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Program Philosophy

The B.F.A. in Furniture Design is a professional undergraduate degree for students desiring extensive studio experience with an emphasis in Furniture Design. Students in the program develop critical thinking skills, refine their intellectual and creative processes, and learn both traditional and contemporary aspects of the furniture designer's craft.

Herron School of Art and Design has established a tradition of providing a rich and stimulating environment for aspiring studio art furniture makers. The Furniture Design Program curriculum provides students the framework for their development as designers and makers. The Furniture Design Program's commitment to excellence is reflected in the high standards of professionalism achieved by its graduates.

Courses are taught by experienced and accomplished faculty. Students have the use of a well-equipped and maintained woodworking shop/studio. Introductory courses stress the importance of drawing, conceptualizing skills, design research and development, construction techniques and technologies, model making, art furniture history, and the completion of full-size furniture prototypes.

Intermediate and advanced courses challenge students to continue to develop their technical skills and begin to forage personal design aesthetic. Career goals and strategies are explored and developed. Classes are augmented with visiting artists, field trips, student/professional design competitions and shows, and other pertinent professional activities.