AMUSF Stage 1 - Craft Certificate
Course start Date: September 2020
STUDY DAY: WEDNESDAY or THURSDAY
Time: 9:30am - 4pm
Duration: 36 weeks term time
Venue: Bristol Upholstery Collective
Tutor: Harriet Page - AMUSF Tutor & Creative Upholsterer
Course Director: Leigh-Anne Treadwell - BUC Creative Director
Awarding Body: Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF)
Governing Body: Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers.
Stage 1 - Craft Certificate (1 year)
Stage 2 - Intermediate Craft Skills (1 year)
Stage 3 - Diploma (Full Diploma achieved after 3 years study, achieving a pass at each stage)
Applications open 24th January 2020
2nd round of applications deadline 28th February 2020
interviews commence week starting 10th March 2020
Stage 1 – Craft Certificate
Each Stage, runs 1 day a week over 36 weeks spread throughout the year, from September 2020 – July 2021.
The day starts at 9.30 and runs until 4pm with a half hour lunch break.
The projects are a mixture of exercise pieces (provided) and rebuilds of original upholstered furniture (sourced by the student).
The emphasis is on giving you the skills to create good quality upholstery – but not forgetting that ‘creative flair’ we are known for here at Bristol Upholstery Collective.
As an AMUSF approved training centre, with the freedom to inspire your wildest creative side and personal style, we’ll be sharing our passion for truly creative upholstery and our unique approach to furniture industry.
The AMUSF upholstery qualification will be progressive, leading to a Diploma.
A Pass will be required at each stage before a student can progress to the next stage.
Stage 1 – Craft Certificate (1 year)
Stage 2 – Intermediate Craft Skills (1 year)
Stage 3 – Diploma (1 year)
What Our Students Say...
"Enjoyable & relaxing - but full on!"
"Overall, loved the experience. I've found the environment really supportive and encouraging whilst learning so many new skills. Always able to ask further questions and encouraged to be creative.
It's hugely improved my self confidence enabling me to push myself at my own pace."
"Fast paced, diverse, exciting, interesting, creative, supported, fun, engaging.
Stage 1 has been a fantastic introduction to upholstery. It's hard work but the support thought has been exemplary and the end results outstanding."
"Really enlightening! It's more serious that I initially thought it would be but as a result I feel capable & more confident in my work!"
"A very steep learning curve but with lots of help & support. Seeing the completion of the projects makes all the hard work worth it."
"A whirlwind of technique & process! Excellent contextual & historical referencing throughout by a very skilled & knowledgeable tutor."
"Overall I loved my experience here. I found the environment to be really supportive & encouraging. It's hugely improved my self confidence, enabling me to push myself at my own pace. I will miss my Fridays' at BUC enormously!"
Thank you for your lovely email. I just wanted to say I’m proud to be part of the BUC, loving upholstery and thoroughly enjoying our lessons with the amazing Harriet.
Fabulous news about the chair competition commendations and the BFM award. What a great and well deserved start to 2020.
It has been so brilliant being in the stage one this year, I've loved every second of it. I'd like to pass on how fab Harriet is as a tutor, so patient, skilled and attentive. I feel incredibly privilaged to be part of BUC.
"Really rewarding, learnt so many new skills and met some lovely people."
"Coffee, cakes, chat, laughter and a huge learning curve - perfect!"
Stage 1 Syllabus 2020 - 2021
Drop in seat – Modern & Traditional Upholstery Techniques. (Exercise - materials inc.)
Stitch and Stuff over – exercise practice piece (Exercise - materials inc.)
Project Three - Assessed project
A traditionally upholstered sprung dining chair (Sourced & funded by student)
Modern buttoning exercise (Exercise - materials inc.)
Sprung Arm exercise (Exercise - materials inc.)
Bolster end with Piping (Exercise - materials inc.)
Making a piped box cushion (on going throughout the year)
Project eight - Assessed project
Upholstered and Lined Box with decorative detail and deep buttoned lid (Sourced & funded by student)
The perfect project to unleash your personal creative style and demonstrate various techniques practiced prior to this project. This is the finale ‘Show Stopper’ piece, where you’ll be encouraged to incorporate a themed idea to ‘Wow’ the AMUSF verifiers.
Written Research Project
Title - “Fabric Characteristics, Identification & appropriate Usage”
Project portfolio and notes
This is an intensive training course where you will be learning a lot in a short space of time. To help you retain this knowledge so that you can build on it after (and during) the course we expect you to keep a project portfolio of photographs and notes that you make during the classes. We will guide you in ways to achieve this, but encourage you to make the most of this opportunity – so make sure you have a notebook and camera ready! The portfolio will provide evidence to help us assess your work during the Diploma. We suggest that you keep your portfolio up-to-date as you go, as it's a lot to present if saved to the last minute!
The year ends with a Celebratory Exhibition of student works.
Additional learning and benefits:
Business Start-up discussion
Fire Regulations for commercial & domestic upholstered products Fabric Design & Print
End of Year Exhibition
Student Online Chair Shop to sell your items if you so wish!