In Australia there are only a handful of courses and programs teaching furniture making, craft, restoration, conservation, or repair. Many schools are forgoing practical woodshops and course material in favour of industrial design or nothing at all.
The education of craft and hands on engagement with materials is valuable to growing a better understanding of the world and better capacity in one's self. It is the single most important activity I have ever been involved in.
I have designed many woodworking and restoration courses across Sydney and I have taught even more. When I design a course, I always start with asking what I want my students to know and understand. Every course is built around changing the way the students see and understand the materials and tools they are working with to give them the greatest chance to grow in their practice.