Buckinghamshire New University is looking forward to accepting the first cohort of students on to its Foundation Degree in Kitchen Design.
The qualification has attracted widespread industry support and its first intake of students will start with a residential study weekend at the University’s Missenden Abbey Conference Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, from 19-21 September.
Developed in response to the need for more training in the area of kitchen design, the industry-led Foundation Degree aims to increase the skills and knowledge of those working in the sector, as well as recognising the professionalism of those holding a formal qualification.
It is a three-year blended learning Foundation Degree and includes three long-weekend residential sessions where students will have the opportunity to meet fellow students, tutors and industry supporters and be introduced to key concepts and theories. Students will also learn online and benefit from Internet contact with lecturers.
The course is aimed at giving students an in-depth understanding of how to undertake design projects from start to finish, and includes modules on topics such as ‘Kitchen Marketing’ and ‘Kitchen Design Worlds’.
Scholarships for the qualification have been pledged by leading firms Blum, Bosch Siemens Home, Miele, Hettich, and Mereway Kitchens.
Bucks New University is also working with other major players that have pledged support for the course, including Callerton Kitchens, Counter Production,
Dupont Corian UK Ltd, Mark and Cynthia Wilkinson, Roundhouse Design, and Sensio.
Professor Alison Shreeve, Head of School - Design, Craft & Visual Arts at Bucks New University, said: “We are very excited to meet our first group of students.
“I am delighted with the support the kitchen design industry has given and look forward to ensuring our students get the most from this as the qualification develops over the next few years.”
Applications for the Foundation Degree can still be made. The closing date is Friday 5 September. Further details are at www.bucks.ac.uk
Buckinghamshire New University has enjoyed a long and successful history since it was founded in 1893. The University offers an extensive portfolio of courses spanning the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector. It also offers services to industry including contract research, consultancy and the opportunity to employ graduates.
The University has a state-of-the-art building in High Wycombe known as the Gateway, which comprises a learning resource and technology centre, events hall, gym, sports science laboratory, dance, drama, music and video production studios, library and meeting rooms. It also offers a growing provision of student accommodation in High Wycombe; and a thriving base for nursing students and applied healthcare research in Uxbridge, West London.
Its alumni include television star Noel Fielding and London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic medallists Naomi Riches and Chloe Rogers, and it has bestowed honorary degrees on well-known figures including Fern Britton, Terry Wogan and England Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio.
For further information, details and images contact Dean Valler, Communications Officer at Buckinghamshire New University, on 01494 601 636 or 07920 212 937 or email .