Chippendale School of Furniture
The Chippendale International School of Furniture is the UK’s leading furniture design college and offers unique career opportunities for future furniture designers, woodworkers or furniture making entrepreneurs.
With capacity for only 21 elite students a year, 40% of whom come from abroad, it offers an intensive course condensing 2-3 years learning into just 9 months. From lectures, visiting experts, field trips and tutors students will learn 80 woodworking techniques over 1,400 hours of practical bench work.
This school is business-focused, teaching its students how to market their products and establishes its graduates in adjoining workshops and among a rich network of contacts. Named after the famous 18th century designer Thomas Chippendale it is as good a place to study antique restoration as it is to learn the most dynamic developments in avant-garde design. Applicants who love to work with wood and are determined to forge a career in it need no woodworking experience.
Services for International Students
Upon arrival, all students take part in an induction programme to show them round the college and introduce them to staff and other students. During term time, students are allocated a personal tutor to provide regular feedback on progress. In addition, Student Services and the Welfare Team deal with non-academic issues such as happiness, visas and health.
The following services are provided:
- Airport transfers
- Arrival briefing and tour
- Accommodation administration
- Medical registration and appointments
- Banking and pocket money
- Police registration, visa renewal / travel arrangements
- Confidential counselling and support
- Emergency assistance 24 hours a day
- Advice on local religious and cultural groups
- Linguistic and cultural support
Chippendale has a student welfare officer who will help you find local accommodation to rent.
The school is in the heart of the East Lothian countryside at the base of the rolling Lammermuir Hills but only a few miles from the centre of Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh. It is close to the long sandy beaches of the Firth of Forth and over 20 golf courses and facilities for tennis, bowls, football, rugby, swimming, hockey and sailing.