Advanced Professional Diploma in Upholstery
This second in-depth year of tuition allows students who have graduated from the Professional Diploma Course to further explore creative upholstery and to gain confidence in their technical skills.
Students build their repertoire working on two complex pieces of furniture, plus creating a comprehensive portfolio of advanced techniques. Each student will work on the restoration of a traditional sprung armchair. Their will second piece will be reupholstered using modern techniques and materials, such as a concave mid-20th century style egg chair. Students will build up their range of technical skills, including more complex traditional stitched edges, fluting, decorative techniques and deep buttoning styles.
This course is designed for graduates of the One Year Diploma course and may be enrolled on immediately after the first year, or after a break.
The course runs for 35 days, one day a week thoughout the academic year. Depending on the class you book, courses run from September to July or January to December.
• Upholster a mid-century concave chair (egg chair): fully reupholstered. Modern methods
• Build a portfolio of creative upholstery techniques, including fluting, surface quilting, deep and shallow buttoning styles. A minimum of four of these technique must be worked up to finished sample frame.
• Upholster a well seat using traditional stitching methods and materials.
• Restore a traditional armchair, with coil sprung seat. Should include at least two of the following: scroll arms or stitched-up edges to arms; independent sprung edges, deep buttoning, fluting or an iron-framed chair.
Theory and written work:
All practical projects will be documented in a portfolio, explaining full understanding of methods and materials used. All practical projects will have a full write-up of fire regulations pertinent to that project, and presented as to a potential customer.
A fully detailed description of course content is available as a pdf. Please enquire by email.
The next Traditional Upholstery School Professional Diplomas start in January 2019 and September 2019. The January 2019 classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout term time, and will conclude in December 2019. The September 2019 class is on Thursdays throughout term time and concludes in July 2020. Students will receive their Certificate of Graduation at the end of the course. The day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4.30pm.
Please note, we are now enrolling for January 2019.