Study Furniture Design and Manufacture in Ireland
Galway- Mayo-Institute of TechnologyGMIT Letterfrack is the only Institute of Technology in Ireland offering premium third level degree programmes in furniture design, wood and manufacturing technology, conservation of wooden objects and teacher training for technology subjects for second level Irish schools.
the west coast of Ireland, is a vibrant, exciting and scenic county with
an expanding culturally rich city. It attracts visitors from Ireland
and all over the world. The city and county is host to many thousands
of students and the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology provides
relevant and stimulating programmes which underpin exciting and
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology is a multi-campus institution
catering for 4500 full time and 4500 part time students. It has four
campuses, two in Galway city; one in Castlebar, County Mayo and one in
Letterfrack, Connemara, County Galway.
Letterfrack is the only Institute of Technology in Ireland offering
premium third level degree programmes in furniture design, wood and
manufacturing technology, conservation of wooden objects and teacher
training for technology subjects for second level Irish schools.
six degree programmes are available. Four are at entry level and two
provide progression opportunities to honours degree programmes from
ordinary degree programmes.
Entry-level Ordinary Degree Programmes include:
Entry-level Honours Degree Programmes include:
Progression level Honours Degree Programmes include:
Bachelor of Science in Furniture Design and Manufacture (3Years)
programme produces highly skilled graduates who combine their creative
strengths with manufacturing technology in the design and making of
contemporary furniture products.
progression and focus of skill and knowledge builds through the
programme with traditional techniques evolving to computer aided design
and manufacture. This produces graduates with a balanced mix of design
and manufacturing skill and allows them enter the industry sector of
most interest to them, i.e. from craft based workshop to industrial
attention is paid to intelligent design, which addresses market, cost
and manufacture and the ability of the graduate to conceive, develop and
produce high quality furniture prototypes.
Bachelor of Science in Furniture Production and Technology
programme uses state of the art production systems and produces
graduates with a developed knowledge of current furniture manufacturing
technologies and the ability to employ creative and innovative
approaches to producing high quality furniture.
programme is divided into two distinct areas, workshop based activities
and lecture based activities. The workshop based activities consist of
a series of projects which introduce students to furniture manufacturing
technologies. The focus of these projects is to develop skill, knowledge
and competence of machine use from a basic to advanced level. The
lecture based activities cover essential academic elements and there is
a considerable amount of integration between the practical and academic
are equipped with the skills to work in medium and large scale furniture
companies where knowledge of manufacturing and production technology is
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Furniture Conservation and Restoration
programme produces competent and confident professional conservators and
restorers of furniture and wooden objects. Throughout time some of the
most precious and practical objects of daily life have been made of wood
and they are now an important part of our heritage. Conservators treat
historic objects in order to preserve and restore their function for
use, their authentic looks and their value.
have a high level of practical skill in traditional woodworking and the
use of modern machines. Students learn about furniture history and
styles as well as fascinating exotic and domestic materials used in the
making of antiques.
Conservators use modern methods for the treatment of objects. They apply
science, microscopic analysis and photography in their work as well as
business, computer and IT skills.
degree enables graduates to work in national and international markets
either in public institutions, their own businesses or as consultants in
the antique and heritage preservation field. It opens up opportunities
to study for Masters Degree level qualifications.
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Design and Technology Education
This four-year programme produces graduates with technological and
pedagogical skills to satisfy the needs of the Irish second level school
system in relation to the teaching of Materials Technology Wood,
Communication Graphics and Architectural Technology.
programme educates in design, graphics and furniture making from a basic
level using hand tools, power tools, and machines as well as the
construction principles and technology of furniture making including
materials used past and present. This enables graduates to explore new
technologies and develop solutions in a creative and imaginative way.
duration of this programme students will learn everything it takes to
become excellent teachers. Alongside a theoretical understanding of
education teaching skills and classroom learning techniques are
developed in line with best international practice. Practical teaching
experience will be gained through teaching practice blocks and simulated
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Product Design (Furniture)
Applicants to this programme must hold the Ordinary Bachelor of Science
Degree in Furniture Design and Manufacture
programme provides graduates with advanced skills in furniture design
and development using high-end CAD/CAM systems, industrial design and
prototyping techniques. Using these skills graduates design and
evaluate furniture products with a view to market and production. The
programme begins with a professional work placement of 5 months duration
from June to October and a major project is based on this experience.
programme builds on the practical industry focused theme of the ordinary
degree and gives graduates an essential range of knowledge, skills and
competencies needed to work as professionals in the furniture and wood
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Manufacturing Technology (Furniture)
Applicants to this programme must hold the Ordinary Bachelor of Science
Degree in Furniture
Production and Technology
dynamic programme provides graduates with advanced skills in
manufacturing technology and management, using computer-controlled
technology and manufacturing systems. The degree is characterised by
its applied approach beginning with a professional work placement of 5
months duration from June to October. Company study trips and
international trade shows complement this learning experience.
Manufacturing Technology honours degree provides graduates with the
necessary skills to work as professionals in the furniture and wood
Letterfrack campus has well equipped workshops, machine halls, design
studios, computer suites, laboratories and lecture theatres. It has a
focused and specific library collection of approximately 3, 600 titles
and 36 current journals allied to all the degree programmes and web
access is available through all computer terminals. Access to many more
books and facilities is available through inter library loan options.
Life and Accommodation
life is complimented by clubs and societies, for example – design,
woodturning; film, radio, karate and many students participate in local,
regional and inter-college sporting events in Gaelic hurling and
football and soccer.
bus service operates from Letterfrack to Galway city and accommodation
is available locally in well serviced and maintained properties which
are close to the campus and village.
Letterfrack welcomes overseas applications and has had many overseas
students studying on its programmes.
Head of Department
Tel: 091 742651
Fax: 095 41112