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Upholstery and Furniture Restoration

If you have an item of furniture that you would like to renovate and you have a practical nature then this course will be suitable for you. Items may include something you already have at home or that you may find at auction, or in second-hand shops, on the internet or even at the local tip! If you have not done anything in this subject before you are advised to choose a project that is simple to begin with. If you are unsure what qualifies as ‘simple’ please contact the office for advice. This is a hands-on course for beginners and improvers. No previous experience is necessary, but physical mobility in the hands and arms is essential. The course content is flexible and dependent on the choice of your project. A wide range of practical skills can be catered for including upholstery; polishing; caning; wood preparation and minor repairs; veneering; gilding; and shabby chic techniques. The items of furniture you choose to work on can be modern, antique, or recycled.

For further information about this course please contact Torquay Adult & Community Learning on 01803 540865 or email acltorquay@southdevon.ac.uk

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Code Location Dates Day Times Weeks 19-23 Fee 19+ Fee  
AL9D491PDC Adult Torquay 20/SEP/17 - 22/NOV/17 WED 18:45 - 20:45 7 £64.00
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AL9D401PDC Adult Torquay 19/SEP/17 - 21/NOV/17 TUE 18:45 - 20:45 7 £64.00
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FC Courses marked are full cost with no reductions available.
T2 Courses marked may entitle you to free tuition fees if you are enrolling on your first full Level 2 qualification and are 19 to 23 years olds.
T3 Courses marked may entitle you to free tuition fees if you are enrolling on your first full Level 3 qualification and are 19 to 23 years olds.
19+ Courses marked may entitle you to an Advanced Learning Loan to help fund your studies, available for learners aged 19 or over.

“I chose to study the Foundation in Art and Design course and specialised in Photography. College gives you a lot more freedom, the lessons are structured more professionally which gives you an idea of what it will be like at university. I would really recommend this course if you want to grow as a designer."Alfie Reddy

Adult and Community Learning – Torquay

We provide a vast range of Adult and Community Learning courses that enable you to try something new and recreational. Our provision is delivered at various locations for your convenience in Brixham, Paignton, Newton Abbot and Torquay.

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Monday – Wednesday 18:15 – 20:30

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