Program Philosophy

Herron School of Art 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.

Experienced and accomplished faculty teaches courses. 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 forge a 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.