1. Handbook
  2. Subjects
  3. Furniture Workshop

Furniture Workshop (ABPL90222)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

You’re viewing the 2019 Handbook:
Or view archived Handbooks


Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90222
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

With informed consideration of materiality, anthropometrics and fabrication techniques, students will explore ways of delivering a furniture piece that addresses a thematic of ‘The body at rest.’ This ExLab subject values experimentation with making processes, tools, and materials to inform the design process. A resulting final piece should highlight this experimentation process, demonstrate exemplary craft, and serve as a functioning seat for one person.

Students will be exposed to a wide range of making techniques, developing skills in hand-tool usage and modern woodworking equipment. Melbourne makers will be invited to share their work and participate in critiques to progress the students work.

Costs to Students:

Students will be required to purchase all materials used for the development of their design and the production of the final piece. All fabrication costs will be provided for free if the student chooses to use the facilities with the ABP makerspaces. The typical costs to students is $250 - $500 and is determined by the materials selected by the student for their project

Intended learning outcomes

On completion, students should have developed the ability to:

  • Document a design concept from initial idea, through digital and physical iterations to realizing a full-scale furniture outcome which can safely hold 75kg. 
  • Understand a diverse range of digital and non-digital fabrication tools, techniques, and methodologies and be able to appropriately implement those skills.
  • Develop hands-on skills for fabrication and confidence in navigating a modern fabrication workshop environment. 
  • Understand the varieties and appropriate usage of wood and its limitations for fabrication. 
  • Understand the environmental impact of using materials and equipment for furniture making.
  • Learn about important modern furniture designers globally and locally. 


Generic skills

  • Cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesis knowledge about their discipline;  
  • Technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of fabrication tools and techniques  
  • Skill building using hand tools and power tools;  
  • Creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving design problems with intellectual independence; 
  • Communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas;  
  • Be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions. 

Last updated: 3 August 2019