Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Wood Craft and Upcycling

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This practical, workshop based course specialises in the making of wooden household items for the craft industry. Projects include the making of furniture, along with smaller items such as bowls, utensils, lamps, wood carvings, decorative items etc.

Students are thought the practice of fine woodworking skills using specialised hand tools, along with the use of power tools and machinery.

The course also focuses on the sustainable practice of green woodworking and furniture upcycling, bringing new life to otherwise unwanted pieces of furniture.

A selection of introductory group projects is completed in term 1. In terms 2 and 3, students are encouraged to design and make unique projects under the guidance and assistance of their tutors.

The course is delivered in a very enjoyable and inclusive environment. All levels of experience are welcome.


  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

  • All applicants are interviewed, and places are awarded on suitability.

  • Mature students without formal qualifications are most welcome to apply.


This is a one-year course but students on successful completion of year one may progress to Furniture Design & Making 2


  • Student Services: €250

  • QQI exam fees: €50*

  • Facilities / Class Materials: €250 Total: €550

Please note that only debit cards/visa/mastercard payments are acceptable for payment. The College cannot accept cash/cheque.

* Note: Students with medical cards are exempt from paying the QQI exam fee.


  • QQI Level 5 in Furniture Design & Making (5M2012


The following subjects may be offered:

Furniture Making 5N1275

Using traditional woodworking hand tools and power tools to accurately achieve a professional standard. You will also learn how to use woodworking machinery to process rough timber, making it ready for joining and shaping at the bench. Colouring and finishing by hand or in the spray booth will also be part of your skillset.

Design Skills 5N0784

Understand and appreciate the design principles in a variety of Art, Craft and Design disciplines. Students generate a wide range of design solutions through visual and verbal brainstorming, lateral thinking and exploration of materials.

Drawing 5N1862

Makers and designers communicate in drawing, it’s their first language. Through life drawing and sketching you will learn how to capture the world on paper, how to visualise ideas and present them to others. 

Combined Materials 5NO764

Combining a variety of materials and finishes through the Upcycling of furniture. Student will develop a wide range of upcycling techniques, both traditional and experimental.

Green Woodworking 5N5625

Learn the techniques of working with freshly cut wood. Throughout the year, students will design and make 3 projects such as stools, chairs, small tables, bowls and spoons etc. This is a highly beneficial and enjoyable method of working with wood.

Problem Solving 5N1615

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to practice effective problem solving in everyday life and vocationally specific contexts, operating independently while under general direction.

Work Experience - 5N1356

Becoming immersed in real world studios and workshops is an invaluable means of learning your trade. For 2 weeks of the year, you will be in a professional workshop assisting on live projects. We will help you find a suitable match to your interests.


Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location. The college will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.


For full details on progression opportunities see these links:

Excellent progressions opportunities including:

  • Cork College of FET, Tramore Road Campus: Furniture Design & Making 2.

  • ATU: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Furniture Design and Manufacture, ATU, Galway (AU681).

  • ATU: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Furniture Making and Architectural Woodworking, ATU, Galway (AU682).

  •  ATU: Furniture Design, Making and Technology, ATU, Galway (AU683).

Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award. We advise you to consult the CAO website – to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions.


Graduate opportunities may include the following:

  • Graduates can gain employment in the craft industry or become a self-employed craftsperson producing work for both local and international markets.

Wood Craft & Upcycling

Level 5 Certification (5M2012)

Wood Craft and Upcycling
Wood Craft and Upcycling at Tramore Road Campus
Wood Craft and Upcycling at Tramore Road Campus
Wood Craft and Upcycling at Tramore Road Campus


Tel: (021) 4961 020