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Upholstery Level 3 Association of Master Upholsters

This course is for students who want to learn and improve their upholstery skills. It’s one day a week and runs for 36 weeks in the Rycotewood Furniture workshops, a main partner in the National School of Furniture.

If you want to learn upholstery to gain a recognised qualification then this course can progress your career into the furniture industry.

What do I learn?
The course introduces you to the skills needed to upholster a T-shaped cushion with zip and piping. You also:
• re-upholster using traditional materials and methods on an easy chair with two of the following elements: sprung seat, an independent sprung edge, sprung arms, scroll arms or a deep-buttoned back
• complete a further project, using examples of modern materials and methods
• complete a written project (mandatory): history of upholstery hide and textiles, including fabric recognition and composition

The majority of this course is taught in the workshop via practical activities and demonstrations. There are some lectures on design, materials and tools used, and health and safety.

You complete practical assignments, produce a portfolio of underpinning knowledge and a design studies portfolio. Work is continuously assessed by practical exercises and written work.
What do I gain?
You have the opportunity to develop your practical skills and gain a greater understanding of the furniture and furnishings industry.
What do I need?
Contact us to discuss entry requirements.
What can I do next?
On successful completion of the course you can seek employment or a higher-level upholstery course, or look at our furniture design-and-make courses.
What else do I need to know?
On successful completion of the course you can seek employment or a higher-level upholstery course, or look at our furniture design-and-make courses.

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