Building Contemporary Furniture (Fall 2014)

Fine Arts

Master craftspeople have been making furniture one piece at a time for centuries. There's just something about these unique works that can't be duplicated in a factory. This introductory class will examine the basic philosophy of contemporary furniture design and construction, focusing on design, drawing, building, and critique.

Each student will be able to design and construct a piece of furniture using materials such as wood, glass, plastics, or off-the-shelf components. Depending on project choices, students will learn woodworking or other skills to create their designs. / Facilities fee of $50 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Prerequisite: Shop experience is not required, but is helpful.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil; permanent markers; sketchbook or tablet of graph paper for scale drawings; safety glasses; tape measure and ruler. / A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

What to Wear: Closed-toe shoes and clothing appropriate for working in a shop (long pants).  

Please Register Before: September 10

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met. Update: Minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings

/ Register on or before Aug 25 and receive $25 off total tuition.
/ More tuition savings. Do you qualify?


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Image courtesy of instructors Nate and Erin Moren.

Course Details

Course Number: ED 9446
Dates: Sep. 13 – Nov. 15
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Erin and Nate Moren
Main Building Room Room 125/3D Shop
Non-Credit Tuition: $380.00
1 Credit Tuition: $776.00

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