Furniture Making & Woodworking

This course is ideal for anyone seeking a career in designing and manufacture of high-quality furniture or architectural woodwork. A true craft course, working in our workshops, you will build practical furniture-making skills, and learn about design and manufacture techniques.

In addition to design, you will cover a range of practical skills, including furniture-making, wood-turning and finishing. Furniture Making & Woodworking will set you on the way to your own furniture making business, or to progression to other areas of specialism. These include furniture conservation, bespoke furniture design, architectural wood-working, shop-fitting design and other timber crafts.

Students on this programme are supported to build a Design Portfolio for career and progression interviews.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Build your design portfolio
  • Use industry standard equipment
  • Learn practical skills and apply knowledge
  • Work with our Furniture experts
  • Participate in exhibitions
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Design Skills
  • Drawing
  • Furniture Making
  • Wood Finishing
  • Wood Turning
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Bespoke Cabinet Maker
  • Furniture Designer
  • Furniture Restorer
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Furniture Maker
  • Carpenter
  • Joiner
  • Industrial Design
  • Product Design & Innovation


I enrolled at Carlow Institute as it was a lifelong dream to create my own furniture. I’ve always had a passion for design but never thought it possible. I really enjoyed the course – it brought creativity to life, providing me with knowledge and skills. Our teachers encouraged us ensuring everyone’s learning styles were accommodated. I highly recommend Carlow Institute to any age – dreams do come true, my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Furniture Design 5M2012


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 415422
Coordinator: Phillip Carey

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.