Within one year of graduating, 91% of MCAD alumni are working, pursuing further education, or engaged in military or volunteer service.*

This is no accident—MCAD’s furniture design curriculum gets students focused on their careers early and enables them to successfully transition from student to professional.

Furniture designers use a variety of skills to create furniture and related products for industrial, commercial, and domestic clients. Designers may work alone or alongside colleagues, creating concepts and designs that balance innovative design, functional requirements, and aesthetic appeal.


Potential Careers


Purchase product lines of furniture and accessories from manufacturers and furniture makers to be sold in retail stores. Stay up-to-date on industry trends and consumer behaviors.

Fixture Designer

Develop and design retail store fixtures, display units, mannequins, etc.

Furniture Designer

Create furniture for everything from mass production to custom or "art furniture." Custom furniture is often designed and produced for individual residences, museums, specialty stores, and other businesses that have specific needs.

Furniture Fabricator

Construct furniture in assembly type fashion or aid with custom construction. Expert craftsmanship and attention to detail is necessary.

Lighting Designer

Entails a range of work from designing specialized theater or interior lighting to designing lighting for retail sale.


*Based on the 2016/17 MCAD Alumni Outcomes Survey, within one year of graduation, 87% of alumni report working, 3% are engaging in military or volunteer service, and 1% are pursuing further education.

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