C5252 - Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology

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Plan: C5252 - Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology
Qualification national code: LMF50508
Nominal hours: 1534
Career: TAFE
Duration: 2 Years
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Design (TAFE) (320T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/designtafe
CRICOS code: 070465J

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Purpose of the Program

The Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology develops your skills and knowledge to have a career as a furniture design and prototyper in Australia or overseas.

Starting from a project brief, you’ll learn traditional product development techniques while using the latest industry tools and practices to develop solutions to design problems.

You’ll be guided through the process of developing new furniture products (such as storage, seating and living or homewares) resolving practical, manufacturing and sustainability issues.

Design projects get you involved with local and national companies. As a graduate you can specialise in many diverse areas of furniture development including computer-aided design, product illustration, CAD drafter, product development, home wares, production development, lighting, eco design or as a liaison between engineering and production. As a furniture designer you'll work as part of a design or manufacturing team. Many designer also undertake freelance work.


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Articulation and pathways


Articulation agreems between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT university qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

If you are a graduate of the Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology and you are applying for:
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) or Associate Degree in Design (Furniture)

...you may be able to claim credit for courses you have already completed. You can claim up 96 credit points for the degree and up to 48 credit points for the  Associate Degree. For more information on this, together with other details, refer to the program guides for:

Bachelor of Design (Industial Design) http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=BP195 

Associate Degree in Design (Furniture)  http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=AD007

and in the RMIT Handbook (http://www.rmit.edu.au/handbook ).

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

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Entrance requirements

This program has no prequisites for entry into this qualification


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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in the furniture design discipline.

This program maintains industry links in a variety of ways.

As students in this program, you will have the opportunity to join the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) as associate members. The DIA has a specific category for Furniture Designers and offers associate members professional recognition and information on all areas of Industiral Design through seminars and forums.

Please note that assessment in this qualification is not dependent upon membership of the DIA.

Our teachers bring to the program extensive industry experience and contact networks, and many are practising professionals. Their experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.

Several main Design/Manufacturers are represented on the program's Program Advisory Committee which regularly give feedback to the school current trends and skills needed to work within the industry of Furniture Design and Manufacture.

The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) is Australia's professional membership body for designers and design businesses. http://www.dia.org.au/index.cfm

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources


As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your
learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
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    if relevant
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    of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
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    as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander students.
You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Specialist resourses for this program
Computing facilities are available at Building 8 level 7 for computer aided drawing. The CNC facilities and software are located with the School of Design (TAFE) Building 55 workshop and CAD lab.

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