI Level 6 Award in Furniture Design (6M2230)
  • Duration: One Year


This course facilitates learners through advanced skills of cabinet making using woodworking machinery to manufacture doors, drawers and carcasses, the application of various wood finishes and techniques. An emphasis will be placed on the key link between the design process, 2D/3D Computer Aided Design and the workshop. Learners will have access to a design studio, a well-equipped woodwork room and a comprehensive workshop. This award provides a link to Furniture Design and Technology programmes throughout Ireland.

Programme of Study
  • Furniture and Cabinet Making
  • Design
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Wood Finishing
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Full QQI Level 5 Award
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview.

Career Opportunities
  • Cabinet Making/Joinery
  • Carpentry
  • CAD/CAM Engineer
  • Designer
  • Timber Technology
  • Machinery Technician
  • Spray Technician/Wood Finisher
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

University of Limerick:

  • Materials and Architectural Technology (LM094)

Carlow IT:

  • Construction Technology - Higher Certificate (CW416) Year 1
  • BSc in Building Construction and Services Management (CW417)
  • BSc in Quantity Surveying (CW438) Year 1
  • BSc (Hons) in Facilities and Energy Management (CW448) Year 1

TU Dublin:

  • Building Services Engineering (DT005) Year 2
  • Construction Management (DT117) Year 2
  • Timber Product Technology (DT169) Year 2
  • Buildings Management (Maintenance & Conservation) (DT170) Year 2
  • Architectural Technology (DT175) Year 2


  • Bachelor of Science in Furniture Design and Manufacturing (GA970)
  • Bachelor of Science in Furniture and Wood Technology (GA971)
  • Bachelor of Science in Furniture and Wood Technology (GA982)
  • Teacher Education (GA980)
Course Co-Ordinator

Noel Sweeney

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have completed this course...

Profile – Shane Tubrid 

Business name: Shane Tubrid - Furniture by Design

"I attended BIFE in 2003, I studied Furniture Design and Cabinet Making, this course gave me an excellent insight into cabinet making as it touched on every aspect of furniture making, including frame, door and drawer making. It also allowed me build a portfolio for entry to Gmit Letterfrack , Since then I have worked for one of Ireland's top furniture makers and in 2009 I established my own business designing and making bespoke furniture." - Shane Tubrid

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