MCAD’s furniture design major blends craft and design.

In this major you develop traditional craft techniques alongside alternative materials exploration. Using current digital technologies, your problem-solving skills are nurtured and critical thinking is expected. You develop a strong commitment to professional practice through exposure to the professional world of furniture design. Cross-pollination with other practices, including sculpture, gives you the tools to create unique and authentic work.

From your first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences, the BFA curriculum is a systematic process that transforms you from an MCAD student into a creative professional.

Year One: MCAD Community

  • Develop your place in the MCAD community through classes, critiques, student activities, and more
  • Explore your major options
  • Take foundation classes
    • Studio: technical skills and work ethic
    • Liberal arts: art history and vocabulary

Year Two: Focusing Interests

  • Declare furniture design as your major
  • Build concentrated design skills, both conceptual and technical

Year Three: The Community of Practice

Year Four: The Professional World

  • Deepen your investigation of and commitment to your body of work
  • Participate in the Emerging Talent Showcase and share your work with potential employers
  • Develop and complete a semester-long project to culminate in the Commencement Exhibition

Furniture Design Major Outcomes 

  • Traditional and experimental building techniques, including material knowledge and appropriate use of historical context from the past to current.
  • Individual design methodologies including but not limited to the following: rapid visualization, CAD, research, trending, and outsourcing fabrication.
  • Professional practice, including presentation techniques, digital presentation, and written requests for proposal (RFP), creation and following a design brief.
  • Creating an authentic body of work ranging from studio to mass production furniture.

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