Develop your creative ability on a course with a design culture that considers all aspects of furniture and related product design, and a philosophy that thrives on new ideas, new ways of doing things and the exploration of creative possibilities. We celebrate diversity and encourage our students to develop their own personal identities. You learn to think about furniture in its broadest terms, developing your creativity by exploring space, form and structure. Your study includes • research skills • idea generation • concept development • ergonomics • model and prototype making • production and communication. You work on a diverse range of design projects to develop your understanding of furniture in domestic and commercial environments. This range helps you to consider the needs of different users. You also gain awareness of computer-aided design and manufacture, small to mass scale production and business and marketing issues. Key areas include • creative design projects • workshop and IT skills • contextual studies • technology • human factors • design and innovation • CAD • design for public exhibition • design theory and history. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. **Placements and work experience** In your third year you can choose to do an optional placement year, providing you with the opportunity to add to your CV. Placements give you the opportunity to apply your learning, develop new and existing skills and increase your knowledge and experience. Our students have secured placements with companies such as • Coexistence • Senator • NoughtOne • Ocee Design • BDP Lighting. At the end of your final year, you have the opportunity to present your work to the public as well as prospective employers. You can showcase your work at our annual degree show, as well as the national New Designers exhibition held at the Business Design Centre in London. We have strong links with the furniture industry, leading to live projects that help you to understand market forces and technological issues. You visit national and international exhibitions and companies such as • Ocee • Tom Dixon • Jasper Morrison • Moooi • Vitra • Viaduct • Senator. This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), an amazing, diverse community of makers – where staff, students and partners work as equals to deliver real innovation and creativity. SIA opened in 1843 and is one of the UK's oldest Art and Design Schools. We have recently moved into the Head Post Office, a redesigned Grade II listed building. It includes state-of-the-art workshops which provide you with a unique studio-based learning environment in the heart of the creative community.