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Despite Buckinghamshire New University closing two of its furniture courses, the Foundation Kitchen Degree Course remains unaffected.
The Foundation Kitchen Degree (Arts) Course is a three-year part-time course and it is set to start in September 2014.
The course, which has taken two years to develop, will cover dealing with customers and suppliers to designing and managing kitchen projects, as well as computer-aided design. In addition, it will include business and finance, materials and technology.”
Head of the National School of Furniture, Dr Lynn Jones said: “The course will build on the many excellent apprenticeships in the UK, such as the Kitchens Bedrooms Bathrooms Training Group courses, run by the well-respected Renee Mascari, and will allow students the chance to gain further qualifications, and perhaps move on to degree programmes in furniture at Bucks New University or elsewhere.
“We have listened to what our industry partners and contacts have said and come up with a foundation degree programme that meets the needs of what they are looking for.”
Dr Jones continued: “Visits and live briefs from industry partners will be a key aspect and this course will also offer students the chance to work in industry and spend as much time learning outside the classroom as inside it.
“Now we want to build momentum, attract the students, and make a significant contribution to UK kitchen design.”