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Foundation Degree (Arts)
Kitchen Design

This industry-led design course is designed to enhance the skills and career prospects of those working in a range of positions in the kitchen industry, or alternatively for applicants with appropriate experience who wish to change career direction.

Qualification: Foundation Degree (Arts)

Credits: 240

Study mode: Distance learning

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

In order to provide highly skilled and competent individuals for the multi-million pound global kitchen industry, graduates will be exposed to a technically focused and knowledge based programme. enabling them to understanding client needs, be aware of design trends and have appropriate technical capacity.

This course has been designed in conjunction with key members of the kitchen industry and is in response to national training needs. The key target population is for employees already working in the sector covering a wide number of job roles, while individuals with appropriate experience and transferable skills will also be welcomed.

The course is offered as a blended learning opportunity, with three long weekend residential sessions each academic year where you will meet your fellow students, the course team and our industry supporters.

We will expect you to relate knowledge gained through the course to your working environment, so that you both learn from and develop your existing roles. You will be expected to complete weekly learning tasks and contribute to the course as a whole.

What will this course cover?

Kitchens are a multi-million pound global industry. To maximise your share of that industry you need a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce able to understand client needs, design trends and technological developments.

This three-year course is designed to enhance the skills and career prospects of those already engaged in the industry in a range of positions. It is delivered as a distance learning, work-related foundation degree. Three intensive residential skills workshops are included each year at our beautiful Missenden Abbey Conference Centre in the heart of the Chiltern Hills. 

Industry experts will share how they approach projects, develop imaginative designs and understand demands and constraints in kitchen design. You will be prepared to undertake further learning supported by tutors at a distance, using our online learning environment to maintain contact and submit short pieces of project work and gain comments and advice to improve it.

Year One

  • Materials Technologies and Kitchens
  • Kitchen Design Worlds
  • Kitchens in Context 1

Year Two

  • Kitchen Marketing
  • Make a Kitchen Experimentally (MAKE)
  • Kitchens in Context 2

Year Three

  • Kitchen Project Management
  • Personal Kitchen Design Project


The course is offered as a blended learning opportunity, comprising of three long weekend residential sessions each academic year where you will meet your fellow students, the course team and our industry supporters. These sessions will introduce you to key concepts, theories and knowledge which you will then continue to develop through distance learning using our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) and social media where appropriate.

What are the entry requirements?

Students should normally have five GCSEs including English at grade C or above and an appropriate Level three qualification such as A' Levels, National Diploma, Access course, City & Guilds or equivalent.

However relevant work experience from a related industry sector, an aptitude for design and a willingness to commit to the level of personal study required will be given equal consideration.

Please contact us if you need any advice concerning your eligibility for the course.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry
Home and EU students: £5,200 per year.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to recognise the conceptual and theoretical issues that underpin the practices of kitchen design. You will be able to identify the emerging developments and trends within the kitchen industry and the way in which these have developed. You will also understand the ethical and sustainability issues affecting the design and production of kitchens.

In addition, you will be able to generate concepts and ideas in response to set briefs as well as select and evaluate the effectiveness of appropriate materials, processes and environments used in the design and production of kitchens. You will be able to present solutions to design problems in set briefs and self-initiated work, demonstrating creative thinking and approaches to problem-solving in kitchen design.

This course will also help you design and develop kitchens from concept to outcome for a range of consumers and market levels, produce a variety of 2D and 3D visual images and designs in both virtual and physical formats for professional and commercial audience. You will also be able to plan and manage kitchen projects to a professional standard and in adherence to industry and planning standards.