Herron School of Art and Design has an established reputation in Furniture Design based on the long-standing strength of its undergraduate program. Commencing in the Fall of 2008, the first graduate students to pursue the MFA at Herron with an emphasis in Furniture Design will contribute to the school’s reputation for excellence, reflected in the high standards of professionalism achieved by its alumni.
As a graduate student in Furniture Design at Herron, you develop your creative vision making use of an exceptionally well-equipped and maintained woodworking shop/studio within the state-of-the-art 169,000-square-foot new facility, Eskenazi Hall, that Herron opened in 2005. A major grant has supported the Furniture Design program in acquiring an outstanding array of new equipment. Coursework stresses the development of professional mastery in project planning, design research, construction techniques, and technologies. Students develop a body of work emphasizing a personal design aesthetic. Students develop a body of work emphasizing a personal design aesthetic. Career goals and strategies are explored and developed, and a systematic sequence of coursework at the graduate level provides students with the experience and knowledge necessary to pursue professional commissions, to work in collaboration with other artists, craftsmen and creative thinkers, and to understand how to develop a successful professional career in the 21st century. Coursework is augmented with visiting artists, field trips, design competitions, exhibition opportunities, public art projects, and other pertinent professional activities.
“Students develop a body of work emphasizing a personal design aesthetic.”